Conference speakers’ profiles

Dr Paul Ayris, UCL

Dr Ayris was appointed as Director of UCL Library Services in 1997. Since 2017 his job title has been Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He is also the UCL Copyright Officer. Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14; he is now Advisor to the LIBER Board on EU matters. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Community of Chief Information Officers. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is the Chair of JISC Collections’ Electronic Information Resources Working Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris also became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.

Professor Kurt Deketelaere, League of European Research Universities (LERU)
Since July 2009, Kurt is the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU,, an association of twenty-three leading comprehensive and research-intensive universities, promoting the interests of frontier research, innovation and education with the EU institutions. For his “exemplary leadership of LERU”, he is awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh on 6 July 2017. Before joining LERU, he was the chief legal advisor (2004-2007) and the chief of staff (2007-2009) of the Flemish Minister for Public Works, Energy, Environment and Nature.
He is still a full professor of Environment, Energy, Climate and Construction Law (however on part-time leave since 2007) at the University of Leuven, the university where he studied law (1984-1989), obtained his PhD in Law (1989-1995) and spent (until now) his whole academic career. Furthermore, he is an honorary professor of law at the University of Malta and the University of Dundee, was awarded the Hou-De Honorary Chair at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and has been a visiting professor of law at the Universities of London, Sydney, Singapore, Keio and Chuo.
He is a member of the International Advisory Board of IE University (Madrid) and Humanitas University (Milano), the High Level Advisory Board of the Insight Foresight Institute (IFI) in Madrid, and the International Leadership Advisory Board of the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (Dubai). Upon the invitation of the European Commission, he is a member of the Open Science Policy Platform and the ABS Consultation Forum.
Finally, he chairs the Flemish Environmental Damages Commission, co-chairs the Malta Legal Forum on Adaptation to Climate Change, and is on the board of a number of profit (MRBB, AIF, AVEVE, M-tech) and non-profit (I-Cleantech, VVBBCI) organisations in Belgium. He was chairman of the Flemish Energy Regulator (VREG) from February 2012 to February 2017.

Dr Claudio Gutiérrez, Universidad de Chile / Center for Semantic Web Research

Dr. Claudio Gutierrez is a permanent professor in the Computer Science Department at Universidad de Chile. His main research interests are linked data, open data and data semantics on the Web. He has authored over one hundred articles on these topics and has been the editor of several books.
Also, Dr. Gutierrez is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics.
He has received diverse international awards, including two “Test of Time Award”, given to outstanding papers still relevant after a decade, in the area of Semantic Web and Database Theory.
Dr. Gutierrez has worked in several open data projects for the government of Chile, including a technical norm for electronic documents, the technological implementation of transparency and the Chilean data portal.


Dr Eva Méndez Rodriguez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain

Eva Méndez Rodriguez holds a PhD in Library and Information Sciences and she is an expert in metadata. She has been a lecturer at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) since 1997. She has been an active member of several international research teams on various standards for the Web. She is member Advisory Committee of the DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative) since 2005 and of OpenAire from 2015. During 2005-06 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship, as part of the European Union postdoc programme, at the Metadata Research Center (USA).
She has taken part in and led several research projects and acted as advisor to many more in the fields related with standardization, metadata, semantic web, open data, digital repositories and libraries, in addition to information policies for development in several countries. She is one of the original signatories of The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. In 2015 she won the Young Researcher of Excellence award of her University, and from May this year she is Deputy Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education of the UC3M (Spain). Currently, she is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Network of Academic Libraries (REBIUN) and from May 2016 she belongs to the High Level Expert Group European Open Science Policy Platform.

Dr Per Öster, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland

Per Öster is Director at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland where he is leading the Research Infrastructure and Policy unit. The unit is managing the relations with major research infrastructures and have responsibility for CSC’s and Finland’s participation in e-infrastructures and major initiatives such as EUDAT, EGI, PRACE, Research Data Alliance (RDA), Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC), and hosting of the Finnish node of the biocomputing infrastructure ELIXIR. Öster is one of the founders of EGI and was its first Council chair. He is presently chair of the executive board of the collaborative data infrastructure EUDAT and represents also Finland and CSC on the board of ELIXIR. Further he represents CSC in Knowledge Exchange, a partnership to promote open scholarship and improve services for higher education and research in Europe.
He has more than 20 years of experience in computational science from both academia and industry. He has a background in theoretical atomic physics and received, in 1990, a doctorate in physics from the Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg/Chalmers University of Technology.

Prof David Price, UCL

Prof David Price is UCL Vice-Provost (Research), with responsibility for promoting, supporting and facilitating UCL’s research performance, including securing the highest-quality research outputs across UCL and maximising the impact of its research. He is Professor of Mineral Physics at UCL, a Member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council, and Co-Convenor of the Committee of Vice-Rectors of Research of the League of European Research Universities.