Pure International Conference


October 16 – 17, 2019 Prague, Czech Republic

Pure Conference

The Pure User Community will meet this year in Prague, Czech Republic, for the 5th Pure International Conference and will feature sessions that cover a wide array of topics related to Research Information Management (RIM).

The Pure International Conference is primarily intended for the international community of Pure users - research administrators, research technology professionals and librarians - who are involved in performing RIM functions at their University or research Institution.  Elsevier also reserves the right to accept registrations from Institutions, who are considering adopting a RIM system.

Pure International Conference 2019 will be a great forum to meet and learn from other Pure users across the globe. It will also be an opportunity to meet the Pure team, learn more about the future roadmap, and how Elsevier is investing to in integrations to make Pure a better Research Information Management System.

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We invite the proposals for Pure International Conference 2019 on the following themes:

Theme 1: Narratives

  1. How to build a compelling narrative
    • Data quality (Complete, Correct, Interconnected, Current and compliant)
    • Sources and processes towards complete coverage
    • Model fit for purpose. What is missing in the data model – where can it be expanded and enriched?
  2. Telling research narrative
    • Finding the combination of data that can be used to tell the research narratives - Reporting module, pure portal, overview pages, using the web service etc
    • Examples on how to make compelling stories based on, research problems Pure has solved.

  3. Using narrative for academic engagement
    • How to identify and collaborate with the right persons/projects using Pure
    • How to keep tabs on people/projects of interest

Theme 2: The Tech Track

The Tech Track is a mix of hands on sessions and talks from both the Pure team and clients. Come and hear how we see the future of Pure from a technical perspective and hear about the challenges of moving Pure into the future.

  • How we develop new features with a mix of new and old
  • How we use UX and quality engineers to balance it all.

Hands on, how to use our API to use Pure data in other solutions, how to extract data from Pure using the report module for use in other system.

We invite talks about, but not limited to:

  • Reusing data from the Pure web service or reporting module in other systems.
  • Switching hosting options from on-premise to hosted.
  • Using analytics information from Pure or the Pure Portal.
  • User Experience research, it’s important to institutions and how it can drive product change.
  • The balance of different roles/backgrounds within teams.

Details required for submitting your proposal:

  • Your contact details
  • Title & abstract of submission
  • Your professional headshot picture & brief biography

Registration closed

Please note:

  • The registration fees of Euro 250 will be waived, if your submission is accepted (limited to 1 lead presenter per submission).
  • Registration is mandatory for every participating delegate including the speakers.
  • Deadline to submit a proposal has now been extended till 16th August 2019


Andrea Bonaccorsi

University of Pisa, Italy

Andrea Bonaccorsi is Full Professor of Economics and Management at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy. His research interests are in the fields of economics of science, technology, and innovation. He has published over 200 papers, of which more than 70 articles in internationally refereed journals.

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Reingis Hauck

Leibniz University, Hannover

Dr. Reingis Hauck is director of the Research and Innovation Services at Leibniz University Hannover. She has a strong interest in RIM and Open Science.

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Katrine Bengtsson

Open University, Netherlands

Katrine Bengtsson is the Pure coordinator at the Open University of the Netherlands. Her background is in arts, culture and informatics. She started at OUNL in November 2018.

Karen Ramsden

Montclair State University, US

Karen Ramsden currently serves as Research and Projects Specialist, Sprague Library, Coordinator of Digital Commons and Lead Pure Administrator at Montclair State University. In her current position, Karen plays a crucial role in helping to direct and shape the character and overall nature of all library-related projects from conception through development, production, and introduction to the intended audience.

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Lita Denny

University of Manchester, UK

Lita is currently Head of Research Support Services and the Research Strategy and Support Team at the University of Manchester. Her career in Higher Education began 21 years ago and she held a variety of roles associated with commercial activity, technology transfer and funding development at Manchester Metropolitan University and UMIST before joining the University of Manchester in 2002.

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Thibaut Lery

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Thibaut Lery is presently Director of Research Evaluations of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he has been Senior Science Officer for more than 6 years at the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg, France.

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Saifudeen a kabeer

UAE University

Working as research data analyst at research and sponsored project office, UAE University, Al Ain from Dec 2017. Saif mainly focuses on data analysis of Elsevier, Scopus, and Web of science data bases and QS world ranking. Prior to joining UAE University, Saif worked in Broadcom ltd as WLAN function verification engineer.

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Marianne van der Heijden

Institute of Ecology, Netherlands

Marianne van der Heijden is working at the Library and Information Services department of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, an institute from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences (KNAW). Since 2015 Marianne has been the institutional manager of the Pure program at KNAW. This includes both instruction, help and explanation to the researchers and information to the management. Her portfolio covers further the evaluation, including the metrics part, of the research, the management information services and all kinds of research information services.

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Tania Wilmann

Tania trained as a Research Scientist and holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as 4 years Post-Doctoral research experience. In 2010, she moved into Research Management and has experience in Graduate Research (PhD students), staff academic performance, Early Career Researcher support and research performance reporting. In her current role, Tania is an advocate for Pure across the University. She provides information and training to new professional and research staff on how to use the product, investigates and tests new features and explores ways in which Monash can use Pure to its full capacity within the institution.

Sian Wright

Monash University, Australia

Sian has worked in Research Management for over 12 years in roles spanning pre and post award management, research strategy, research data and analysis, Institutional Centre and Institute oversight, Engagement and Impact, Research Information Management Systems and National Assessment Frameworks.

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Amal Alsamman

Vrije Universiteit, Brussel

Amal is currently working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) as a reporting and data analyst in the R&D department. She has a Bachelor in Networking and Operation Systems and a Master’s degree in Web Science.

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Stefanie Van Rysseghem

Vrije Universiteit, Brussel

Stefanie Van Rysseghem started working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2009 as a Process Administrator for the enrollment office. In 2015 she changed course and became Admission Officer for international students at the same institution.

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Dimitri Unger

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Dimitri Unger is an System Information Application Manager for the Academic Research department at the Vrije Universiteit Library in Amsterdam. Here he manages the Pure application and datasets archives for the university. Other activities include increasing Open Access availability and RDM policy & services.

Rich Gough

Aston University, UK

Rich Gough joined Aston University as the Research Information and Systems Manager in 2019. He is responsible for day-to-day management of Pure, testing and co-ordinating updates, research activity reporting and supporting the University’s REF2021 research assessment submission.

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Santhosh Krishnan Venkata

Institute of Technology, Manipal

Dr. Santhosh KV, presently works as a Deputy Director Research at Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Associate Professor at the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.

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Jan Fransen

University of Minnesota Libraries, US

Jan Fransen is the Service Lead for Research Information Management Systems at University of Minnesota Libraries. In that role, she works across divisions and with campus partners to provide library systems that save researchers', students', and administrators' time and highlight the societal and technological impacts of the University's research.

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Nicolaj Veje Pedersen

AU Library

Nicolaj Veje Pedersen is the Pure system manager at AU Library and hold the day to day responsibility for Pure and best practice concerning research registration at Aarhus University. I am a master of library and information science and have worked with Pure throughout my career. In addition, I have extensive experience with bibliometrics and performance indicators related to scholarly publication.

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Tuija Sonkkila

Aalto University, Finland

Tuija Sonkkila works as a Systems specialist at Aalto University Leadership Support Service. Her main responsibilities are business reporting and analytics. As a member of the cross-functional group that takes care of the local Pure installation, her specialities include data transformations, and altmetrics.

Bonnie Crotty Nelson

University of North Carolina, US

Bonnie Crotty Nelson is responsible for electronic resource management at RTI International. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as certifications in Records Management and Quality Improvement.

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Jessica de Rover

University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands

Jessica de Rover is since 2017 part of the Pure team of the Central Medical Library at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands. As an editor of Research Output and other modules in Pure she performs tasks like importing and validations of publications, creating reports, giving support to researchers and assists in keeping their Pure profile up to date.

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Nancy M. Wang

National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Dr. Nancy M. Wang is an Associate Professor of Biology department at the National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan. She also serves as Director for the Center of Teaching Excellence where she help to to build community among faculty members, stimulating educational innovation and research on learning, supporting faculty development and instructional creativity. She is responsible for planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating the Center’s programs and activities for providing leadership on campus teaching initiatives.


Patrick Crisfulla

Patrick Crisfulla is VP, Research Information Solutions at Elsevier. Patrick oversees the product, implementation success, and customer support functions for Pure. Before April 2019, Patrick led teams that enhanced and expanded Scopus. In former roles at Elsevier since 2007 he served as integration manager for Plum Analytics and SSRN (mergers into Elsevier) and oversaw publishing systems and services for 300+ medical society partners.

Martin Edling Andersson


As Principal Product Manager, Institutional products, Martin has been leading the development of Project Ada. Prior to joining, Martin worked on SciVal where he was responsible for feature development and concept design.

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Evgeny Kryukov

Technical University Twente, Netherlands

Dr Evgeny Kryukov is a leading expert in delivering and adoption of evidence-based tools for research organizations. Evgeny received a PhD degree from Technical University Twente (the Netherlands) in 2003, and since 2004 he has held senior positions in a number of global high-tech companies, including LG and Siemens.

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Henrik Steen Rasmussen

Director of Industry & Academic Relationships and one of the founding fathers of Pure. Since then has held many leadership and strategy roles related to Pure and other institutional products, sharing his enthusiasm for the product with customers around the world, working with industry associations and partners, educating a new generation of Product Managers in Elsevier, and engaging with Pure customers and CRIS industry bodies around the world.

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Simone Polgar

Simone Polgar, Product Manager II, bepress, holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in California. She has contributed as Product Manager to several information management and library technology companies over the years and is now focused on content ingestion workflows and feature development for the Digital Commons and Expert Gallery Suite products at bepress.

Asger Ågård Haslund


Asger is an Implementation Manager, part of the EMEA Implementation Team, Elsevier. Before joining the Pure Implementation Team this year, Asger was responsible for the development and delivery of custom(advanced) portal.

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Noelle Gracy

Noelle Gracy is the Head of the Research Collaboration office. She has a PhD in Neuroscience and has worked in science publishing, community engagement and industry-academic partnerships. ORCID: 0000-0002-5756-3758


Anita de Waard


Anita de Waard is VP Research Collaborations at Elsevier; she has a background in physics and publishing. Working closely with researchers and stakeholder organisations, her work focuses on finding new ways to communicate science and scholarship. ORCID: 0000-0002-9034-4119


Per Asbjørn Jensen


Per Asbjørn Jensen is Quality Engineer Lead with Elsevier, where Per has been working with test and release of Pure the last 6 years. He has over 15 years of experience in software testing and has a passion for test automation.


Nicolaj Lock

Elsevier Aalborg

Nicolaj Lock is a software developer at Elsevier Aalborg. He is currently the team lead of the Reporting and Assessment team, where we focus on building the new reporting module, and the upcoming REF and ERA assessment, to name a few. He has been with Elsevier for more than 11 years, starting when it was called Atira. He earned his M.Sc. in computer science in 2005 from Aalborg University.


Hong Chen

Hong Chen is a Customer Consultant for Pure and Mendeley Data in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining Elsevier in May 2018, he worked in the telecom industry for more than 10 years. Where he participated in various innovative solution incubation and development activities that resulted in a global deployment of the product and services. Hong has a PhD in Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a MSc in computer science.

Stephanie Faulkner


Stephanie Faulkner has spent over 15 years in the information industry involved in the development, launch and support of numerous software-as-a-service tools including RefWorks (the first web based bibliographic management service) , Pivot (a research funding and profiling database) and recently, PlumX.

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Manik Sethi


Manik is Solutions Marketing Manager with Elsevier, based in Amsterdam. In this role, he leads the global marketing efforts for Pure, which includes defining messaging, value proposition, building advocacy and strengthening customer relations through events like the Pure International Conference. Manik has also worked with Elsevier in South Asia, where he supported the regional marketing for India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.

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Malene Knudsen

Malene Knudsen has been working with Pure for more than 17 years, both as a power user and as a key part of the Pure team. She is now the Subject Matter Expert for Pure's reporting team, following on from six years as a part of the Pure Support team with a special focus on Pure training and quality assurance. Prior to joining the team, she was a Pure Administrator at Aalborg University. Malene holds a degree in Library Science from the Royal School of Library Science in Denmark.

Alberto Zigoni


Alberto is the Market Development Director in the Research Data Management Solutions team. In his role, he is responsible for the go-to-market of the Mendeley Data platform, Elsevier's RDM solution.

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Grahame Pearson


Grahame Pearson Biography As a Senor Solutions Manager in the APAC region, Grahame looks to ensure that all customers and future clients are getting the best out of Pure. Consultant for Pure Grahame has extensive experience in this field, having worked in a university environment at a range of institutions for many years and in a number of research support roles.

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Kristy James


Kristy is the Documentation and Localization Manager for Pure. She has been with Pure for three years, in which time she has worked with all aspects of text in the software, including writing for the user interface, making improvements to old translations, and documenting the way Pure works.

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Christian Schultz


Christian Schultz is a Software Engineering Manager for Pure with Elsevier since almost 2 years. He specializes in high quality, agile software development and deployment processes and practices, and applies his expertise primarily to the Pure system, an administrative system for major research institutions.

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Janne Jul Jensen


Janne Jul Jensen is Lead UX Designer with Elsevier. She specialises in usability and interaction design, and applies her expertise primarily to the Pure system, an administrative system for major research institutions.

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Kristian Toland


In 2013, Kristian was pursuing a degree in European Studies at Maastricht University, in the south of the Netherlands. In order to scrape together book-and-beer money, he started working part-time at a company specialized in implementing artificially intelligent chatbots on commercial websites. It was here he developed a passion for using big data and AI methods to drive innovation and improve user experience.

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Eleonora Palmaro


Eleonora Palmaro is Product Manager at Elsevier. As Product Manager of Funding Institutional she supports universities and research institutions to secure research funding and get insights in the funding landscape.

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Chiara Farinelli

Chiara is the Product Manager in the Pure Integrations teams. Previous to her role in Pure she worked as a Publisher at Elsevier for the Nuclear and High Energy Physics journals. She holds a PhD in High Energy Physics and worked as a researcher at CERN. During her years as a scientist, she developed an interest in data analysis and software development, which she is excited to continue growing together with the Pure team.

Kate Gasson


Kate Gasson is a Senior Research Evaluation Manager at Elsevier. Kate works with the newly established International Center for the Study of Research which is tasked with reviewing and advancing the evaluation of research across all fields of knowledge production.

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Davina Erasmus


Davina is the Director of Product Management for Pure and has extensive experience in software product management. She has been with Elsevier for 2.5 years, before which she worked at various large companies in the Netherlands as a consultant and leading large-scale product management initiatives.

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Thomas Gurney


Thomas is the Senior Product Manager for Data Models in Pure, and has extensive experience within Elsevier, and other companies, in R&D analytics platforms. At heart, Thomas is a data scientist and scientometrician, specialising in analytics to connect fundamental and applied research areas to their eventual development and application in technology and society.

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Robbertjan Kalff


Robbertjan Kalff is a product person. He thoroughly enjoys building, launching and growing online information solutions, particularly for the academic research community. In his current role, as VP of SciVal, he is the business owner of the global market leader in research performance evaluation.

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Jens Moerup

Team Lead of the Pure implementation team covering EMEA and APAC regions. My team is responsible for implementing Pure and products related to Pure with new and existing customers.


Keynote - Exploring new directions to impact assessment
Andrea Bonaccorsi
University of Pisa
Capturing Impact Case Studies in Pure
Tania Wilmann, Sian Wright
Monash University
How a Multidisciplinary Team of Stakeholders supports Pure at Monash University
Sian Wright, Tania Wilmann
Monash University
Poster session: QUT Australia (PDF, 477.8 KB)
Jeremy Gibson, Janne Barnes, Grahame Pearson
Using Pure to report on physicians' scientific activities for payroll tax exemptions
Stefanie Van Rysseghem, Amal Alsamman
Free University Brussel
Data visualizations with Power BI: Use cases from Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Amal Alsamman, Stefanie Van Rysseghem
Free University Brussel
Centralizing Pure after 15 years - experiences forming a library specialist team
Nicolaj Veje Pedersen, Henrik Skadhauge Clausen, Camilla Dissing
Aarhus university
A DIY altmetrics dashboard
Tuija Sonkkila
Aalto University
Pure in the journey of MAHE towards Institute of Eminence
Santhosh Krishnan Venkata
Improving Datasets in Pure
Dimitri Unger, Reingis Hauck
Free University Amsterdam
Monitoring individual PhD candidates using the Award Module in Pure
Katrine Bengtsson, Jos Rikers
Open University of the Netherlands
Dealing with Differences between organizational units at KNAW
Marianne van der Heijden
Supporting university strategy with Elsevier's "Biblio-Ecosystem"
Thibaut LERY, Eman Bahjri
Poster session: NCUE Taiwan (PDF, 905.1 KB)
Nancy M. Wang
Analyzing the research productivity of postgraduate students using Pure
Saifudeen a kabeer, Mohsen Sherif
UAE University
Award Management Module: Here we go again!
Lita Denny, Laura Turner
University of Manchester
It’s not you, it’s me: Moving from local to cloud-hosted Pure
Rich Gough, Leigh Stork
Aston University
It Takes a Village: Building and Utilizing a Team to Successfully (and Rapidly) Launch Your Pure Portal
Karen Ramsden
Montclair State University
A Tale of Two Platforms: Making Pure Work with the Digital Commons Showcasing Solution
Karen Ramsden, Simone Polgar
Montclair State University
RIM Use Cases: Promoting reuse of Pure data, one department at a time
Jan Fransen
University of Minnesota
Creating a Content Type: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome (PDF, 3.2 MB)
Bonnie Crotty Nelson, Matthew Nelson
RTI International (Poster)
Poster session: University of Minnesota (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Jan Fransen
University of Minnesota
A powerful integration between the Funding Discovery Solution and the Research Management System
Eleonora Palmaro, Thomas Gurney
Automatically track datasets in Pure, wherever they were published
Alberto Zigoni, Lorenzo Feri, Davina Erasmus
Integrating Pure and SciVal & analysing contribution to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Robbertjan Kalff
Pure Training help us to support you better
Hong Chen
The only constant is change – upgrade options and processes
Hong Chen


Prague Congress Centre
5. května 1640/65, 140 21 Praha 4-Nusle,

How to reach Prague Congress Centre:

The PCC is convenient to access by public transport from the city’s airport, and via all major rail and bus stations.

The venue is adjacent to Vyšehrad station, which can be accessed via Line C of the Prague underground railway network.

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  • From Prague International airport: 30 minutes by taxi/ 50 minutes by public transport (connection search here www.dpp.cz/en/)
  • From Prague Train Station: 10 minutes by public transport (4 underground stops) From the city centre: 5 minutes by public transport (2 underground stops);

For more detailed directions please viait the PCC website: www.Praguecc.cz/en/how-to-get-here.

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