Training Coordinators

Community of Practice

informal network to share training experiences

The Community of Practice for Training Coordinators (CoP) is an informal network to share training experiences initiated by a group of people who coordinate training programmes in research domains and e-infrastructures. Together, the CoP aims to map out training activities of various pan-European, such as EOSC-related initiatives (and more recently initiatives beyond the European sphere), and strengthen their training capacity by improved alignment, sharing experiences and good practices, initiating cross-infrastructure training activities.

Background: One of the outcomes of the EUDAT project final conference was to set up several training workshops across Europe. The EUDAT team, along with OpenAIRE, proposed to continue collaboration, independent of projects, in a bottom-up initiative for the CoP. The idea was welcomed at the education and training group of the RDA and OpenAIRE has taken up coordination activities.

New activities in 2022

Through OpenAIRE's strong representation in the EOSC Future project, where OpenAIRE also leads training and skills, a decision was made to engage the CoP and establish two new task forces (TFs) that can benefit from the expertise available through the CoP. These two TFs and their mission statements are:

  • EOSC training: “to formulate a joint vision and a roadmap for training activities for EOSC and ensure it develops and operates a cross-discipline, cross-infrastructures network of training experts and aligned training activities; to develop good practices for training in EOSC, harmonising learning outcomes, identifying KPIs and measuring the impact of EOSC-related training; and EOSC train-the-trainer activities.”
  • Quality assurance of training resources: “to co-create a checklist for quality assurance of training materials, such as materials review policies, prerequisites, continuous improvement based on feedback, responsibilities, etc.”

These TFs are just getting underway and the eventual outcomes will be to develop guidelines and checklists that will be used by EOSC Future as well as EOSC and the general open science community. We are aiming to start producing outputs before the end of this year. If you would like to learn more or get involved please contact us!


On 6 September 2018 the CoP was launched with a first online call. This call was followed up by a monthly call ever since. The CoP calls are about exchanging news about training related topics such as the EOSC training portal, new training offerings by projects or infrastructures, how to create badges, curricula, etc. As a member you receive an invite to the monthly calls.

During the DI4R in October 2018 the CoP organised a first face to face meeting: “Have a CoP of T in our cafe” (see here)Two other meetings took place at the Open Science FAIR in Porto (September 2019) on Making EOSC Training More FAIR and at the EOSC Symposium in Budapest (November 2019) on Skills development for EOSC - Competences and Training infrastructure for EOSC. A three-day workshop on Training in the EOSC in February 2020 in the Hague released recommendations on the Rules of Participation for training and practical guidance for training service providers. GDPR and training: How to organize GDPR compliant online events webinar took place in October. And How to effectively engage a community? session took place on November 18.

Virtual meetings

Previous meetings: Gdoc

Planned virtual meetings:
2022 (at 1400 CET)
  • 10 May
  • 14 June
  • 12 July
  • 9 August
  • 13 September
  • 11 October
  • 8 November
  • 13 December
Slack channel
Slack channelThere is a Slack channel available by invitation for the members of the CoP for discussing topics, e.g. new train the trainer toolkits and share news.


Since the start of the CoP in September 2018, training coordinators from several projects, including those contributing to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), e.g. EOSCpilot, EOSC-hub, and those involved in other European projects have participated. Membership has grown to include a very diverse group from diverse backgrounds and includes some members from outside Europe too The CoP is for training coordinators in communities, projects and research infrastructures and in the list below the current members are listed with their affiliation, project or research infrastructure. If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining, please get in touch! Membership is free and activities are community driven.
How to become a member

Send an email to Helen Clare (helen.clare [at] or S. Venkataraman (s.venkataraman [at]

Current members

  • Helen Clare, JISC and EOSC Synergy (co-chair)
  • Shanmugasundaram Venkataraman (Venkat), OpenAIRE, EOSC Future, CODATA-RDA schools (co-chair)
  • Agapi-Stamoulia Polyzou, The University of Thessaly Library
  • Alen Vodopijevec, IRB, OpenAIRE
  • Alexia de Casanove, CINES
  • Alicia Gomez Sanchez, TU Wien Bibliothek
  • Angus Whyte, DCC, FAIRsFAIR
  • Antónia Correia, University of Minho, RDA-PT, ON-MERRIT
  • Carmen Jambé, Université de Lausanne
  • Celia van Gelder, DTL/ELIXIR-NL, ELIXIR, FAIRsFAIR, EOSC-life
  • Chantal Huijbers, Griffith University, Australia, ecoEd, BCCVL, ecocloud
  • Christopher Erdmann,  American Geophysical Union
  • Claudia Alen Amaro, Instruct-ERIC
  • Cosimo Vallo, LifeWatch, EOSC Future
  • Daniel Bangert, Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Daniel Thomas Lopez, EBI, EOSC Life, EOSC Future
  • Daniela Hausen, RWTH Aachen University and NFDI4Chem
  • Deborah Thorpe, Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Džalila Muharemagić, University of Bihać
  • Dominique L. Green, Digital Curation Centre | University of Edinburgh

  • Elisha Teo, Aalborg University Copenhagen, INOS Project
  • Ellen Leenarts, DANS, OpenAIRE, FAIRsFAIR, SSHOC
  • Elli Papadopoulou, Athena Research & Innovation Center, OpenAIRE, RDA
  • Emilie Hermans | EOSC-Pillar | EOSC Future | Digital Archiving, Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent
  • Emma Lazzeri, CNR-ISTI, OpenAIRE, RDA
  • Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, DARIAH
  • Etienne B. Roesch, University of Reading
  • Eva Hnatkova, National Library of Technology
  • Evangelia Triantafyllou, Aalborg University Copenhagen, INOS (Integrating open and citizen science into active learning approaches in higher education) project 
  • Evgeny Bobrov, Berlin Institute of Health, QUEST – Quality | Ethics | Open Science | Translation, Center for Transforming Biomedical Research
  • Flavio Azevedo, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and FORRT Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training
  • Fotis E. Psomopoulos, INAB - Institute of Applied Biosciences, CERTH - Center for Research and Technology Hellas
  • Frances Madden, British Library, FREYA
  • Francesca Di Donato, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "Antonio Zampolli" (ILC) - CNR, TRIPLE Project
  • Geneviève Morin, Douglas Research Centre - Montreal
  • Gergely Sipos, EGI, EOSC Future
  • Gitte Kragh, Aarhus University and TIME4CS project
  • Giuseppe La Rocca, EGI, EOSC Future
  • Gultekin Gurdal, Izmir Institute of Technology, OpenAIRE
  • Helene Brinken, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
  • Hermann Schranzhofer, TU Graz
  • Hugh Shanahan, Royal Holloway, CODATA-RDA schools
  • Ilaria Fava, Goettingen University, OpenAIRE
  • Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent, OpenAIRE & EOSC-PILLAR
  • Irena Vipavc Brvar, UL, CESSDA, SSHOC, EOSC Future
  • Iryna Kuchma, EIFL, OpenAIRE, FOSTER, EOSC Future
  • Isabel Bacellar, Douglas Research Centre - Montreal
  • Janice Ansine, Citizen Science at the Open University, Cos4Cloud project
  • Jeannette Ekstrøm, DTU
  • Jiří Marek, Masaryk University
  • Jitka Dobbersteinova, The Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
  • Jitka Stilund Hansen, DTU Library, Technical University of Denmark
  • Johannes Blumenberg, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Johanna Havemann, Access 2 Perspectives, AfricArXiv 
  • Jonathan England, LU, OpenAIRE
  • Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn, INOS (Integrating open and citizen science into active learning approaches in higher education) project
  • Katherine Flynn, ISEKI Food Association and FoodCloud
  • Kathryn Unsworth, ARDC
  • Kerry Miller, The University of Edinburgh
  • Kerstin Helbig, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Kevin Ashley, DCC
  • Kristina Korshunova, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Kristýna Zychová, LIB Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
  • Laura Molloy, CODATA
  • Linas Čepinskas, DANS, FAIRsFAIR and EOSC Synergy
  • Linda Martin, Bielefeld University
  • Lisana Berberi, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Liz Stokes, ARDC
  • Loredana Le Pera, ELIXIR-IIB, CNR-IBIOM and CNR-IBPM, c/o Sapienza University of Rome
  • Louise Bezuidenhout, DANS, EOSC Future, CODATA-RDA schools
  • Lowri Harris, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and FoodCloud
  • Magdalena Szuflita-Żurawska, Gdansk University of Technology
  • Maggie Hellström, Lund University, ENVRI
  • Marcel Ras, NCDP
  • Mareike Buss, CBS
  • Maria Manuel Borges, University of Coimbra
  • Maria Teresa Manca, LifeWatch ERIC, EOSC Future
  • Marie Czuray, AUSSDA - The Austrian Social Science Data Archive
  • Mathilde Panes, EPFL Library
  • Matt Mahon, University of Glasgow
  • Michal Růžička, Masaryk University
  • Mijke Jetten, Radboud University
  • Monica Forni, Università di Bologna, RItrainPlus
  • Natalie Haley, Instruct-ERIC
  • Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
  • Nicola Fiore, LifeWatch ERIC, ENVRI FAIR
  • Paula Moura, Minho University, OpenAIRE Nexus and EOSC Future
  • Paula Oset Garcia, Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent & EOSC-PILLAR
  • Päivi Rauste, CSC – Tieteen tietotekniikan keskus Oy, CSC – IT Center for Science
  • Pedro L. Fernandes, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
  • Pedro Principe, University of Minho, OpenAIRE, EOSC Future
  • Renato Alves, EMBL Bio-IT Project, HD-HuB (de.NBI, ELIXIR-DE), EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
  • René van Horik, DANS, CESSDA-trust 
  • Sanja Drakulic, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
  • Sarah Hughes, GEANT
  • Silvia Wissel, ZBW
  • Sonja Filiposka, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje, NI4OS project
  • Stefanie Strebel, Universität Zürich
  • Tatsiana Yankelevich, LIBER
  • Tereza Kalová, Universität Wien Bibliotheks-und Archivwesen
  • Valerie Brasse, euroCRIS - The International Organisation for Research Information
  • Vasso Kalaitzi, DANS
  • Vera Matser, EBI
  • Veronika Keck, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

  • Vicky Garnett, DARIAH
  • Vid Svaksha, VIB

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