DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURES for RESEARCH 2018 | Serving the user base


Ignacio Blanquer

Organisation: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Role: Associate professor

Ignacio Blanquer (Ph.D.), associate professor of the Computer System Department at UPV since 1999, has been a member of GRyCAP since 1993.

Timo Borst

Organisation: ZBW - Leibniz Information Center for Economics
Role: Head of Department for Information Systems and Publishing Technologies

Timo Borst has a Master in Computer Science and a PhD in Political Sciences with a focus on empirical linguistic research. His main interests are in the field of digital infrastructures for Open Science, repositories, thresauri and Semantic Web.

Jan Bot

Jan Bot

Organisation: SURFsara
Role: Community Manager

Jan Bot is working as community manager at SURFsara where he is responsible for the outreach activities of the Dutch National Infrastructure. He is also the Dutch liaison for EGI related activities and a member of the EUDAT 'Scientific Communities Environments and Requirements' team. Before joining SURFsara Jan worked on a variety of bioinformatics projects for different Dutch universities.

Steve Brewer

Steve Brewer

Organisation: University of Southampton
Role: Network Coordinator

ICT-related community outreach and communications expert and project manager. Steve is currently specializing in network coordination across research communities in UK, Europe and beyond; with previous interests in communication, including writing, presenting, workshop and collaboration facilitation and video production. Steve is leading the dissemination and community engagement work package of the H2020 EDISON project which aims to build the data science profession. This will be achieved by working with industry experts and research practitioners involved and interested in the development of data science as a profession.

Steve has given many keynote and other talks to a broad spectrum of audiences across Europe and in the USA. He has also facilitated many interdisciplinary workshops as part of the IT as a Utility Network+ in the UK. Building on this background and coupled with his interests in film and television production he has co-written a feasibility study on the emerging phenomenon of the interdisciplinary creative digital sector entitled Bournemouth Digital Pier which includes a comparison of different cluster structures that exist in various cities and regions.

Josh Brown

Organisation: ORCID
Role: Regional Director, Europe

Josh directs the operations of ORCID EU. He works with stakeholders across Europe to support understanding and engagement, and promote adoption of ORCID.

Donatella Castelli

Organisation: BlueBRIDGE
Role: Coordinator

Dr. Donatella Castelli, [F], is Senior Researcher at CNR-ISTI and leader of the InfraScience research group. Her current  research interests include data infrastructure content modeling, interoperability and architectures. She is author of several research papers in these fields.

Marios Chatziangelou

Organisation: Chatziangelou
Role: Chatziangelou

2003-2016: Head of IT in Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications
2000-2003: Systems engineer in the Defense sector

Tim Chown

Organisation: Jisc, UK
Role: Senior Network Services Developer

Dr Tim Chown is senior network services developer at Jisc, having previously been a lecturer at the University of Southampton, where he remains a Visiting Fellow.

Steve Cotter

Organisation: GÉANT
Role: CEO

Steve Cotter is the CEO of GÉANT, Europe's leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education. Prior to coming to GÉANT in 2015, Steve was CEO of REANNZ, New Zealand's NREN (National Research and Education Network).

Angela Dappert

Angela Dappert

Organisation: The British Library
Role: Project Manager, THOR

Dr Angela Dappert is Project Manager for the EU-funded THOR project ( She has widely researched and published on digital repositories and preservation; consulted for archives and libraries on digital life cycle management and policies; led and conducted research in the EU-co-funded Planets, Scape, TIMBUS, and E-ARK projects; and applied digital preservation practice at the British Library through work on digital repository implementation, digital metadata standards, digital asset registration, digital asset ingest, preservation risk assessment, planning and characterization, and data carrier stabilization. She has applied work towards preservation of research data and processes, software environments and eJournals, with an emphasis on interoperability and standardisation. Angela holds a Ph.D. in Digital Preservation, an M.Sc. in Medical Informatics and an M.Sc. in Computer Sciences. She serves on the PREMIS Editorial Committee and a number of advisory bodies.