The High Level Advisory Committee (HLAC) is a group of international experts appointed by the Executive Committee of FAIRsFAIR to deliver independent expert advice on the strategy and implementation of the project. The HLAC  assists the governance bodies of the project – General Assembly, Executive Committee and Project Coordination Office – and ensures that FAIRsFAIR can adapt its strategy and remain relevant in a fast-moving data landscape.

Members of the HLAC are appointed in their personal capacity for the duration of the project and cover a wide range of disciplines and stakeholders including research organizations, funders of research, policymakers, standardisation bodies and publishers.

The HLAC was formally appointed on 3 June 2019 and until February 2022.



Who are the HLAC members?

Jaana Bäck

Affiliation: University of Helsinki
Country: Finland

Jaana Bäck, University of Helsinki (UHEL), Institute for Atmosphere and Earth System Research INAR. Prof. Jaana Bäck’s field is forest-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks. She has contributed to the conceptual understanding on how biosphere eco-physiological processes, e.g. biogeochemical cycles, trace gas exchange and soil processes, are affected by environmental factors. In particular, she is interested in how ecosystems act as carbon sinks and contribute to atmospheric aerosol formation and this way slow down the climate change especially in arctic and boreal regions. She has been involved in Arctic research for 30 years, and has studied e.g. the effects of atmospheric pollutants on forests in Lapland.

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David Carr

Affiliation: Wellcome Trust
Country: United Kingdom

David Carr is Programme Manager for Open Research at the l, and helps drive’s Wellcome’s efforts to maximise the availability and use of research outputs (including data, publications, software and materials), in ways that will enrich the research enterprise and accelerate the delivery of health benefits. Prior to this, David was a Policy Adviser at Wellcome where he led on work to develop and communicate Wellcome’s policy in several areas, including research data sharing, open access publishing, biosecurity and genetics.

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Patricia Clarke

Affiliation: Health Research Board (HRB)
Country: Ireland {Republic}

Dr. Clarke is Programme Manager, Policy and EU Funding, at the Health Research Board, Ireland and a National Delegate in H2020 Societal Challenge Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing. Dr. Clarke has a particular interest in open research and is responsible for the HRB Open Research publishing platform. She is also co-chair of the National Open Research Forum with the Higher Education Authority, and a member of the EU Commission expert group on National Points of Reference on Scientific Information.

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Francoise Genova

Affiliation: Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre
Country: France

Dr. Genova is one of the founders of the astronomical Virtual Observatory initiative, chaired the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) Executive Board in 2006-2007, and has led operations in France since 2004. She has also coordinated several related European projects on behalf of CNRS. Director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre from 1995 to 2015, Dr Genova led the Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability Work Package of the European ASTERICS Cluster, the aim of which was to optimise the use of data coming from the astronomical and astroparticle physics ESFRIs and other large projects.


Stan Gielen

Affiliation: Dutch Research Council: NWO
Country: Netherlands

Dr. Gielen holds a PhD in biophysics and worked at Northwestern University, UCLA, and  University Utrecht before being appointed as Full Professor of Biophysics at Radboud University Nijmegen (1988) with a chair in both the science and medical faculties. From 2010 to 2016 he served as dean of the Faculty of Science.

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Thomas Hahn

Affiliation: Siemens
Country: Germany

Thomas Hahn has been Chief Software Expert at Siemens AG since 2011. After studying computer science at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen he joined the company in 1986 and worked as a product developer in the field of industrial networks in Erlangen. In 1993 he moved to Nuremberg, where he worked in product management for SIMATIC and as a project manager responsible for development of SIMATIC STEP 7. From 1997 he worked as Head of Development atTraffic Control Systems in Munich for two years.

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Rūta Petrauskaitė

Affiliation: Vytautas Magnus University
Country: Lithuania

Rūta Petrauskaitė is a professor at Vytautas Magnus University and a proponent of data-driven research, Open Access and data sharing initiatives. With research interests ranging from corpus and computational linguistics to discourse analyses, she has initiated and supervised compilations of the first big corpora of the Lithuanian language and performed corpus-based research in most fields of linguistics.

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Carthage Smith

Affiliation: Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)
Country: United Kingdom

Dr. Smith joined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in June 2014 as head of the Global Science Forum Secretariat. His work with national members to define the overall strategy and priorities for the Forum, includes defining policy on research infrastructures, Open Science, research funding mechanisms, and science advisory processes.

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Shelley Stall

Affiliation: American Geophysical Union
Country: United States

Shelley Stall is the Senior Director for the American Geophysical Union’s Data Leadership Program. She works with AGU’s members, their organizations, and the broader research community to improve data and digital object practices with the ultimate goal of elevating how research data is managed and valued. Better data management results in better science.

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