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Adrian PriceAdrian Price

Adrian Price is coordinator of the SCIENCE Research Documentation unit at University of Copenhagen, University Library, Faculty of Science. Adrian is a graduate from the Royal School of Library and Information Science. He has been working with Pure since its inception at Danish universities in 2005, and has specifically worked with the first metadata model, which is the basis of the present model in use at Danish universities. The SCIENCE Research Documentation unit registers publications for Faculty's researchers in Pure and conducts bibliometric analyses for Faculty for use in strategic cooperation plans as well as for research and budgetary planning for Faculty departments. Adrian is one of the initiators of the Danish Research Indicator Network.

Alicia Greated

Alicia GreatedDr. Alicia Greated is Director of Research and Enterprise at Heriot-Watt University.

Prior to that, Alicia led the Newton Fund (a £735 million research and innovation fund to enhance the UK’s engagement with global emerging economies) delivery team at the UK Government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS – now BEIS).

In 2008, Alicia moved to Delhi, India, where she was founder and Director of Research Council UK (RCUK) India at the British High Commission. After four years in India, she moved to Beijing to become Director of RCUK China at the British Embassy in Beijing.

Alicia has worked as acting Director of Research for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Head of Engineering at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Alicia has a PhD in Molecular Genetics.

Anna Clements

Anna was appointed Assistant Director of Library Services at the University of St. Anna ClementsAndrews, Scotland, to head up the Digital Research Division created in April 2015. The Division brings together Open Access & Research Publications Support, Research Data Management, Digital Humanities and Research Computing. In April 2016 the Division took on responsibility for running Pure with the creation of two new roles, one split 50:50 with the Research Policy Office and the second, full-time in the Library.

Anna moved to the Library from IT Services in 2013. In IT Services she held posts as Programme Manager, Data Architect and Enterprise Architect and was also co-opted to serve as Senior Research Policy Advisor in 2011. She was project manager for the implementation of Pure in 2009, and prior to that developed the in-house Research Expertise database in 2004. Before joining the University in 2003, Anna built up over 20 years’ experience working as a consultant, software developer and project manager designing and building systems for a variety of SMEs, and UK/ US educational and academic publishers.

Her current role consolidates her skills and expertise in data management, research information management and policy development.  She is a tireless advocate, within the University and (inter)nationally of the basic management information principles of entering data once and using open standards to improve data quality whilst minimizing the data collection burden across the research sector.

Externally,  Anna is Executive for strategy on the euroCRIS Board  (www.eurocris.org) , a member of the Snowball Metrics Steering Committee (www.snowballmetrics.com), Chair of the Pure UK Strategy Group and  Deputy Chair of CASRAI-UK (www.casrai.org).

Anna CollinsAnna Collins

Anna joined the University of East Anglia, UK in 2013 in the newly-created post of Open Access and Research Data Officer, based in the Research Office.  She is part of a team that is responsible for running Pure and enjoys working with academics by providing advice and support on a range of open access and research data issues. Prior to joining UEA, Anna worked at Cambridge University Library in the team supporting the institutional repository.

Anna has a DPhil in Chemical Crystallography from the University of Oxford.

Anne Lyhne HøjAnne Lyhne Høj

Anne Lyhne Høj is a member of the Pure administration team at Aalborg University Library, Denmark. She started working with Pure in 2011. The Pure administration team covers registration, dissemination and analysis of research output. At present, Anne is involved in a project about showcasing academic activities through Pure.

Anne holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark.

Anne Marya Greve

Anne Marya GreveAnne Marya Greve joined the Pure administration team at Aalborg University Library in November 2009. The team covers registration, dissemination and analysis of research output. Anne Marya is responsible for the implementation of the PhD Submission module in Pure at Aalborg University, as well as the dissemination of the PURE student project module. She is also currently participating in a national task force regarding guidelines for research registration.

Prior to joining Aalborg University Library, Anne Marya worked as an information specialist at TDC, Arla Foods and Aalborg Portland Group.

Anne Marya Greve holds a degree in Library Science from The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark.

Antony CorfieldAntony Corfield

Antony Corfield is the Research Database Administrator at Aberystwyth University and is responsible for hosting Pure and integration with Institutional systems. Antony joined Research Business & Innovation in 2011 having worked previously within Information Services on a number of JISC funded repository projects including the Welsh Repository Network Enhancement Project, which focused on the development of institutional repositories in every Higher Education Institution in Wales. Antony previously worked at the University of Oxford and University of Highlands and Islands as a Software Engineer supporting information services and e-learning. He holds an MSc Computing Science.

Beth Sandore Namachchivaya

BethBeth Sandore Namachchivaya is Associate University Librarian for Research, Associate Dean of Libraries, and Professor at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.  Namachchivaya has held prior appointments at Northwestern University, the University of California, Berkeley, the California Digital Library, and the National Agricultural Library. In her role as Associate Dean at the University of Illinois Library, she is responsible for initiating and developing programs in research and digital scholarship, scholarly communications and publishing, and data curation. Her research focuses on innovation in digital library discovery and access, new forms of scholarship, and the development of sustainable digital curation practices.  This work has been supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, and various private foundations. Namachchivaya is a member of the Executive Management Team of the HathiTrust Research Center, and the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee.

Brian Kirkegaard Lunn

Brian KirkegaardBrian Kirkegaard Lunn, Pure Product Manager, Elsevier holds a Bachelor, Masters and PhD degree in Library and Information Science. He continued at the Royal School of Library and Information Science to work as an Assistant Professor in the research areas of Bibliometrics, Information Seeking Behavior and Information Architecture. Brian was subsequently hired by Aalborg University to work on Pure as a system administrator and do further development. At Aalborg University, Brian was involved in generating research intelligence from Pure for university management at all levels. Now, he is a Product Manager for Pure, and along with the other members of the Product Management team, he is responsible for new features developed in Pure.

Claire Tinker-Mill

Claire TinkerClaire currently works as the Research Systems Administrator at Lancaster University, UK. She joined Research Services in 2015 and works to support Pure and other research systems that the university utilises. She is especially fond of Pure, considering it her system baby. Prior to joining Research Services Claire completed a PhD in Biophysics at Lancaster University. Having already spent 5 years studying at Lancaster University she is typical of its alumni in that she will probably never leave. She enjoys the challenges working with Pure brings, especially the supportive community that UK has. In her spare time you’re most likely to find her curled up under a mountain of wool, with a crochet hook and puppy.

Claus Christensen

Claus ChristensenClaus Nyhus Christensen has been working on different aspects of Pure for the past 7 years. In his current position as Head of Pure Product Development, he has the overall responsibility for delivery of Pure against the agreed roadmap. Prior to that he built and headed the Pure Implementation team.

Claus holds a masters degree in Computer Science from Aalborg University, and prior to working on Pure, he worked in different positions within the software industry as developer, architect, agile consultant and more.

Dicte Madsen Dicte Madsen

Dicte Madsen joined Copenhagen Business School Library in April 2016 as a part of the Faculty and Student Services Team. She is responsible for the PURE operation and development at CBS Library, as well as support for researchers and management regarding bibliometric analysis and ORCiD.

Dicte holds a BA (Librarian DB) in Library and Information Science from The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen.

Ellen FestFest

Ellen Fest joined Wageningen UR Library in 2014 to specialize in bibliometrics and research data management. She is part of the Research Support team and is responsible for all bibliometric studies performed by the library. In 2015 she led the project in which 80 chair groups were evaluated on their bibliometrics and is a key user of SciVal.

Ellen Fest holds a PhD in Soil Chemistry from Wageningen University. After that she worked during seven years for a Dutch engineering firm in the field of soil pollution and data analysis.

Fiona Neilsonfiona neilson

Dr Fiona Neilson is the Director, Research Services Transformation at Monash University, Australia. She leads transformational business change in the research services function, identifying and planning opportunities to drive business improvements that align with University strategy and seeing them to successful completion. Fiona was the business change lead for the Pure implementation at Monash, and works closely with academic and professional staff to ensure that we support them across the research management lifecycle.

Heather WhitehouseHeather Whitehouse

Heather Whitehouse is Director for Information Resources in Library Services at the University of Aston in Birmingham in the UK. This role includes responsibility for Open Access plus library systems and the acquisition and discovery of published print and electronic resources.

Heather took on responsibility for Open Access shortly after Aston introduced Pure in 2012. She works closely with research support colleagues on Aston’s use of Pure particularly with respect to Open Access and Aston’s Research Repository. She also works with academic colleagues to develop policy and approaches for Open Access. She has a team of three working on Open Access, maintaining publications, theses and data records, providing advice and support on all aspects of Open Access for publications and supporting Aston in meeting funders’ policy requirements, notably the HEFCE Open Access Policy for the next Ref.

Heidi Holst Madsen Heidi Holst Madsen

Heidi Holst Madsen is an Information Specialist at The Royal Library/Copenhagen University Library, where she is part of the PURE and the bibliometrics teams.

Heidi holds a MA in Comparative Literature and British Studies, because at the time she didn't realize she was obviously meant to be a librarian.

Helen NewnhamHelen Newnham

Helen is the Research Information Systems Manager at the University of Bristol. She runs the Pure service, which is used by 5,500 staff and research students. She is also currently involved in implementing Scival and ORCID at Bristol.

Helen has worked on national digitisation projects as part of her previous employment at The National Library of Wales. She is a zealous advocate of metadata standards and systems interoperability.

Helen is a steering group member of CASRAI-UK.

Iris van SchaikIris van Schaik

“We can only hire you for three months…” That was the phrase my co-worker Guus and my supervisor Annalies used in December 2014 when I applied for this job. Now almost two years later I have become a (almost) full-time permanent member of the Central Member Library (CMB) team of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and Pure is still one of my most significant tasks.

In my spare time I enjoy to travel and play golf and also I am currently working on earning my Master of Science.

Jan Fransen

jan FransenJanet (Jan) Fransen is the Service Lead for Researcher and Discovery Systems for University of Minnesota Libraries in the Twin Cities. In that role, she works across Libraries divisions and with campus partners to provide library systems that save researchers' and students' time and improve their access to the materials they need to get to their next steps.

Jan's portfolio includes three areas:

- Researcher Information Systems, including Experts@Minnesota (our implementation of Elsevier Pure),
- Discovery to Access Systems, primarily MNCAT Discovery (our implementation of Ex Libris Primo/Primo Central, and delivery aspects of Ex Libris Alma),
- Learning Analytics, building on our Library Data and Student Success research and connecting it to the University's retention and student success goals.

In addition to a Masters in Library & Information Science from Dominican University, Jan holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and a B.A. in Speech-Communications, both from the University of Minnesota.

Jane HoltJane Holt

Jane Holt is the Executive Director, Office of the Provost and Senior Vice-President at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Jane leads a range of university-wide research and education strategic initiatives and operational activities. Jane is the functional lead for enterprise-wide research services and oversees the University Planning and Statistics team.

Jane is responsible for the development of research strategy and major initiatives focused on improving the university’s research performance. Jane has led myResearch, aimed at providing world-leading support for research and research administrators.  This has encompassed the development of new business processes, implementation of new systems (including Pure), workforce re-organisation and capability development.

Jochen SchirrwagenJochen Schirrwagen

Jochen Schirrwagen is working at Bielefeld University Library, Germany. He has been responsible for content aggregation in OpenAIRE - the European Scholarly Communication Infrastructure. In this context and in addition he coordinates tasks on Metadata Guidelines for Data Providers (repositories, journals, CRIS) and Usage Statistics. He is engaged in working groups of the Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation (DINI) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). Jochen holds a degree in computer engineering and is currently pursuing a degree in library and information sciences.

Johannes Ferberjohannes

Johannes joined the research solutions team in 2013 and is responsible for Pure sales in the DACH region, southern Europe, and the UK. Prior to that, Johannes worked in a strategic consulting firm, planning and implementing risk systems for financial institutions. Johannes holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Frankfurt and a master in mathematical finance from University of Oxford. He enjoys working with the Pure team and with customers on delivering the right CRIS solutions day-in day-out, "the only job which never bored me".

John McCaffery

McCafferyJohn has led the Research Services team at the Library and Learning Centre of the University of Dundee since 2012, which has responsibility for research outputs and theses within Pure, Open Access, and Research Data Management, as well as providing support for researchers in areas such as ORCiD, bibliometrics, provision of Digital Object identifiers (DOIs), and copyright and licensing enquiries.

John has worked in both public and academic libraries in a career stretching back more than 30 years, and has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Stirling, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship from Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University).

John Walker

johnJohn Walker leads strategy and marketing for Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio, comprised of products and services designed to help universities, funders and governments understand research performance and impact. This includes the SciVal benchmarking tool, the Pure research information system, and the Scopus database. John also leads the Analytical Services team which has delivered studies of research trends in specific countries and disciplines (such as research in sub-Saharan Africa, America’s Knowledge Economy, interdisciplinary research, and brain science), as well as in-depth analyses of research performance at universities around the world. In his previous role, he helped to set the strategy for the broader research business, focusing on Elsevier’s approach to open access across publishing strategy and policy development.

Prior to joining Elsevier in 2011, John earned his MBA at London Business School and Columbia University, while working as a consultant in magazine publishing, venture capital, and healthcare strategy.  His earlier career was with KPMG Forensic, where he advised clients on international litigation and arbitration in financial services, energy, media and automotive manufacturing. John also worked as a journalist and researcher for a division of ThomsonReuters. His academic background is in psychology; he published articles on personality and aesthetic preference.

Jola Prinsen

Jola PrinsenJola Prinsen has worked as a project manager at Tilburg University in The Netherlands since 2011. Tilburg University was the first Dutch university to go live with Pure. Jola ran the Pure implementation project at that institution in 2013-2014 and is currently involved in two follow-up projects. The Pure Bibliometrics project, on which she will speak at the conference, aims at enriching output in Pure with Thomson Reuters’ citation counts. This project is about to be finalized. A project to replace the Pure Standard Portal at Tilburg University by either Elsevier’s Advanced Pure Portal or The Pure Portal product, was recently started. Besides these projects, Jola runs a project at Tilburg University library which will result in a transition from the Dutch GGC cataloguing platform to OCLC’s WorldShare platform. Before 2011, Jola worked as a manager at Ticer, where she was responsible for the renowned annual Summer School on the Digital Library. Jola also worked in communications and in fee-based library & information services, and started her career as a subject specialist in computer science.

Jossie van Til-DuijstersJossie van Til-Duijsters

Since 2001, Jossie van Til-Duijsters has been involved in the domain of research information for Utrecht University. At that time Utrecht University started with Metis; the University’s first RIS (Research Information System). From the start onward she has been involved as functional manager of the university’s RIS and worked also as project lead or analyst on most internal projects to improve the data or the use of the RIS.

In 2014 Jossie was a key member of the team that migrated the RIS from Metis to Pure. She is currently working most of her time on the roll-out of additional modules within Pure and as a liaison between the faculties and their drivers and the IT-departments possibilities.

Lesley Thompson

Lesley ThompsonDr. Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Director Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK’s seven Research Councils. In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual  budget of 800 M UK pounds. As Research Director she was responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering the collaboration with industry. EPSRC’s collaboration with industry grew from 12 to 54% from 1994 to 2015 while the international research standing grew ensuring the portfolio delivered Excellence with Impact. During her time in EPSRC, Lesley introduced a number of innovations including; Ideas Factories, designed to encourage radical thinking with funding available to enact research following a sandpit in a research area;  Discipline Hopping enabling academics to take time out in another discipline and cohort based doctoral training growing the investment of two centres in 2001 to 115 centres in 2014. She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with  children.

Karen Clews

ClewsKaren Clews has worked with Pure since 2012, when she project managed its implementation at the University of Birmingham and is now the Research Information Manager, based in the University’s Strategic Planning Office. As well as being responsible for the Pure her remit extends to the coordination of activities around research information and open research; ranging from open access and open data programmes, the use of Researchfish and contributing to preparations for the next REF. Karen has been working with SciVal since early 2016 and is currently leading a cross institution group to promote a responsible approach to the use of research metrics.

Malene Knudsen

Malene KnudsenMalene Knudsen has been working with Pure for more than 13 years, both as a power user and as a key part of the Pure team. She has spent the last four years as a part of the Pure Support team, with a special focus on Pure training and quality assurance. Prior to join 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.

Manya Buchan

ManyaManya joined the Pure team as a Product Manager in 2014, and along with the other members of the Product Management team, is responsible for new features developed in Pure, including Research Assessment functionality and support for Open Access.

Prior to joining Elsevier, Manya worked at the University of Edinburgh, acting as the business lead for the procurement and implementation of Pure, and managing the University’s REF2014 and RAE2008 research assessment submissions.

Manya has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and a MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

Masud Khokhar

Masud KhokharMasud Khokhar is the Head of Digital Innovation at Lancaster University Library and leads the teams responsible for open science (open access, open data, research data, linked data), research intelligence (Scopus, Web of Science, SciVal), and library's digital systems and services. He leads on Research without Borders (RwB) strategic initiative of Digital Lancaster, developing and implementing core research support policies, applications, infrastructure and analytics components between the Library, Research Services and Information Systems and Services. He also leads two national Jisc projects on Open Access (e2eoa.org) and Research Data Administration Analytics (dmao.info). He is a member of Jisc's Research Data Management expert advisory group, part of N8 data analytics strand and chair of UK Pure Interoperability group. He holds a bachelors and a master’s degree in Computer Science and specialises in the field of software testing, fault tolerance and model checking. A full profile and blog can be found at www.masudk.com.

Nicholas BleaseNicholas Blease

Nicholas Blease is a programme manager at Queen’s University Belfast. He is responsible for business processes and Information Technology projects within the Research and Enterprise directorate. Nicholas has 18 years’ experience as a business analyst and project manager with particular knowledge in electronic document management, website and customer relationship management solutions, data management, information assurance and overall enterprise architecture.

Pernille Hamburger GrøngaardPernille Hamburger Grøngaard

Pernille Hamburger Grøngaard works as a librarian at the Research Support Office at Aarhus University, Denmark. Pernille has been working with bibliometric analyses the last 7 years in connection with especially major and prestigious funding applications. She is among other a member of the Danish Research Indicator Network and has a keen interest in metrics and normalized data including its correct usage and dissemination.

Pernille holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark.

Poul MelchiorsenPoul Melchiorsen

Poul joined Aalborg University Library in 2011 to work in the Pure administration team. The team covers registration, dissemination and analysis of research output. Poul specializes in research intelligence and management information at all levels. Focus for Poul is how to create research intelligence at a full-fledged university with research in most areas ranging from STEM over Health Sciences to SSH.

Poul holds a MA in Philosophy and Physics from University of Southern Denmark and a Master in IT from Aalborg University. Prior to the work at Aalborg University Poul worked in different software companies as front-end developer, Sharepoint consultant, database administrator, project coordinator and more.

Rebecca Bryant

RebeccaRebecca Bryant, PhD, serves as Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research where she leads and develops areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management and research support services, contributing to our thematic focus on Research Collections and Support.

Rebecca previously served as Project Manager for Researcher Information Services in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she led a campus-wide effort to implement the Elsevier Pure research information management system (RIMS), rebranded locally as Illinois Research Connections. She has also served as Director of Community at ORCID where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community, particularly promoting adoption and integration within universities worldwide. Prior to ORCID, Dr. Bryant spent a decade in the University of Illinois Graduate College as Assistant Dean where she led numerous initiatives to support early career researchers, including the establishment of campus-wide graduate career services and postdoctoral affairs offices. She also served on a campus-wide project team to collect assessment data from 62 PhD programs for the National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs. She has extensive experience defining and launching new technology initiatives within the research university setting, including Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and serving as a project leader on the system-wide Banner ERP implementation team at Illinois. Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rebecca Hall

Dr. Rebecca Hall is the director of communications and academic reporting for Houston Methodist. Dr. Hall is Rebecca Hallresponsible for executive and academic communications and marketing, faculty networking, and academic strategic plan and research development. Hall received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her PhD in Immunology from Baylor College of Medicine. She was Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine and is an Aspen Cancer Conference Fellow. Hall received the Theodore T. Puck Award for Cancer Research for her work on molecular cancer diagnostics. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Development, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hall joined Houston Methodist in 2010 to lead its communications and external relations office for the Institute for Academic Medicine, overseeing communications, faculty networking and academic development.

Richard de Waard

Richard de WaardSince 2008, Richard is working at the research policy department of academic affairs at Utrecht University. His job is a combination of institutional research (IR) and coordinating quality assurance. He works closely together with the university's Pure team in the IT department. His role is aligning information about research conducted at the university with requirements from different stakeholders: researchers, the board, policy officers, communication & marketing officers within the university and on a national level the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Richard holds two master degrees (in Neuropsychology and Philosophy). Before working at Utrecht University he worked as a researcher in the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and after that held different jobs in the software industry as webdeveloper and consultant. He later returned to higher education at VU University Amsterdam doing institutional research for 4 years prior to his current position at Utrecht University.

Ruth Allee  Ruth Allee

Ruth Allee is the Manager of Northwestern Scholars, Northwestern University’s research profiling and networking system that is hosted on the Pure platform. Ruth holds a Master of Science degree in Information Science and a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Art History. Prior to assuming responsibility for Northwestern Scholars, Ruth was Director of the Training Grant Support Office in The Graduate School and served as the knowledge manager for a research institute at Northwestern. She also held a variety of management positions in the CIO organization of the global consulting firm Accenture (including global knowledge management, content architecture, and global technical support) and in a large information provider company.

Sidse ScheldeSidse Louise Schelde

Sidse joined the Pure administration team at Roskilde University Library in January 2012. The team is responsible for support, validation and the development of research registration at Roskilde University as well as providing bibliometric analyses and supporting Open Access. In 2013-2014 Sidse took part in the first national initiative to an Open Access indicator in Denmark, and she is a member of the Danish Reference group for research registration.

Sidse holds a BA (Librarian DB) in Library and Information Science from The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen.

Sophie ColletCollet

Sophie is Head of Research and Enterprise Policy at the University of Bristol, leading a team which is responsible for driving the University’s strategic vision for research and for the development and implementation of future research strategy. Sophie is also responsible for research information systems and the production of strategic research management information and business intelligence for the University. She holds a PhD from the University of Bristol in behavioural biology and avian visual ecology (2003).

Steven Van den Berghe

Steven Van den BergheSteven Van den Berghe is the Research Information Systems Manager at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and leads a small team that promotes the use of Pure throughout the organization and that makes sure the system stays up and running. The Research Information and Data Management team (RIDM) is situated within the Research Policy Office and tries to bridge the gap between the policy side of research administration and its technical implementation. Additionally, Steven is the current chair of the of the Belgian Pure User Group, and is responsible for the integration of Flemish Pure users’ data into the Flemish Research Information Space (FRIS). Since the roll-out of Pure in 2015, Steven has been primarily working on integrating the university’s operational systems (finance, HR, student administration …) and on a large-scale data quality improvement program.

Steven holds a MA in Linguistics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and has spent a couple of years working as a computational linguist and as a consultant before returning the university in his current role.

Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas JorgensenThomas was one of the founders of Atira A/S – the Danish company originally behind Pure. Thomas served as Managing Director until the acquisition of Atira by Elsevier and has since transitioned into the role of Director, Product Management for Research Management in Elsevier.

While working across more products in Elsevier, Thomas still spends the majority of his time keeping Pure and the team behind it fit for purpose.

Victoria Platt

Victoria PlattVictoria is Head of the Research Office at the University of Roehampton, the UK’s most research-intensive modern university. With the assistance of her team, Victoria leads the development and implementation of the University’s Research Strategy and has a particular focus on supporting high quality research outputs, research grant bidding, research data management, impact development, research ethics, researcher development and other research environment factors across Roehampton’s 10 academic departments. Victoria is also responsible for the Graduate School and oversees administrative and development support for all aspects of postgraduate research degrees including the Research Student Development Programme, development and delivery of doctoral training consortia, the management of scholarship competitions and activities to enhance the research student experience.

Prior to joining the University of Roehampton in October 2015, Victoria worked at Imperial College London for nine years across a variety of research support roles including: Operations Director for the Sustainable Gas Institute where she was responsible for all non-academic aspects of this £8.2m industry-funded programme; Corporate Partnerships Manager and Operations Manager for the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial’s flagship multidisciplinary energy research institute; and Strategic Research Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering where she oversaw the Faculty’s REF 2014 submission.

Victoria has a degree in Geology from the University of Liverpool.

Wouter Haak

Wouter HaakWouter Haak is responsible for research data management at Elsevier. Prior to this, he was responsible for Elsevier’s product strategy for Scopus, ScienceDirect and Mendeley. Both roles share the core focus on delivering tools that improve research outcomes. In the area of data, use and re-use is increasingly important. This goes beyond the availability of data – it is about data normalization, discoverability, trust, credit, and overall integration. Therefore the future of research is about the ability to better share data where all stakeholders benefit.

Prior to Elsevier, Wouter has a background in online product and strategy roles. He worked for more than 5 years at eBay Classifieds, e.g. Marktplaats.nl, Kijiji.it – in roles varying from business development to overall responsiblity for the classifieds businesses in Italy, France, Belgium and Turkey. Strategy experience comes from having worked with the Boston Consulting Group for 7 years. Finally, Wouter has also worked for two start-up/early stage tech companies. His role has always been to bridge the understanding between the customer, end-user and technical opportunities.

Yulia Falkovich


Yulia Falkovich, PhD is the head for  Research Intelligence and Publications Department, Science and Innovation Office, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).

As a head of  Research Intelligence and Publications Department, she is responsible for research visibility of TPU, research output monitoring, building strategies to allocate funds on research as well as initiating and developing programs to boost scholarly communications and publishing papers in highly reputable journals. TPU as one of the top-15 Universities in Russia has been using Elsevier Research Intelligence Tools since 2013 (Scopus, Scival, PURE ). Yulia Falkovich is initiator of PURE implementation at TPU and she is responsible for data management and promotion of the portal.

She has worked for 3 years in an international research projects management and organization of research networks between TPU scientists and researchers from partner-Universities. She is an co-author of more than 30 research publications with the foreign scientists and managers as well as a project leader in internationalization of  research and innovation activities of TPU scientists. The projects have been funded from institutional, governmental and international grants.