David Moorman - CFI, Canada
David Moorman is the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) provides research infrastructure funding for universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada. Dr. Moorman has over 15 years’ experience developing and implementing S&T policies. As the CFI’s Senior Advisor, Dr. Moorman assists with the development and planning of new research infrastructure support programs and related policies. Dr. Moorman is specifically responsible for the drafting of Strategic Plans, Implementation Strategies, Corporate Plans and a variety of policy statements. He also advises the CFI senior management team on S&T policy, recent developments in science and new directions in research funding programs, both domestic and international. Dr. Moorman represents the CFI in various fora, both domestic and international, and has organized a number of conferences, workshops and consultations. Dr. Moorman holds a Ph.D in Canadian History from the University of Ottawa. He has extensive experience in international S&T affairs, including working with the OECD, various national research support agencies and with the European Commission on common issues related to research infrastructure.
Johannes Janssen - DFG, Germany
Dr. Johannes Janssen, Chemist, is the Head of Division “Scientific Instrumentation and Information Technology” at DFG, the German Research Foundation. The division is responsible for funding programmes and calls targeting on new instrumentation and related RI issues, with particular focus on German universities. DFG develops and secures through its funding schemes appropriate conditions for procurement of instrumentation, its operation and its scientific use. Johannes has been the coordinator of ERA-Instruments, an ERA-Net on Mid-Size Instrumentation in the Life Sciences (2008-2011). Later on, he has been the chair of the ESF’s MO Forum on Research Infrastructures (2010-2013). The MO Forum has initiated the mapping of the European RI Landscape, MERIL, later funded through EU projects. Johannes has served on the MERIL advisory board as its chair (2010-2019).
Ondrej Hradil - Masaryk University,Czech Republic
Ondřej Hradil has an academic background in business and administration (University of Economics in Prague, CZ). Before getting engaged with research and innovation, he worked in the Czech Chamber of Commerce in Prague and Brussels (as its delegate to the European Union). Since 2007, when he joined Masaryk University (Brno, CZ) he has been engaged in various research administration agendas. He has been instrumental in setting up CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology, a new institute in Brno established with an initial investment of cca 210 mil EUR from EU Structural Funds. Within CEITEC Ondřej was responsible for the coordination of its 12 core facilities that provide services to a wide spectrum of academic and business users from Czech Republic as well as from abroad in the field of life sciences and nanotechnologies and materials research. Since January 2021 Ondřej is coordinating the research infrastructures at Masaryk University, which cover many fields of science, including social sciences and humanities, on top of the life sciences or physics.
He is actively engaged in discussions on policy and funding aspects on the Czech national level (a member of the Council for major research infrastructures, established by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports) as well as at the European Union level (a member of ESFRI Implementation Group). Ondřej is involved in a number of research infrastructure related activities within the European Research Area, such as Core Technologies in Life Sciences Association. He is also representing Masaryk University within several ESFRI projects, namely Instruct, EuroBioImaging and ELIXIR.
Robert Jones - CERN
Bob Jones is a senior member of the scientific staff at CERN and a leader of the Helix Nebula initiative, a public private partnership to explore the use of commercial cloud services for big data science applications. He is the coordinator for the HNSciCloud Horizon 2020 Pre-Commercial Procurement project which is procuring innovative cloud services to establish a cloud platform for the European research community and contributing the European Open Science Cloud. His experience in the distributed computing arena includes mandates as the technical director and then project director of the EGEE projects (2004 - 2010) which led to the creation of EGI.
Dr. Uwe Sassenberg - DESY, Germany
Uwe Sassenberg graduated as a crystallographer and a doctor rerum naturalium from Humboldt University in Berlin. He began his carrier with a project of chemical and structural characterisation of soft semiconductor surfaces for industry. He has founded his own companies dealing with marketing and business consulting after reunification in Germany. Several years ago he began to specialise in EU consulting and project management. Currently he is employed at Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY in Hamburg. At DESY, he is responsible for the innovation part in various EU projects. As a project leader, he runs projects – former SCIENCE LINK and Baltic TRAM; CAROTS now - of attracting more commercial users to large-scale radiation research facilities. He is teaching project management at the University of Tartu.