LESLEY BLANCAS<br /> <br />AScience Advisor and the Director for the Americas for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate – International Cooperative Programs Office (ICPO). Dr. Blancas shares responsibility for overseeing and managing the annual academic grant competition for international research in homeland security mission areas. Prior to joining DHS in February of 2009, Dr. Blancas, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for S&T Diplomacy Fellow (2009-2010), served as a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Organizations, Office of UN Political Affairs where she was charged with achieving U.S. objectives on UN political issues and managing the process of providing guidance on UN Security Council resolutions. Dr. Blancas began her experience with the U.S. Government as an AAAS S&T Diplomacy Fellow (2006-08) for the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science (OES) for the Office of S&T Cooperation. She negotiated the bilateral U.S. – Uruguay Agreement, and received meritorious awards for her contribution to International S&T cooperation. Dr. Blancas maintains an active research program as an Associate in Research for the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California-Riverside. Her research explores the evolution of neutral and non-neutral genes in natural admixed or hybrid populations of crop and wild plant relatives. She has served as a subject matter expert in the area of biosafety and maize genetic diversity in Mexico for Pugwash, German Marshall Fund, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation for North America. Dr. Blancas also lectured for the California State University in Los Angeles.<br />
<br />ELOY RODRIGUES<br /> <br />Eloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services. In recent years he has devoted much of his work to the development of digital libraries, education and training of librarians and library users and Open Access repositories. In 2003, Eloy Rodrigues lead the project to create RepositoriUM - the institutional repository of Minho University and he has directed the project ever since. At the end of 2004 he drafted the formal policy of Minho University on open access to its scientific output. <br />The other main focus of Eloy’s current activity is promoting and advocating Open Access and institutional repositories in Portugal and in the Portuguese speaking world. In Portugal, Eloy coordinates the technical team at Minho University that is being developing the RCAAP (RepositórioCientífico de AcessoAberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) project since 2008. <br />At the European level, Eloy was member of the EUA (European University Association) Working Group on Open Access, representing the Portuguese Rectors Council, and coordinates the participation of Minho University in various FP7 funded projects, like OpenAIRE, related with Open Access and repositories.<br />
STEPHEN STRUTHERS<br />Abachelors degree in economics and social sciences and a doctorate in sociology. He then moved into university administration and management, mostly at the University of Birmingham. For the last twenty years he has been working in various positions at the Economic and Social Research Council, the principal national funder of research in the social sciences. He has been involved with international research and, in particular, the Framework Programme, since the days of FP4. He is currently a member of the UK delegation on the Programme Committee for the FP7 SSH Programme.<br />
SEAN McCARTY<br />Managing Director of Hyperion Ltd. Hyperion specializes in the development of training courses for research managers. Since 1997 Hyperion has presented training courses to 35,000 research managers in over 300 research centres in 29 countries. The courses are based on over 27 years of proposal writing, project management and project administration of research projects.Since 1980 Dr. McCarthy has been involved in over 150 EU R&D Proposal, over 50 contracts and managed 16 of these.He has acted as scientific evaluator for 10 different EU R&D Programmes. Sean McCarthy is Board member of EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) www.earto.org<br />
DORA GROO<br />Dora Groo, MD, PhD, MBA Directorof TETALAP, medical doctorbyprofession. Sheworked for 10 yearsinpharmaceuticalresearchandreceivedherPhDin experimental medicine. Since 1991 shehasbeentheprogrammanagerofthe U.S.-HungarianScienceandTechnologyJointFund. Aftertheestablishmentof TETALAP in 1994 shebecamethedirectorofthefoundation. Between 2002-2006 sheworked part-time for EC-DG RTD as a ProjectTechnicalAssistantinthe FP5 QoLthematicprogramme. Representing TETALAP shehasbeencoordinatingone FP5, three FP6 andone FP7 projects. Shehasserved as projectevaluatorin FP6/FP7 andisrepresentingHungaryinthe FP7 INCO ProgrammeCommittee. ShewastheHungarianmemberoftheEnwise (ENlargeWomenandScience to East) STRATA ETAN expertgroupinthefieldofwomenandscienceandisco-authoroftheresultingreport. Dr. Groóismemberofthe „WomenandScience” nationalexpertgroupandPresidentoftheAssociationofHungarianWomeninScience.<br />
WILLOW FUCHS<br />Open Access Adviser<br />Centre for Research Communication<br />University of Nottingham<br />Willow Fuchs is a Canadian currently residing in the UK. She completed a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto in 2008, and spent a year working as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Northern British Columbia. She has a BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and has worked as a Research Assistant in a number of higher education institutions. Since June 2010 Willow has been working as an Open Access Adviser for the JISC funded Research Communications Strategy Project at the Centre for Research Communications – University of Nottingham, UK. This project has been investigating many of the emerging themes, ideas and developments in the field of research communications (e.g. different modes of publication, OA journals, self-archiving, impact, institutional and funder mandates, licensing, copyright, etc.) at a strategic level.<br />
BRYAN S.CLARK<br />Leads the Grants Management Branch (GMB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) serving as the Chief Grants Management Officer (CGMO). Prior to his current position Mr. Clark served as Chief, GMO, at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Prior to that, he held various positions in Grants Management since 1989 at the National Center for Research Resources, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Mr. Clark received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1988 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1996. Mr. Clark is acknowledged by Level IV Grants Management Executive Certification. Among other awards, Mr. Clark received the NIH Merit Award in 1998 and the NIH GMAC "Vision" Excellence in Leadership recognition in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Most recently, Mr. Clark was recognized with two NIH Merit Awards for his efforts, dedication and creativity in successfully managing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds while minimizing fiscal risk and for his leadership in conducting administrative reviews for applications to be funded under the Recovery Act. In addition, Mr. Clark has served as the GMAC Vision Chair and was also selected to serve as the Chair of the NIH Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) Committee.<br />
ENORA BENNETOT PRUVOT<br />Joined the European University Association (EUA) in 2008. Within the Unit Governance, Autonomy and Funding, she focuses on income diversification in universities, and is also closely associated to work on autonomy and governance reforms. In her function of Programme Manager, she contributes to policy development in the field of higher education finances and has published on the topic of financial sustainability (“Financially sustainable universities II: European universities diversifying income sources”, EUA, 2011).<br />Before joining EUA, Enora gained experience in the field of European research and development policy, working on several FP7 projects. <br />Enora holds master degrees in Political Science and European Public Affairs, and a Master of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe in Bruges. <br />
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