Organisation & Governance

LifeWatch ERIC is a distributed research infrastructure consortium composed of eight European Union Member States. LifeWatch ERIC’s members operate from national nodes, known as Distributed Centres, while its Common Facilities are located in three Member States: Spain (Statutory Seat & ICT-Core), Italy (Service Centre) and the Netherlands (VLab & Innovations Centre).

Are you interested in joining LifeWatch ERIC? Take a look at our FAQ.

Common Facilities

Distributed Centres

Governance

LifeWatch ERIC relies on a multi-level governance model to ensure effective decision-making, smooth management, scientific soundness and transparency of processes.

Governance 2022

Statutory & Subsidiary Bodies

The infrastructure includes two main Statutory Bodies to carry out these functions: the General Assembly and the Executive Board. These are supported by four Subsidiary Bodies: the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB), the In-Kind Contribution Committee (IKCC),  the Financial Committee (FINCOM), and the ad-hoc Evaluation Committee.

Click on each denomination to see all Chairpersons, Vice Chairpersons and members, and some relevant information such us their email addresses and bios.

Policy and Internal Rules

Following the Recommendation of the General Assembly, a set of policies and internal rules have been developed to ensure the smooth functioning of LifeWatch ERIC.

All LifeWatch ERIC Policies and Internal Rules are listed below.

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FAQ

Research Infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields. They include: major scientific equipment (or sets of instruments), knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives and scientific data, e-Infrastructures, such as data and computing systems and communication networks, and any other tools that are essential to achieve excellence in research and innovation.

The European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is a specific legal form that facilitates the establishment and operation of Research Infrastructures with European interest. Advantages:

  • A legal capacity recognised in all EU countries;
  • Flexibility to adapt to specific requirements of each infrastructure;
  • A faster process than creating an international organisation;
  • Exemptions from VAT and excise duty.

LifeWatch ERIC is the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research that:

  • Establishes and operates the infrastructure and information systems necessary to mobilise and integrate data and algorithms for biodiversity and ecosystem research, including enhancing understanding, linkages and synergies with other societal challenges such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, and to provide analytical capabilities;
  • Provides access to data collected by science at a global level and offers ICT services, tools,  storage capacity  and  computational  power,  to  transform  information into new knowledge;
  • Connects and brings together physical observatories,  research  centres  and  scientific  communities  into  a  single  web  space  accessible  to  all;  in doing so
  • Offers researchers and stakeholders wherever they  are,  regardless  of  their  access  to  funding  and  facilities,  the  resources  to  enact  their  own  innovative scientific approach; and
  • Empowers  citizens  to  engage  with  science  and  contribute  to  their  own  well-being  and  survival.

The core structural components are the three Common Facilities, serving the entire ERIC and responsible for the implementation, coordination and management of all activities:

Distributed Centres are facilities that are hosted by Member States, and coordinate national contributions to the consortium.

At present LifeWatch ERIC consists of seven European Member States:

Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain.

  • Member States of the European Union;
  • Associated Countries;
  • Other Third Countries;
  • Intergovernmental Organisations.

Members have the right to:

  • Participate and vote in the General Assembly (contributing to the definition of strategic objectives and implementation plans);
  • Access information and services provided by LifeWatch ERIC;
  • Benefit from any other rights mentioned in the Statutes or included in the Implementing Rules.

Observers have the right to:

  • Attend the General Assembly without any voting
  • Let their research communities participate in LifeWatch ERIC events, such as workshops, conferences, training courses at preferential rates, space permitting;
  • Let their research communities have access to support from LifeWatch ERIC in developing relevant systems, processes and services.
  • Be part of a highly specialised European Research Infrastructure Consortium;
  • Aggregate and organise national scientific communities working on biodiversity and ecosystems, maximising their visibility and impact;
  • Use the LifeWatch ERIC brand to promote national outcomes and initiatives;
  • Be included in European and national roadmaps and Smart Specialisation Strategies;
  • Have access to dedicated European, national and regional programmes and funding schemes;
  • Have access to technology, innovation and knowledge through collaboration on the development and operation of the e-Infrastructure.

LifeWatch ERIC full Members must:

  • Support and facilitate the objectives, tasks and governance of LifeWatch ERIC;
  • Identify a representing entity and maintain a National LifeWatch Support Committee to promote  adoption of relevant standards in national resources and tools creation projects;
  • Promote the uptake of services among scientific communities and  researchers  of  different   biodiversity-related  areas  of  knowledge, including ecosystem science and bioinformatics, and gather providers’ and users’ input and feedback;
  • Commit financially towards a common budget: In Cash Contribution (15%) and In Kind Contribution (85%) (see Annex 2);
  • Support any other activity agreed within the framework of LifeWatch ERIC resulting from the Statutes or Implementing Rules;
  • Maintain their membership until the end of the five-year period in force at the moment of their accession.

Observers do not have any financial commitment.

To  apply   for   membership  a letter must be written to the Chair of the General Assembly. This letter should be supported by an Annex in which the applying Member State, Associated Country, Other Third Country or Intergovernmental Organisation must state clearly what they can offer to LifeWatch ERIC and what they expect from it, based on each of its three essential components (open access data, reproducible analytics and mobilised communities).

Belgium

The Belgian National Distributed Centre makes varied and complementary in-kind contributions to LifeWatch ERIC. These are implemented in the form of long-lasting projects by various research centres and universities distributed throughout the country and supported by each respective political authority.

To know more about how Belgium contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Bulgaria

The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Greece

The Greek National Distributed Centre is funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in conjunction with 47 associated partner institutions.

To know more about how Greece contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Italy

The Italian National Distributed Centre is led and managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is coordinated by a Joint Research Unit, currently comprising 35 members. Moreover, Italy hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Service Centre.

To know more about how Italy contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Netherlands

The Dutch National Distributed Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, The Netherlands hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre.

To know more about how The Netherlands contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Portugal

The Portuguese National Distributed Centre is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity. Led by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, PORBIOTA connects the principal Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity.

To know more about how Portugal contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Slovenia

The Slovenian National Distributed Centre is led by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It focuses on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.

To know more about how Slovenia contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Spain

The Spanish National Distributed Centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO). Moreover, Spain is the hosting Member State of LifeWatch ERIC, the location of its Statutory Seat & ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Office (LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities). 

To know more about how Spain contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Inmaculada Figueroa's Bio

Inmaculada Figueroa is the Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and Vice Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC Financial Committee.

She is Deputy Vice Director General for Internationalisation of Science & Innovation in the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation and the ESFRI Vice Chairperson. She trained in electrical engineering, with more than 17 years’ experience in the Space domain (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial), being responsible for the assembly and integration of scientific satellite payloads. Since 2009, she has been working in the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain, in the field of Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures.

Gert Verreet's Bio

Gert Verreet is a Member and former Chair of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly. He is also a Member of the IKCC.

He is a policy officer in the Flanders Department of Economy, Science and Innovation, working in the Research Division focusing on environmental sciences, supporting VLIZ and EU developments such as JPI-Oceans and international environmental research infrastructures (ESFRI SWG ENV). He is a member of the Flemish Committee for UNESCO. Previously he worked for the OSPAR Commission, the Flanders Department of Environment, Nature and Energy, the Belgian federal marine scientific service and was a researcher at Leuven University, as well as a marine policy officer at the European Commission.

Aline Van der Werf's Bio

Aline Van der Werf is Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

She is Programme Manager at the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), being responsible for launching, implementing and following-up biodiversity, climate and ecosystem related research initiatives both at the national, European and international levels. These include  research programmes, research e-infrastructures and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform: a key science-policy interface in the field of biodiversity.

Jérôme Degreef's Bio

Jérôme Degreef is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is scientific director at the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, collaborating in the achievement of the Meise Botanic Garden missions, principally conducting research into fungal taxonomy. He got his PhD in agronomy from the Gembloux Agricultural University. He launched the annotated database Fungus Flora of Tropical Africa with support from Network of the mycologists from the African Great Lakes region, which he regularly updates and promotes. Previously, he was Head of Department and Senior Scientist at the Belgian National Botanic Garden.

Kalin Mutavchiev's Bio

Kalin Mutavchiev will shortly become a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly with the accession of Bulgaria in January 2022.

He is a Senior expert in Transnational Research Initiatives at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

Vladislav Popov's Bio

Vladislav Popov will shortly become a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly with the accession of Bulgaria in January 2022.

He is Vice-rector and Professor at the Department of Agroecology at the Agricultural University of Plovdiv. He is the Bulgarian representative in Commission Expert group to act as “shadow” Strategic Configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee (E03662). He is one of the founders of sustainable and organic farming in Bulgaria with a 25+ years experience in R&D projects, as well as being a consultant in organic farming, agroecology and environmental protection in 26+ countries worldwide. He has authored over 120 scientific and technical publications on organic farming, agri-environment and sustainable management of natural resources.

Georgios Kotoulas's Bio

Georgios Kotoulas is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

Georgios Kotoulas is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly. He is at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics; Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology Group. He mainly focuses on Marine Biodiversity with a background in Population Genetics, Evolution and an interest in Ecosystems Biology and Genomics.

Eva Chatzinikolaou's Bio

Eva Chatzinikolaou is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and IKCC, and is the scientific coordinator of the ERFI RI LifeWatch Greece.

She has a PhD in Marine Biology and works at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research with a research focus on climate change, ocean acidification, micro-CT tomography, marine biodiversity and intertidal ecology. She has published over 50 scientific articles and book chapters and is a guest editor in Frontiers, BDJ and JMSE Special Issues; reviewer in more than 20 journals; expert evaluator in EU proposals. She has wide experience on the management and implementation of international and national projects. She has participated in more than 20 national and international research projects, serving as the Principal Investigator in 7 of them.

Alberto Basset's Bio

Alberto Basset is the interim Director of the LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre and Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly. He is full professor of Ecology at the University of Salento, his research interests being in biodiversity organisation and ecosystem functioning with a focus on aquatic ecosystems.

He is past President of the EEF and the EuroMedLag and is on the board of editors of various international journals. He is Manager of the Joint Research Unit LifeWatch-ITA, which represents the Italian LifeWatch Support Committee, and has coordinated and participated in several EU projects.

Grazia Pavoncello's Bio

Grazia Pavoncello is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

She works at the Italian Ministry of Education, Univeristy and Research and is the Italian delegate to the ERIC council.

Pedro Beja 's Bio

Pedro Beja is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and IKCC.

He is a Conservation Biologist interested in the natural and anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity change in human-dominated landscapes. He is Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer at BIOPOLIS, and Deputy Director of CIBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, of the University of Porto, and InBIO – Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Associate Laboratory). He is also holder of the EDP Chair in Biodiversity and Principal Investigator of the research group ApplEcol – Applied Population and Community Ecology. He has authored over 170 publications in international journals and edited books, and has supervised over 20 PhD students.

Rui Figueira's Bio

Rui Figueira is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is Assistant Professor of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of the University of Lisbon and GBIF Node Manager for Portugal. He has participated in national and international projects in biodiversity informatics, agrobiodiversity, RIs, ecology, biogeography and biodiversity and conservation. He represents Portugal in the ESFRI Environment Strategic Working Group, and is an additional national delegate to the GBIF Governing Board. He has experience in national and international training and capacity building in collections management systems, data standards, quality & publication, as well as open data, ecology, ecotoxicology and geostatistics. He has supervised doctoral and master’s theses. His skills include scripting and programming languages, SQL, R, Pandas, cloud management, DwC and EML data standards.

Joana Pinheiro's Bio

Joana Pinheiro is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and FINCOM.

She works at the Department of International Relations of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, for which she is also a delegate.

Albin Kralj's Bio

Albin Kralj is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.


He works at the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZS) and is a national delegate in ESFRI. He serves as a member of general assemblies / councils / boards of governors of various Ris.

Daniel Escacena's Bio

Daniel Escacena is Alternate Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and Technical Director of the Andalusian Knowledge Agency.

He has a Diploma in Business Studies from the University of Seville, a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from the University of Leeds and a Master’s in Foreign Trade from the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Andalusia (CEA). From 2001 to 2004 he was technical director of Eastern Andalusia for EUROCEI in the SEIRC project, coordinated by IDEA. From 2008 to 2010 He was Vice President and President of the Association of IRCES, whereas from April 2004 to September 2011 he was technical director of the CITAndalucía.

Maria Teresa Serrano's Bio

María Teresa Serrano is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

has a PhD in physical sciences from the University of Seville and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She worked as an associate professor in the Department of Electronics and Electromagnetism in the US before she became a tenured scientist and then scientific researcher at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Microelectronics of Seville. She is a part-time professor in the US Department of Computer Architecture and Technology. She chaired the technical committee of Sensory Systems of the Society of Circuits and Systems of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). She was academic editor for PLoS One, associate editor for the IEEE, and is associate editor for Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering.

Alejandro Rodríguez 's Bio

Alejandro Rodríguez is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is a Civil Engineer and Water Commissioner at the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (CHG).

José Juan Sánchez Serrano's Bio

José Juan Sánchez Serrano is an Alternate Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly.

He is Deputy Director General for the Internationalisation of Science and Innovation at Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain (MCIU) and Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council at the Department of Plant Molecular Genetics in the Spanish National Centre of Biotechnology (CSIC).

 

Marjolein Robijn's Bio

Marjolein Robijn is Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and FINCOM.

She studied medical biology at VU University Amsterdam and did her PhD at the Parasitology Department of Leiden University, where she used mass spectrometry to study glycans and glycoproteins of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni. Marjolein Robijn is head of Life Sciences within the NWO Domain Science. She works at the interface between policy and research and aims to contribute to optimising the scientific landscape. She is interested in large infrastructures as research and innovation systems and functional networks.

Peter H. van Tienderen's Bio

Peter H. van Tienderen is Interim Director of VLab & Innovation Centre, Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and leader of LifeWatch Netherlands.

He is full professor at the University of Amsterdam and Dean of the Faculty of Science. His scientific interest concerns the evolution of biodiversity, and has published on a range of topics in this field. Applied aspects concern the potential consequences of the introduction of GM crops. His involvement in RI development is exemplified by two recent LERU papers (Challenges for Biodiversity research in Europe & Four Golden Principles for Enhancing the Quality, Access and Impact of RIs).

Edwin Van Huis's Bio

Edwin Van Huis is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly and General Director of Naturalis Biodiversity Centre.

He studied biology at the University of Utrecht and the University of Florida in Gainesville, as well as studying business administration at the interuniversity interfaculty of Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University. He has worked for government organizations such as the Rijksdienst voor Monumentenzorg, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture. He was also business director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and director of the Dutch Audiovisual Archive Centre.

Christos Arvanitidis's Bio

Christos Arvanitidis is the LifeWatch ERIC CEO. He has a PhD in Marine Biology and is Research Director in the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, and former head of the Biodiversity laboratory.

He has been involved in over 70 research and education projects. With over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including 3 monographs, he’s serving as reviewer in over 50 international peer reviewed journals and he’s Associated, Handling, Guest Editor or Member of the Editorial Board in many of them.
He participates to international and national Expert Groups, Advisory and Executive Boards (UN World Ocean Assessment, GES Descriptor “Biodiversity” to EU, ICES Task Group 6, MARS, SMEBD, WoRMS, IPA, IMBE).
His research activity focuses on marine biodiversity, biodiversity informatics, functional diversity, and coastal ecosystems. He works on the comparisons of marine biodiversity information patterns deriving from various biological levels and scales of observation, trying to develop new approaches to explore their interrelationships

Juan Miguel González-Aranda's Bio

Juan Miguel González-Aranda is the LifeWatch ERIC CTO & ICT-Core Director and a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC IKCC.

He is a Telecommunications Engineer and has a Doctorate & Master’s in Industrial Organisation & Management, and a Master’s in Blockchain. He is on the ERIC Forum Executive Board and is the LifeWatch ERIC HoD for GBIF and EU-CELAC RI. He is also the Spanish Ministry HoU and Delegate for e-Science & e-Infrastructure EC initiatives (DG R&I and DG CONNECT) at eIRG, EOSC, Copernicus, EuroHPC Spanish “Sherpa” and GEDE at RDA Europe.

Lucas de Moncuit's Bio

Lucas de Moncuit is the LifeWatch ERIC Chief Financial Officer.

Lucas de Moncuit has a multi-disciplinary background including expertise in business administration, financial management, climate change and sustainable development. After a brief career in the banking sector, he began providing advice on strategic and business management issues to public and private sector companies and went on to work with NGOs and international organisations to promote the adoption of sustainability policies and practices by local and national governments. He also contributed to reports on low emission development strategies, climate finance and on the role of ICTs in the field of sustainability and climate change.

Isabel Campos Plasencia's Bio

Isabel Campos Plasencia is the Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

She obtained her PhD in Physical Science at the University of Zaragoza. She is the coordinator of EOSC-synergy, one of the 3 regional implementation projects of EOSC. She holds a PhD in HEP computing simulations, and has been a staff researcher at CSIC since 2008. She is the Coordinator of the Spanish distributed computing network (es-NGI), representative of Spain in the EGI Council, and coordinator of IBERGRID in Spain. As a member of the 2nd EOSC High Level Expert Group appointed by the EC, she has played an important and very active role in providing recommendations and policy baselines to support the launching of the EOSC initiative.

Cristina Máguas' Bio

Cristina Máguas is the Vice Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

She obtained her PhD in Biology, Plant Ecology and Systematics from the University of Lisbon. She now works as an Associate Professor of Ecology and Plant Physiology at the Plant Biology Department of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. She also teaches Plant Ecophysiology at the State University of Campinas and at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), as well as Plant Ecology in the Gorongosa Park education programme (Mozambique). Additionally, she is the Coordinator of the Executive Committee of the RD Unit cE3c, where she is also one of the Principal Investigators of the Research Group ESFE. Her other professional positions include the Presidency of the EEF; the Vice Presidency of SPECO, and the participation/coordination of international and national R&D projects.

James Bullock's Bio

James Bullock is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

He works on the spatial dynamics and management of land and biodiversity, carrying out research into the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES). He is an Individual Merit scientist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, where he runs interdisciplinary projects on applied issues. In  Restoring Resilient Ecosystems he is developing a new complexity paradigm to assess ecosystem restoration. He leads a NERC/NSF project investigating on how to make wildlife corridors successful for a large variety of species. He is also has a lead role in SPEED, developing environmental projections over the 21st century; AgLAND, modelling ES across the UK; and in BESTMAP, an H2020 project, he is modelling ES across the EU.

Xavier Le Roux's Bio

Xavier Le Roux is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

He is a Senior Scientist INRAE has strong skills in ecosystem and functional ecology. With a PhD in Ecology passed in 1995, he has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles (h-index of 61 ; GoogleScholar ; >13,400 citations). He has a high national and international recognition, testified by his election as a member of the Academy of Europe (since 2014). He has a long experience of large national and international program management, including as (i) Chair and coordinator of the European BiodivERsA programme on biodiversity, ecosystem services and Nature-based Solutions (2008-2021) which has been the main initiative that has structured the European Research Area on biodiversity ; (ii) Vice-Chair of the European Partnership on biodiversity, ecosystem services and Nature-based Solutions (2021-) which will have a focal role for this research domain in the coming years; (ii) Task Leader and Steering Committee member of the REST-COAST European H2020-GreenDeal project on coastal restoration and Nature-based Solutions (18 Mio€; 2021-); and (iii) Director of the French Foundation for Research on biodiversity FRB (2008-2012). He has also strong skills regarding science- society interfacing and co-construction within large research programmes. He has also experience in scientific expertise for decision makers, as a lead author of the IPBES Assessment for Europe and Central Asia, and the scientific coordinator of the french scientific expertise on ‘Agriculture and biodiversity’ done for the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment.

Christoph Häuser's Bio

Christoph Häuser is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

He is Deputy Director General and Coordinator for international cooperation and research policy at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research. He has a PhD in Biology, is chairman of CETAF and heads the GBIF national node for insects. He is also Chairperson of the German section of Diversitas.

Joe Miller's Bio

Joe Miller is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth. Miller started as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat in March 2019. The Secretariat GBIF coordinates a global network of participating countries and organisations, provides data-holding institutions around the world with common standards and open-source tools that enable them to share information about where and when biodiversity has been recorded. Before coming to GBIF, Miller was at the US National Science Foundation where he promoted international research collaborations and managed the funding programmes in biodiversity science. From 2008–2013, Miller was a senior research scientist at the Australian National Herbarium, part of CSIRO, in Canberra. Miller has a PhD in Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin. He continues to research and publish on topics in plant systematics, biogeography and biodiversity informatics, focusing mainly on the Australian flora.

Ester Serrão's Bio

Ester Serrão is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

She obtained her PhD in Biology from the University of Maine and is now an Associate Professor at the Marine Science Centre of the University of Algarve, where she coordinates a research team. She studies the population genetics of marine organisms such as kelp, other large brown algae, and sea grasses, which form unique habitats known as marine forests. She has coordinated and participated in many national and international research projects and is the editorial board member of 2 scientific journals, referee for 33 international scientific journals and referee for EU and NSF (USA) project applications. She has published 68 SCI indexed research publications and 2 book chapters, as well as supervised a number of students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD level.

Helena Freitas' Bio

Helena Freitas is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.

She obtained her PhD in Ecology from the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the University of Bielefeld. She is a Full Professor at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra and UNESCO CHAIR in Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development. She was a member of the General Council of the University of Coimbra and Director of its Botanical Garden and President of the League for the Protection of Nature. She is Director of the Centre for Functional Ecology – Science for People & the Planet. Additionally, she was president of the Portuguese Society of Ecology and Vice-President of the European Federation of Ecology. She is IPBES focal point for Portugal. 

Stavroula F. Tsinorema's Bio

Stavroula F. Tsinorema is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC STAB Committee.


She obtained her PhD in Moral Philosophy from the University of Exeter and is currently Professor of Modern & Contemporary Philosophy and Bioethics, and Director of the Centre for Bioethics of the University of Crete. She sits on the Greek National Commission for Bioethics & Technoethics. She is vice-chair of the Research Ethics Committee of the National Centre of Social Research (EKKE); member of the Scientific Committee of Greek Patients Association; member of the Committee on Bioethics and the Ethics of the Sciences, and the Committee on Human Rights of FISP. She has also taught at the Universities of Ioannina and Exeter, and has held several visiting posts/fellowships in the UK and the US. She is a member of the Editorial Board of multiple academic journals and has served on a number of panels on the ethics of science. She has been a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group which issued the “Independent Expert Report on the Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles, 2020“.

Wouter Los' Bio

Wouter Los is the Chairperson of the LifeWatch ERIC In-Kind Contribution Committee, in his capacity as an independent expert.

He studied Theoretical Chemistry at Leiden University and has initiated various developments in e-BioScience, coordinating and participating in European and international projects. The focus of these projects is environmental data services and data informatics, more specifically the establishment and development of environmental research infrastructures. He has started initiatives for new research infrastructures at the national, European and global level, and promotes the establishment of open data markets offering individuals, organisations, and governments the mechanisms to control their own data, as well as opportunities for collaboration. Currently, he is a member of the EOSC working group on the Rules of Participation. 

Graziano Pesole's Bio

Graziano Pesole is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC In-Kind Contribution Committee.

He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bari and is a Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the same University, as well associate scientist and past-Director of the Institute of Biomembranes, Bioenergetics and Molecular Biotechnologies at the Italian National Research Council. In addition, he is Head of the Italian node of ELIXIR, President of the Scientific Board of the Technological District H-BIO for Health Biotechnology in Apulia, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Cluster for Life Sciences  ALISEI, Director of Consorzio Interuniversitario Biotecnologie (CIB). He has authored over 330 publications on peer-reviewed International Journals and edited several books (Scopus h-index 62, Total citations >23,000). He is a member of multiple Editorial Boards and has coordinated many national and international research projects.

Marta Neto's Bio

Marta Neto is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC In-Kind Contribution Committee.

She is a project manager at BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO supporting project management, preparing submission processes, and periodic reporting and evaluation procedures. She is also a project officer supporting the operational coordination of PORBIOTA – the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity, which manages LifeWatch Portugal. She has a background in Environmental Engineering and R&D focusing on environmental microbiology and molecular ecology, studying microbial communities’ dynamics in complex contaminated environments.

Magdalena Aljančič's Bio

Magdalena Aljančič is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC In-Kind Contribution Committee.

She obtained her PhD in Geography from the University of Bucharest and now works at the Slovenian Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, as well as being heavily involved in the LifeWatch Slovenia node and in other environmental RIs. She has a multidisciplinary profile: former authorised GIS ESRI instructor, postdoc fellow at LaSIG Laboratory from EPFL Switzerland, with more than 10 years’ experience as a volunteer researcher for conservation of the endangered cave salamander Proteus anguinus at the Tular Cave Laboratory, Slovenia.

Ohad Graber's Bio

Helena Freitas is a supporting Member of the LifeWatch ERIC IKCC Committee.

Ohad is the managing director of X-officio.eu – a law firm specialised in providing legal, governance, procurement and management support to research infrastructures, inter-governmental organisations, research facilities and laboratories used by the science community to conduct research and foster innovation.

Ohad has gained extensive experience in legal, procurement and governance functions including the setting up and the establishment of a European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC).

As a practicing lawyer, Ohad also advises on a wide range of commercial and cross-border contracts with particular specialization in EU public procurement law. Ohad is a visiting professor for international law at the ‘Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures’ (University of Milano-Bicocca) and a guest lecturer on EU public procurement at the Faculty of Law, Lund University.

Antonello Provenzale's Bio

Antonello Provenzale is the Chairperson of LifeWatch ERIC FINCOM.

He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Turin and is now Research Director at the Italian National Research Centre, as well as Director of its Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources. He is an invited researcher at the University of Ben Gurion in Israel, the University of Colorado and l’École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has authored over 180 international scientific publications and multiple books on the climate and ecosystems. He coordinated the European project ‘ECOPOTENTIAL’, which focused on the use of satellite data for monitoring and modelling of environmental changes in protected areas.

Christina Pavloudi's Bio

Christina Pavloudi is a Member of LifeWatch ERIC FINCOM.

She obtained her PhD in Marine Microbiology from the University of Ghent and the University of Bremen and now she is a Research Fellow at Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Principal Investigator of the EOSC-Life project “A workflow for marine Genomic Observatories data analysis”. She is involved in LifeWatchGreece. She has participated in more than 15 research and education projects, including FP7 and H2020, EU COST Actions and ASSEMBLE, and has published 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and participated in international conferences and workshops.

Mimi Urbanc's Bio

Mimi Urbanc is a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC FINCOM.

Dr. Mimi Urbanc (F) is Senior Research Fellow and deputy director at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). Her research activities have been focused on cultural landscapes, their management, landscape perception, and landscape representations in literature, photography, and film. She has (co)authored several publications, including books. She was the chief editor of the book series Thought, society, culture: Exploring Cultural Spaces of Europepublished by Peter Lang Verlag until recently and is human geography editor of the scholarly journal Acta geographica Slovenica, published by Založba ZRC. She has been principal investigator in several EU and national projects and is a board member of  ISCAR Research, and a jury member for the Alpine Convention’s Young Scientists Award.