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Structure, people & operations.

OpenAIRE was established in 2018 to ensure a permanent presence and structure for a European-wide national policy and open scholarly communication infrastructure.

OpenAIRE is a Non-Profit Partnership (NPP) incorporated under the provisions of Greek Law (articles 741 onwards of the Greek Civil Code) and Law No 4072/2012.


OpenAIRE is a participatory initiative from its onset and is reflected in its governance structure:

  • General Assembly: the highest decision making body (votes from regular members).
  • Executive Board: supervises the activities of the organisation.
  • Standing Committees: provide strategic guidance to the operation of the organisation.
  • Working Groups: provide hands on guidance and results for the implementation of Open Science.
  • Management Office: carries out all daily activities.
  • Ethics Advisory Committee: oversees ethical issues of the infrastructure.
  • Executive Board

    The Executive Board is composed of eight experts in Open Science. Its role is to steer, evaluate and advance the implementation of the strategic directions of the OpenAIRE e-Infrastructure.

    The chair of the Executive Board and General Assembly is Inge Van Nieuwerburgh.

    Inge Van Nieuwerburgh

    Open Science expert, University of Ghent

    Pauli Assinen

    Head of Development, University of Helsinki

    Eloy Rodrigues

    Director of the University of Minho Libraries

    Birgit Schmidt

    Knowledge Commons Unit Head, Göttingen State and University Library 

    Gultekin Gurdal

    Library Director, Izmir Institute of Technology

    Michal Růžička

    Head of the department of Data Security and Management, Computer Science, Masaryk University

    Elli Papadopoulou

    Open Science Research Associate, Athena Research Center
  • Standing Committees

    Open Science Strategies Standing Committee

    Identifies emerging and analyses existing policies regarding Open Science.

    Services and Technology Standing Committee

    Defines, assesses and expands the OpenAIRE services with focus on the interoperability within the global context.

    Training and Support Standing Committee

    Develops training strategy, monitors and measures training operations.

    Outreach, Communication and Engagement Standing Committee

    Provides a communications, outreach and engagement strategy, recommends the prioritization for services and stakeholders, and is responsible for onboarding new OpenAIRE members.

  • Working Groups

    Monitor OS Policies WG

    The Monitor Open Science Policies (MOSP) WG identifies indicators for measuring Open Science uptake and impact, overviews monitoring activities in European countries and aligns with OpenAIRE.

    Research Data Management WG

    The Research Data Management (RDM) WG focuses on institutional and national RDM support and good practice exchange.

    Business Models WG

    The objective of this working group is to develop sustainable business models for the operation of OpenAIRE and scholarly communication services. 


    The objective of this working group is to continue the development of the metadata guidelines and application profiles within OpenAIRE projects, ensuring community convergence and updates.


    The EOSC WG discusses the potential new role of NOADs and the EOSC implementation at national level.

  • Office Team

    Our team is a valuable asset of the OpenAIRE and the key to its success. High-skilled people from all over Europe with passion for Open Science and significant experience in the relevant to their work fields consist are responsible for ensuring the implementation of the decisions of the General Assembly and the directions provided by the OpenAIRE Executive Board.

    Alane Brunschweiger

    Communications Specialist

    Androniki Pavlidou

    Services Portfolio Manager

    Angeliki Tzouganatou

    Research Project Manager & Open Infrastructure Specialist

    Christina Xylogianni

    Digital Librarian & Metadata Specialist

    Eleni Koulocheri

    Project Manager

    Fay Meimaraki

    Marketing and Communication Officer

    Giulia Malaguarnera

    Outreach and Engagement Officer

    Ioanna Giannaki

    Office Manager

    Iro Bournazou

    Communication & Social Media Specialist

    Jonathan England

    Open Science Training Specialist

    Leonidas Pispiringas

    Scholarly Communication Technical Expert

    Maja Dolinar

    User Engagement & EOSC Liaison

    Marianna Katrakazi

    Legal Consultant

    Prodromos Tsiavos

    Senior Legal and Policy Advisor

    Stefania Amodeo

    Engagement & Training Officer

    Tassos Stavropoulos

    Research Project Manager / RDM Specialist

    Tereza Šímová

    Research Project Manager

    Thanasis Vergoulis

    Development & Operation Director
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