Advisory Groups

GenPORT furthermore counts on the generous support of a Science Advisory Group and Portal Advisory Group, comprised of the following members. 

Gender and Science Advisory Group

Professor Suzanne de Cheveigné is senior researcher (directrice de recherche) with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Centre Norbert Elias in Marseilles, France. Her research focuses on public problems in science, technology and the environment, including the place of women in science. She serves on the editorial board of Science Communication and Enquete and on the scientific committee of the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) international network. She is author of L’Environnement dans le journal televisé : Médiateurs et visions du monde and first author of Les Biotechnologies en débat : Pour une démocratie scientifique. Professor de Cheveigné has recently served as the chair of the EC expert group on The Gender Challenge in Research Funding.

Professor Teresa Rees CBE AcSS is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, and Director for Wales of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She is a long-term expert adviser to the Research Directorate-General at the EC and was the rapporteur for a series of reports on women and science, such as Science policies in the EU (the ETAN report). She served on the expert group that produced the European Commission’s 2011 report Structural Change in Research Institutions: Enhancing excellence, gender equality and efficiency in research and innovation. She is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and was honoured for her work on equal opportunities and higher education.

Professor Inés Sánchez de Madariaga is the Head of the Women and Science Unit in the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness. She is also a former Fulbright scholar, and is Professor of City Planning at the Madrid School of Architecture. She has served as Chair of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Structural Change in Research Institutions, which reported in 2011, and as a member of the Helsinki Group on Women and Science. She is a member of the Executive
Committee of the European Urban Research Association (EURA), and is an expert evaluator for the European Commission and the International Labor Organisation on gender issues. She has also served as an evaluator for the Fulbright Commission and Spanish National Research Plan.

Professor Renata Siemienska-Zochowska is a Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, director of the Institute for Social Studies of the University of Warsaw, head of the Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Institute, and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Women, Society and Development in Warsaw. She has served as President of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), an expert of UN, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the Plenipotentiary of Equal Status of Men and Women in Poland. She also was a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Gender and Excellence, which evaluated the gender distribution of grants by national institutions in all EU Member States.


Portal Advisory Group

Professor Eric Duval is a professor in the research unit on human-computer interaction, at the computer science department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His expertise is in repositories, federated search, harvesting, and content management, but also more end user-oriented aspects like information visualization, mobile information devices, multi-touch displays and mash-ups. He is currently focusing on massive hyper-personalization (“The Snowflake Effect”), learning analytics, openness and abundance. He serves as chair of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee working group on Learning Object Metadata. He has also co-founded two spin-offs that apply research results for access to music and scientific output, as well as the not-for-profit ARIADNE Foundation that promotes share and reuse of learning material.

Dr Agueda Gras-Velazquez is the Science Programme Manager of European Schoolnet (EUN) in charge of overseeing the Maths and Science projects run by EUN. She also manages Scientix, DG Research’s online community for science education in Europe. She coordinates the school piloting of the FP7 project 30odelling (ECB) and manages EUN’s involvement in projects like Pathway, UniSchooLabS and Nanochannels. She has co-authored several papers in the area of Science Education Research, particularly on teaching applications of ICT, Fraud in Science and Scientific paradigm shifts in medicine and women. She has a PhD in Astrophysics from Trinity College Dublin, which she carried out at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Professor Andy Lane is Professor of Environmental Systems at the Open University, UK. He was Director of The Open University’s OpenLearn Initiative from 2006 to 2010, served as a Board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008 to 10 and has been involved in several European Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives such as MORIL and OER-HE. He is currently also a Senior Fellow in the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the Open University. His expertise is in the use of diagramming to aid systems thinking and learning; and systems of open education, especially the use of open educational resources.

Bob Strunz is the Chief Technical Architect of the Irish National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR) service where he has oversight of its daily operations and is also on the board. In his role as Technology Advisor to the Vice-President Academic at the University of Limerick in Ireland, Bob has the responsibility of advising the Executive of the institution on changes and challenges in technology. He has a background in electronic and software engineering, and a research track record in the role of technology in the learning environment. His current expertise is in technology use in the university, repositories and social media.

Sue Gardner (born 1967) is the current executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, and previous director of the Canadian broadcasting Corporation’s website and online news outlets. She received a degree in journalism from Ryerson University. In March 2006, she succeeded Claude Galipeau as Senior Director of the division of 150 new media staff developing, the CBC website and Internet platform. In May 2007, Gardner resigned from CBC, and shortly thereafter began consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation as a special advisor on operations and governance. Since her arrival at Wikimedia, Gardner has introduced major initiatives focused on organizational maturity, long-term sustainability, and increased participation, reach, and quality of the Foundation’s free-knowledge projects. In December 2007, she was hired as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Over the next two years, she oversaw growth of the staff including the addition of a fundraising team, and an office move from Tampa to San Francisco. In October 2009, Gardner was named by the Huffington Post as one of ten “media game changers of the year” for the impact on new media of her work for Wikimedia. Gardner is also a member of the Online News Association, the Society for News Design, Women in Film and Television, the Canadian Association of
Journalists and Canadian Women In Communications.