The EOS Board

Chairman: Professor Bernard Rentier

Rentier photoProfessor Bernard Rentier (1947) is Rector of the University of Liege in Belgium. He studied Biology and Virology in Liège, where he obtained his MS in Biology in 1970, his PhD in Virology in 1976 and his DSc in Virology in 1982. After his employment as assistant (1970-1976) at the ULg's department of General & Medical Microbiology he was appointed (1976 - 1981) at the Infectious Diseases Branch, National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA. From 1981 he was Head of Virology and Immunology Unit, Dept of Microbiology, ULg and was appointed Vice-Rector in 1997, in charge of the modernisation and general reform of the University's libraries. He was elected Rector and President in 2005, reelected in 2009. During his professional career he has won several prizes and awards in the fields of virology and immunology. He created (1991) and still chairs BioLiege, a local association of academic and corporate biotechnologists. At ULg, he has launched the GIGA project in medical molecular biology. He also chairs WAVE, a foundation for the study of varicella and zoster in Europe and he is Vice-President of the European Federation of Biotechnology. In the French-speaking Community of Belgium, he chairs the Rectors' Conference (2007-2009) and the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS, 2005-2006; 2008-2011). He has been a strong advocate of the Open Access (OA) movement and has concretised it by having his university and the FNRS sign the Berlin Declaration on OA, by imposing an institutional repository (IR) mandate in his university, and by extending the mandate to the FNRS as a research funding organisation.

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Professor Tom Cochrane

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Professor Tom Cochrane is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He heads a Division which combines the services of the Libraries, Information Technology Services, Teaching and Learning Support Services, Integrated Help Services and University Printing Services in the one structure. The organisation currently comprises approximately 480 equivalent full time staff and oversees an annual expenditure in excess of $50 million, to support a full range of information and technology services as well as learning and academic support for QUT's teaching and research activities.

In his current role Professor Cochrane's external duties include Chair, Australian Libraries’ Copyright Committee; Chair, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council; Director, Australian Digital Alliance and Director, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation. He is also a member of the National Research Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Publications Board of the CSIRO.

He is co-leader of the Creative Commons project for which QUT is the institutional partner for Australia. This project, together with other open access initiatives locally based at QUT, signal a long standing commitment to access to knowledge, and to research output worldwide. More ...

Dr William Dar

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Dr William D Dar is the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr Dar has had a long and distinguished career as an educationist, agricultural scientist, administrator, and humanitarian in his native Philippines and abroad in the Asia Pacific region and sub-Saharan Africa.

He holds the distinction of being the first Filipino and Asian to be Director General of ICRISAT, a center supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He is also currently Chair of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Dr Dar has also been a member of the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger. Prior to joining ICRISAT, he served as Presidential Adviser for Rural Development, and Secretary of Agriculture in the Philippines (equivalent to Minister of Agriculture), the first ever alumnus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to become one. Before this, he was Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) and Vice President for R&D and Professor of Benguet State University (BSU), Philippines.

Dr Dar has received a number of awards and honors, including the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines, Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year, Crop Science Society of the Philippines' Achievement Award for Research Management and Outstanding Science Administrator given by the Philippines Department of Science and Technology.

He was also awarded as Distinguished Alumnus of UPLB and Most Outstanding Alumnus of BSU and the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College. In November 2002, PCARRD honored him with its highest and most prestigious award, the Symbol of Excellence in R&D Management. In 2003 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the Mariano Marcos State University in the Philippines and in 2007, the Benguet State University conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Resource Management. In 2003, he was awarded the "For the Sake of Agriculture and Rural Development in Vietnam Award". Recently, he was recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award in the field of agriculture awarded by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippine Government. In 2008, Dr Dar was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology by the Isabela State University (ISU) in the Philippines. In 2009, he was conferred the Father Jose Burgos Award, Ilocos Sur’s most prestigious award, for his outstanding achievement in the field of agriculture. In recognition of his excellent and outstanding contribution to pulses research and development, he was recently honored with the Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development (ISPRD) Lifetime Achievement Award. More ...

Professor Martin Hall

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Martin Hall is Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford. He is also Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town, where he is affiliated with the Graduate School of Business.Previously Professor of Historical Archaeology, he was inaugural Dean of Higher Education Development and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT (from 1999 to 2008). He is a past-President of the World Archaeological Congress and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and of the University of Cape Town. He is an accredited mediator with the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement.

He has written extensively on pre-colonial history in Southern Africa, on the historical archaeology of colonialism and on contemporary public culture. He currently teaches and carries out research on the intersection of the public and private sectors, entrepreneurship, and the role of “knowledge organizations” in advancing development in highly unequal societies.

Recent publications include“Identity, memory and countermemory:the archaeology of an urban landscape” (Journal of Material Culture 11(1-2): 189-209, 2006), Historical Archaeology (edited with Stephen Silliman; Oxford, Blackwell, 2006), Desire Lines: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City (edited with Noeleen Murray and Nick Shepherd; London, Routledge, 2007), “Transformation and continuity in the university in Africa” (Social Dynamics 33 (1):181-198, 2007) and “Stitch Wise: Strategic Knowledge Management for Pro-Poor Enterprise on South Africa’s Goldfields” (in The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa:Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models, in press 2008).A full list of publications, as well as current work, is available at

Professor Stevan Harnad

StevanSTEVAN HARNAD was born in Hungary, did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at Princeton University. Currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at Universite du Quebec a Montreal and Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University, UK, his research is on categorisation, communication and cognition. Founder and Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press), he is Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and author and contributor to over 300 publications. He has been a leading figure in promoting open access for many years and has written and presented extensively on the topic. More ...

Professor Keith Jeffery

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Keith Jeffery is Director of IT and International Strategy at the UK's Science & Technology Facilities Council, one of the seven UK Research Councils. The Information Technology Department (15m€ p.a. turnover, 140 staff) provides services to the STFC, national services to the UK academic community and undertaking research and development projects funded by the UK Research Councils, government departments, the European Commission and commerce and industry internationally. Keith has extensive experience in consultancy, project management and product development both within the public sector and the commercial sector. He has been involved actively in EC-funded projects as reviewer, coordinator, system architect and in technical and exploitation roles. He has authored strategic reports for the EC. He was editor-in-chief and later chairman for the Next Generation GRIDs expert group of DG INFSO F2. He authored the initial paper proposing the UK e-Science programme. Previous positions included running a Division for Information Systems Engineering, leading a database and office systems service group, running a group using computing for environmental science data storage, retrieval, analysis and modelling, and leading a team providing a computing service to the UK Geological Survey.

Keith holds a BSc in Geology, a PhD in Geology (with a very large computing content!) and is a Fellow of both the Geological Society of London and the British Computer Society. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. He is a trustee emeritus (past secretary and vice-president) of the Endowment Board of the VLDB (Very Large Database) Conference, and is a member of the boards controlling the EDBT (Extending Database Technology) conference, CAiSE (Conference on Advanced Systems Engineering) and OOIS (Object-Oriented Information Systems) conference. He is a member of the SOFSEM Steering Committee. He is president of euroCRIS and president of ERCIM. He serves on several programme committees for international and national conferences, he reviews material for journals and books and reviews research proposals for several countries. He has numerous publications in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings. He holds three honorary / visiting professorships.

Dr Sijbolt Noorda

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Dr Sijbolt Noorda is currently president of VSNU, the Association of Dutch Research Universities. He is president emeritus of the University of Amsterdam and served or serves in many executive or non-executive boards in academic matters, ICT, health care and the arts. He holds degrees in theology and biblical studies from universities in Amsterdam, New York and Utrecht. His current teaching and research interests are the cultural reception history of religion in Europe. In addition to his academic field he lectures widely on various aspects of university leadership and the relation between academia and society.



Professor Stuart Shieber

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Professor Stuart Shieber is James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His primary research field is computational linguistics, the study of human languages from the perspective of computer science. His research contributions have covered a broad range of areas of inquiry beyond that field as well, extending to theoretical linguistics, natural-language processing, computer-human interaction, automated graphic design, the philosophy of artificial intelligence, computer privacy and security, and computational biology. He was the founding director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society and is the Director of the University Office for Scholarly Communication and a faculty co-director of the Berkman
Center for Internet and Society.

Professor Shieber received an AB in applied mathematics summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1989. He was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator award in 1991, and was named a Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1993, one of only thirty in the country in all areas of science and engineering. He has been awarded two honorary chairs: the John L. Loeb Associate Professorship in Natural Sciences in 1993 and the Harvard College Professorship in 2001. He was named a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence in 2004, and the Benjamin White Whitney Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for 2006-07.

He is the author or editor of five books and numerous articles in computer science. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the editorial boards for the journals Computational Linguistics, Grammars, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, the Journal of Language and Computation, and the Journal of Heuristics, and founded and organized the Computation and Language E-Print Archive until its superseding by the Computing Research Repository on which he advised.

Professor Shieber holds seven patents, and is co-founder of Cartesian Products, Inc., a high-technology research and development company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, providing advanced software technology to improve worldwide communication and information access. He is also the founder of Microtome Publishing, a company dedicated to nonstandard approaches to scholarly publishing.

Professor Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson

Professor Ian Simpson is Deputy Principal for Research and Knowledge Transfer, and Professor of Environmental Science, at the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom. Ian graduated from the University of Strathclyde with BSc and PhD degrees in Geography. He then worked from 1985 as a researcher on land use and environmental policy issues with the UK Government's Civil Service - Ministry of Agriculture. Joining the University of Stirling in 1990 as Lecturer in Environmental Science, he became Professor in 2002. He has previously held the posts of Vice-Dean (Research) in Natural Sciences and Head of the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, before becoming Deputy Principal in 2007. As Deputy Principal he has overseen development of the Stirling Online Research Repository.

His research interests are in soils and sediments as records of cultural and environmental change. Working closely with historians, archaeologists and anthropologists, he contributes to cross-disciplinary discussions on cultural and national identities as they relate to historic landscapes, historical depth in contemporary environmental issues and foundations for natural and cultural heritage resources management. With support from NERC, AHRC, US - National Science Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust he has authored and co-authored over a hundred research papers with a geographic range from arctic Greenland to tropical Sri Lanka.

Externally, he is Adjunct Professor in Anthropology at the Graduate School, City University of New York, has developed international research experience for undergraduate programmes, and has contributed to a range of national and international working groups on heritage resource policy.

Professor Peter Suber

SuberPeter Suber is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. His Ph.D. in philosophy and J.D. are both from Northwestern University. He edits the Open Access News blog, writes the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, and was co-founder of the Open Access Directory. He was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and sits on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society, and the boards of several other groups devoted to open access, scholarly communication, and the information commons. He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, speaking, and writing. More ...

Professor John Willinsky

Professor John Willinsky

Professor John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and director of the Public Knowledge Project at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, as well as Stanford. Much of his work, including his book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), as well as PKP's open source software for journals and conferences, is free to download through the project's website (




Dr Alma Swan (Convenor/Coordinateur)


Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd, Director of Advocacy for SPARC Europe, Director of the Directory for Open Access Journals and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, an organisation of university managers and policymakers that promotes the principles of open scholarship and open science. She holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.

Her work covers market research and business modelling, project management and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviours, and the study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age of the Web. She writes and makes frequent presentations on scholarly communication issues.

Alma has BSc and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Warwick Business School. In her early career she held a lectureship at the University of Leicester, teaching courses on cell biology, comparative anatomy and the biology of cancer, before moving in science publishign for eleven years. In 1996 she co-founded Key Perspectives Ltd, a consultancy specialising in scholarly communication. She was adviser to the World Bank when it developed in Open Access policy in 2011 and is currently working with UNESCO in the same role. She has written the UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Open Access.

Alma is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and a Chartered Biologist, has just completed three terms as an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist. More ...