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.

Activities in 2023

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.” This TF is now running, and meeting monthly, providing a forum in which individuals interested in or doing EOSC-related training can come together. If you would like to learn more or get involved please contact us!
  • 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. This TF has now published an output which is being used within the EOSC Future project but is also of value to the open science community as a whole.

Besides these, there are a number of other activities being considered while the group also has monthly meetings in which different members present work that they are involved in. Please see below for details on when we meet and also how to join our community!


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 in 2023 (at 1400 CET):
  • 13 June
  • 11 July
  • 8 August
  • 12 Sept
  • 10 October
  • 14 November
  • 12 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 (co-chair), JISC, EOSC Synergy, EOSC Future
  • Shanmugasundaram Venkataraman (Venkat; co-chair), OpenAIRE, EOSC Future, PATTERN, CODATA-RDA schools
  • Adam Partridge, ELIXIR-UK, University of Sheffield
  • 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
  • Antonina Chaban, National Institute of Optics - Italian National Research Council (INO-CNR)
  • 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
  • Cristina M Ribeiro Do Canto Lagid, Aarhus University, PATTERN
  • 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
  • Deborah Wiltshire, Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, GESIS
  • Džalila Muharemagić, University of Bihać
  • Dominique L. Green, Digital Curation Centre

  • Eleonora Parisi, LifeWatch, EOSC Future
  • 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, Skill4EOSC
  • Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, DARIAH
  • Etienne B. Roesch, University of Reading
  • Eva Hnatkova, National Library of Technology
  • Evangelia Triantafyllou, Aalborg University Copenhagen, INOS
  • Evgeny Bobrov, Berlin Institute of Health, QUEST, Center for Transforming Biomedical Research
  • Fieke Schoots, Health-RI
  • Flavio Azevedo, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, FORRT
  • 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,
  • Gina Pavone, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione "A. Faedo" - CNR
  • 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
  • Jessica Lindvall, NBIS/ELIXIR-SE
  • 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, OpenAIRE
  • Karsten Kryger Hansen, Aalborg University Library
  • 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
  • Krzys Poterlowicz, ELIXIR-UK, University of Bradford
  • Laura Molloy, CODATA
  • Linas Čepinskas, DANS, FAIRsFAIR and EOSC Synergy
  • Linda Martin, Bielefeld University
  • Lisa Hirsch, AUSSDA, Vienna University Library

  • 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
  • Lottie Provost, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • 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
  • Milica Ševkušić, EIFL, Institute of Technical Sciences of Serbian Academy of Sciences
  • Monica Forni, Università di Bologna, RItrainPlus
  • Natalie Haley, Instruct-ERIC
  • Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
  • Neil Jacobs, UKRN, University of Bristol
  • Nicola Fiore, LifeWatch ERIC, ENVRI FAIR
  • Pascal Flohr, DANS, EOSC Future
  • 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
  • Stamoulia Agapi Polyzou, Library & Information Service of the University of Thessaly
  • 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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