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 of research and e-infrastructures. This initiative of starting a Community of Practice for training coordinators aims to map out the training activities of various pan-European, EOSC-related initiatives 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. At the EUDAT end conference the team, including OpenAIRE, proposed to continue collaboration, independent of projects, in a bottom up initiative for a Community of Practice for training coordinators. The idea was welcomed at the education and training group of the RDA and OpenAIRE has taken up coordination activities.

Find more information about the Community of Practice here.


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)At the Open Science FAIR in Porto (September 2019) and the RDA Plenary in Helsinki (October 2019) the CoP is planning to meet again.

Virtual meetings

Previous meetings: Gdoc

Planned virtual meetings:
2019 (the first Tuesday each month at 10 AM CEST)
  • 7 May
  • 4 June
  • 2 July
  • 6 August
  • 3 September
  • 1 October
  • 5 November
  • 3 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 Community of Practice in September, the training coordinators from several projects including projects preparing the European Open Science Cloud where already present, e.g. EOSCpilot, EOSC-hub. The CoP is for training coordinators in communities, projects and research infrastructures. In the list below the current members are listed with their affiliation, project or research infrastructure.
How to become a member

Send an email to Iryna Kuchma, iryna.kuchma [at]

Current members

  • Iryna Kuchma, EIFL, OpenAIRE, FOSTER (Coordinator)
  • Ellen Leenarts, DANS, OpenAIRE, EOSCpilot, FAIRsFAIR, SSHOC (Co-coordinator)
  • René van Horik, DANS, EOSC-Hub, FREYA, CESSDA-trust (Co-coordinator)
  • Ademosu I. E., Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority
  • Alen Vodopijevec, IRB, OpenAIRE
  • Alexia de Casanove, CINES
  • Angus Whyte, DCC, EOSCpilot, FAIRsFAIR
  • Antónia Correia, University of Minho, FIT4RRI, FOSTER
  • Celia van Gelder, DTL/ELIXIR-NL, ELIXIR, FAIRsFAIR, EOSC-life
  • Chantal Huijbers, Griffith University, Australia, ecoEd, BCCVL, ecocloud
  • Christopher Erdmann,  University of California
  • Daniel Bangert, Goettingen University, RDA
  • Deborah Thorpe, Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Ellen Verbakel, Essentials 4 Data Support
  • Elli Papadopoulou, Athena Research & Innovation Center, OpenAIRE, RDA
  • Emma Lazzeri, CNR-ISTI, OpenAIRE, RDA
  • Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, DARIAH
  • Evangelia Triantafyllou, Aalborg University Copenhagen, INOS (Integrating open and citizen science into active learning approaches in higher education) project 
  • Fotis E. Psomopoulos, INAB - Institute of Applied Biosciences, CERTH - Center for Research and Technology Hellas
  • Frances Madden, British Library, FREYA
  • Friedel Grant, LIBER
  • Gergely Sipos, EGI, EOSC-hub
  • Giuseppe La Rocca, EGI, EOSC-hub
  • Helene Brinken, Georg-August-University Göttingen, RDA EU, FIT4RRI and FOSTER
  • Hugh Shanahan, Royal Holloway, CODATA-RDA schools
  • Ilaria Fava, Goettingen University, OpenAIRE
  • Irena Vipavc Brvar, UL, CESSDA, SSHOC
  • Irina Mikhailava, GÉANT
  • Jeannette Ekstrøm, DTU
  • Jonathan England, LU, OpenAIRE
  • Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn, INOS (Integrating open and citizen science into active learning approaches in higher education) project
  • Kerry Miller, The University of Edinburgh
  • Kerstin Helbig, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Kevin Ashley, DCC
  • Marcel Ras, NCDP
  • Mareike Buss, CBS
  • Maria Manuel Borges, University of Coimbra
  • Martina Torma, LIBER
  • Mijke Jetten, Radboud University
  • Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
  • Pedro L. Fernandes, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
  • Pedro Principe, University of Minho, OpenAIRE, FIT4RRI, FAIRsFAIR
  • Silvia Wissel, ZBW
  • Tobias Steiner, Goettingen University, OpenAIRE
  • Valerie Brasse, euroCRIS - The International Organisation for Research Information
  • Vasso Kalaitzi, LIBER, SSHOC
  • Venkat Shanmugasundaram, DCC
  • Vid Svaksha, VIB

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