EOSC FAIR Champions


FAIR-IMPACT is actively engaging with stakeholder communities for the adoption of the FAIR principles.

A group of 13 EOSC FAIR Champions were selected via an Open Call and will act as ambassadors for FAIR, engage their communities, and advocate for adoption of the project results. The EOSC FAIR Champions will also be involved in facilitating national roadshows in their country, and will contribute to the development of FAIR implementation stories. 

Meet our Champions below! (listed in alphabetical order)


Sarah Barber

Affiliation: Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
Country: Switzerland

Sarah Barber is Head of the Wind Energy Innovation Division at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and is founder and president of the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network. She is a lecturer in wind energy at the universities of St. Gallen and Graubünden. As well as this, she is a qualified Business Coach and runs leadership workshops for engineers in her spare time. She recently become Chair of the Diversity Committee at the European Academy of Wind Energy. Sarah has a joint M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) and MIT (USA) and a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics from the University of Sheffield (UK). She has been active in the R&D of wind energy since 2007, as a Postdoc and Lecturer at ETH Zurich, Wind Energy Expert at BKW Energie AG, Chief Technology Officer at Agile Wind Power AG (CH) and Group Manager at Fraunhofer IWES (DE).

Camilla Hagen Blixhavn

Affiliation: University of Oslo
Country: Norway

Camilla is a PhD student in Neuroinformatics at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her PhD project titled: "Towards FAIR and Open neuroscience: Integrating multimodal and multilevel experimental data using brain reference atlases" aims to pilot and demonstrate new approaches to sharing and using experimental neuroscience data via the large-scale EBRAINS infrastructure for open sharing of organized and 
curated research, established by the Human Brain Project (HBP). Camilla has previously contributed as researcher, data curator, and team coordinator for the HBP. She has experience from practical management of the HBP curation team, communication with international project participants, development of workflows, tutorials, and courses in digital brain atlasing and neuroinformatics.


Giulia Caldoni

Affiliation: University of Bologna
Country: Italy

Giulia Caldoni received her bachelor's degree in Biology and Biomedical Applications in 2018 and then, in 2022, her PhD in Oncology, Hematology and Pathology from the University of Bologna. A research fellow, Giulia has been working as a Data Steward for the biomedical area at the Research Area of the University of Bologna since 2022. The focus of her activity is the support of data management in the biomedical/clinical area, via the promotion of Open Science and FAIR data management practices. Giulia supports biomedical researchers in implementing strategies for research preservation and reproducibility. She is collaborating in various frameworks to develop and share new tools, best practices, and experiences in the context of open science and researcher support.

Javier de la Cueva

Affiliation: University of the Instituto de Empresa
Country: Spain

Javier de la Cueva (Madrid, 1962) holds a Licentiate degree in Law, a Master in Advanced Studies in Philosophy and is Doctor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid. He works as a practicing lawyer, as a lecturer at the University of the Instituto de Empresa, and as a researcher. As a lawyer (1989 on), he is specialized in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), discipline in which he advises and litigates mainly in the fields of Intellectual Property Rights and Privacy. As a lecturer, he teaches the subjects of Intellectual Property Law and Communication and Law. He is a GNU/Linux (open/free software) user since 1998 and is systems administrator under this operating system since 2003.

Romain David

Affiliation: ERINHA AISBL
Country: Belgium

Romain is a Research fellow - Data Steward at ERINHA AISBL (European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents). He has a PhD and 20+ year exp both in terrestrial / marine ecological engineering, Life Sciences information systems and database management - network animation. Romain is a "Data Mining and graph approach" addict and a Data Management Plan with FAIR Compliance evangelizer. Involved in a BSL4 laboratories network, he has to increase sensitive data sharing dealing with high containment facilities policies and Dual Use Research Concerns.

Richard Dennis

Affiliation: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine – reNEW, University of Copenhagen
Country: Denmark

Richard specialises in various data management and governance aspects as a Research Consultant - Data Steward at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine – reNEW, University of Copenhagen. His focus areas include Data Governance, Research Data Management, and Data Repositories using Dataverse. He also works with FAIR Principles and FAIR Digital Objects to ensure data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. In addition, and has expertise in the Data Science Process and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Anandhi Iyappan

Affiliation: EMBL
Country: Germany

Anandhi is a hardcore science enthusiast driven with an unwavering love for patient healthcare and treatment. She has a bachelors in Microbiology (Bachelors) and masters in Bioinformatics. She did her PhD on applied neuroscience and the topic titled "Semantic data modelling of multi-omic data integration in neurodegenerative diseases (NDD)". Anandhi is currently working as a data and metadata standards officer where she is a coordinator of The German Human Genome-Phenome Archive metadata group which helps  in developing a national infrastructure for human genomic and other omics data.

Mari Kleemola

Affiliation: Finnish Social Science Data Archive
Country: Finland

Mari is a Development Manager and Deputy Director at the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD), Tampere University. FSD is the Finnish national Service Provider for CESSDA ERIC. Her background is in economics and social sciences and she have 20+ years of experience in digital data preservation and open science. Her expertise areas include metadata, standards, FAIR and certification of repositories. Recently she have worked on projects building the European Open Science Cloud on topics related to data catalogues, metadata and certification, e.g. BY-COVID, COORDINATE, EOSC Future, SSHOC, EOSC-Nordic.

Geta Mitrea

Affiliation: University `Stefan cel Mare from Suceava
Country: Romania

Geta is currently Lecturer PhD at University `Stefan cel Mare` from Suceava, Romania. Since 2022, Mitrea is RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for Social Sciences and FAIRsharing Community Curator (Humanities and Social Science). Also, she was a member in expert Group on facilitating the use of new data sources for official statistics for European Commission – Eurostat and a monitoring expert for projects ROSE – Scholarship Scheme for Universities for Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research (MENCS). 

Fotis Mystakopoulos

Affiliation: OPERAS AISBL
Country: Greece

Fotis is a Project Policy Officer for OPERAS Research Infrastructure working specifically on Skills4EOSC and GraspOS, projects that are implementing the most recent Open Science practices, including FAIR-by-design training materials, and creating a network of Competence Centres where professionals could grow their skills. OPERAS Research Infrastructure is dedicated to open scholarly communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) domain. As an infrastructure, OPERAS is developing several services for researchers and OA publishers to increase quality and visibility of SSH outputs.

Antonio Novellino

Affiliation: ETT SpA
Country: Italy

Antonio Novellino has a PhD in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, as well as a MSc Biomedical Engineering. He is a certified Data Scientist and a member of the EuroGOOS DATAMEQ group and contributes to several EuroGOOS Task Teams for advising on operational oceanography data management procedures and standards. Antonio started working on EMODnet (past 12 years) with the main goal to make data 2-3 clicks away from the users.

Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Affiliation: Oxford e-Research Centre
Country: United Kingdom

Since 2001, Susanna operates in the area of data interoperability, research integrity and the evolution of scholarly publishing, working with and for researchers, service providers, journal publishers, library science experts, funders and learned societies in the academic as well as in the commercial and governmental setting. With her group at the University of Oxford she: (i) enables science by investigating and implementing methods, standards and tools to improve data curation and publication; (ii) influences data policies by leading and promoting guiding principles for data management and stewardship to support data reuse; (iii) prepares the new generation of scientists by creating and delivering educational material, to address the glaring lack of courses in these specialized subjects.

She has initiated and participated in a variety of community activities across disciplines, seating on journal editorial (e.g. Nature's Scientific Data) and organizational boards (e.g. Dryad, RDA TAB, Centre of Open Science), co-chairing groups (e.g. RDA FAIRsharing WG), fostering community work (e.g. Terms4FAIRskills), and being a member of community-driven formal groups (e.g. ISO, EOSC FAIR Metrics and Data Quality Task Force). She is active in all disciplines, with a focus in the life science, for example, she co-leads the ELIXIR Interoperability Platform.

Armin Straube

Affiliation: University of Limerick
Country: Ireland {Republic}

Armin Straube is a Research Data Manager at the University of Limerick in Ireland. His tasks include teaching and consultancy around open research in general and research data in particular. As part of the digital scholarship initiative of the library, Armin developed a Data Visualisation Lab and organises regular programming and data workshops for researchers, including a Summer School. 

Beyond his university experience, Armin is an RDA member involved in several WGs and a licensed Library Carpentry instructor and part of a national group aiming to upgrade the technical knowledge of library staff. He frequently works with the Arabic Counsel for the Social Sciences (ACSS) to train trainers for research data management in Arabic countries.