esss Steering committee

The steering committee is responsible for the activities of the esss.
All organizing institutions are represented in the steering board.

Members of the Steering Committee:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Glänzel
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) & Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Belgium

Wolfgang Glänzel is Director of the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) and Professor at KU Leuven (Belgium). He is also affiliated with the Dept. Science Policy & Scientometrics at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (Hungary). Wolfgang Glänzel studied mathematics at the Eötvös Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from ELTE obtained in 1984 as well as a PhD in the Social Sciences obtained from Leiden University (Netherlands) in 1997.
He worked about twenty years at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences before he moved to Leuven (Belgium) in 2002, where he works and lives at present. He is also Guest Professor at several Universities in China and the UK.
His research activities comprise probability theory and mathematical statistics, quantitative science studies and research policy. In the field of probability theory he has published on the characterisation of probability distributions, in quantitative science studies and research policy his research is mainly focussed on models of scientific communication, the development of scientometric indicators, the analysis of co-authorship patterns and research collaboration, the structural-cognitive mapping of science, bibliometrics-aided retrieval and the measurement of research performance at various levels of aggregation. Wolfgang Glänzel has published numerous journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters and co-authored/co-edited several books. He was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow for two years in Germany. In 1999 he received the international Derek deSolla Price Award for outstanding contributions to the quantitative studies of science.
He is Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) and Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s Newsletter. Wolfgang Glänzel is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Scientometrics since 2014.

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Prof. Dr. Koenraad Debackere
KU Leuven, Belgium

Koenraad Debackere has been with KU Leuven since 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. in Management with an ICM-fellowship at the University of Gent after stays as an ICM-fellow and an ICRMOT research assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management. He was a Fulbright-Hays post-doctoral fellow at MIT in 1991-1992. In 1995 he became professor at KU Leuven. His research has focused on the area of technology and innovation management and policy, the development of indicators for measuring the linkage between science and technology, the design and use of bibliometric indicators for science policy purposes and the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development. He is coordinator of the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM)of the Flemish government. He is also actively engaged in technology transfer activity as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development.

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Dr. Sybille Hinze
Berlin University Alliance, Germany

Sybille Hinze graduated in ‘Management of Science’ from Humboldt-University, Berlin and got her PhD from Leiden University, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), the Netherlands in 1997. While pursuing her PhD at Leiden University she worked as a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. From 1997-1999 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Evaluation and Policy Project, Australian National University, Canberra. Afterwards she held a senior researcher position at Fraunhofer ISI, where she was also deputy head of the competence centre “Policy and Regions”. From March 2005 to August 2006 she was seconded to the European Commission, DG Research, Unit Programming, Monitoring, and Evaluation. From August 2008 to December 2015 she was deputy director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality (iFQ) Assurance. With the merger between iFQ and the German Center for Higher Education Research and Science studies (DZHW) in 2016 she became deputy director of the DZHW’s Department 2 “Research System and Science Dynamics”. From November 2014 till July 2020 she was the elected chair of the German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics and in July 2020 Sybille was appointed as head of the newly founded Center for Open and Responsible Science at the Berlin University Alliance.
Sybille Hinze is a member of the steering committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics. Until December 2022 she was the European Editor of the Journal “Science and Public and has since been a member of its editorial board. Since September 2013 she is secretary of the European Network of Inidcator Designers.


Dr. Stephan Gauch
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Stephan Gauch is the current head of the research group “Reflexive Metrics” at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin that aims to develop the notion of “reflexive bibliometrics” by integrating semiotics, sociology of science and practices of bibliometric research. Stephan Gauch studied social sciences with a focus on quantitative sociology at University of Mannheim and received a diploma degree for his work on the relationship of the digital divide and social inequality.
He received his PhD in economics from Technical University Berlin on the interlinkage between research and standardization in the domain information and communication technologies which was awarded the “Sonderpreis Wissenschaft 2012” by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). In the past he has been affiliated to several research organizations such as two Fraunhofer Institutes (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems- and Innovation Research, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems), the chair of innovation economics at Technical University Berlin, the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In the past his research focus has been the relationship between research and standardization and the development of evaluative and explorative methods in the domain of innovation and research.
He has been involved in pioneering new sources of data for indicator construction such as the use of trademarks as innovation indicator in services or standards as indicators for diffusion and coordination of innovation. Over time his interests shifted towards performative and reflexive effects of quantification specifically in the field of bibliometrics which he addresses by integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in his research. He has a strong footing in statistical programming with over 10 years of experience in the statistical programming language R.
For the last years he has been teaching introductory and advanced bibliometric classes at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin to students with a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is among the founding and council members of the Robert K. Merton Centre for Science Studies situated in Berlin.

Dr. Stephan Stahlschmidt
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany 

Stephan Stahlschmidt currently works as the “Assessment and Indicators” group leader at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW, Berlin), where he also serves as the project lead of the German Competence Network for Bibliometrics administrative office. He received his PhD in Statistics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and hold researcher positions at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Heidelberg University and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes. His research interests focus especially on digital infrastructures and their applications in bibliometrics.

Dr. Eric Anton Heuser
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany 

Eric Anton Heuser is trained in Social Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology and International Management. He studied at the University of Melbourne, the University of London (SOAS) and received his doctorate in Sociology from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. As lecturer and researcher he worked at the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB), the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, the Institute for Anthropology at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California in Santa Barbara. From 2018-2020 he was visiting professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Hamburg University. His research interests include Transnational Networks, Psychological Anthropology, Diversity and Management.
Eric has also managed various international projects in the areas of market research as well as human resources and organizational development on the topics of transformation, global mind set, anti-racism, diversity and health.
Since May 2022 he is office manager of the Competence Network for Bibliometrics together with Dr. Stephan Stahlschmidt.

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Robinson-Garcia
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia is a researcher in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation. He works at the Information and Media department at the University of Granada. He previously worked at Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, TU Delft (Netherlands), the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology and at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) in Spain. He holds a PhD on Social Sciences at the University of Granada. He collaborates with EC3metrics SL as an external independent consultant. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation, including in elite journals like Nature, Science or Plos One.

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Prof. Dr. Daniel Torres-Salinas
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Daniel Torres-Salinas holds a PhD in scientific documentation. He currently works as bibliometrician at the Research Evaluation Unit (University of Granada). He is researcher in EC3 Research Group (Evaluación de la Ciencia y de la Comunicación Científica) about bibliometric topics. Also he is CEO of the EC3metrics spin-off and coordinator of the Digital Science Section in Medialab UGR. He is co-author of evaluation tools such as Científicacvn, Rankings I-UGR de Universidades, Clasificación CIRC, Bipublishers o UGRinvestiga. He have published more than 60 scientific publications in journals indexed in the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics). He teaches courses on scholarly communication, altmetrics, scientific career, etc… He is teacher in the European Summer School for Scientometrics (ESSS) and in the Master in Science Communication at the University of Granada.

Dr. Wenceslao Arroyo-Machado
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Wenceslao Arroyo-Machado, holding a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University, is a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Granada (UGR). His interdisciplinary education combines sciencemetrics and data science, focusing on the analysis of science and its interactions with society. Wenceslao Arroyo-Machado has an emerging research career with over 20 international publications in scientometrics. He also holds the position of COO at EC3metrics, a spin-off from the University of Granada, where he applies bibliometrics in a practical context for the drafting of bibliometric reports and evaluation tasks. This synergy has enabled him to integrate novel techniques into bibliometric reports and develop practical research methodologies, showcasing his involvement with scientometrics across academic, teaching, and practical domains.

Prof. Dr. Cinzia Daraio
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Cinzia Daraio is a Full Professor at the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering „A. Ruberti“ (DIAG) of Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. She is specialized in science and technology indicators, data quality and data integration, higher education microdata, methodological and empirical studies in productivity and efficiency analysis. Over the years, she participated in several international and national research projects and expert groups at the European Commission and OECD on these subjects. She is member of the Editorial Board of Scientometrics, Journal of Informetrics, Journal of Data and Information Science, Quantitative Science Studies, Journal of Productivity Analysis, International Transactions in Operational Research and others. She edited in 2020, with Wolfgang Glänzel, the Springer book on “Evaluative informetrics – the art of metrics-based research assessment, Festschrift in honour of Henk F. Moed”.

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Avenali
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Alessandro Avenali, Ph.D. in Operations Research, is a Full Professor at the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering „A. Ruberti“ (DIAG) of Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His teaching and research interests are in Industrial Organization, Economics and Regulation of Telecommunications and Transport, Mechanism Design, Network Design, Combinatorial Auctions. Recently, he investigated the importance of accounting systems for data quality and the role and robustness of rankings of higher education institutions. He has worked in several Italian and European research projects, with grants from firms and institutions.

Dr. Juan Gorraiz
Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

Juan Gorraiz studied physics at the University of Madrid and at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his Doctor’s degree. He is the founder and former head of the Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies Department of the Library and Archive Services, University of Vienna, which is specialized on supporting both researchers and decision-makers in research administration.  He has been engaged in bibliometric analyses and studies since 2001. Moreover, he has been teaching information retrieval and bibliometrics at the university course „Library and Information Studies“ since 1992.  Apart from his ongoing commitment to the esss he rendered outstanding services to the scientometric community as an organizer and programme chair of the „10th International Conference on Science & Technical Indicators“ 2008 in Vienna as well as an organizer of the „14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference“ 2013 in Vienna.

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Mag. Lothar Hölbling
Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

Lothar Hölbling studied history and numismatics at the University of Vienna and trained as a library and information expert at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. Over the past 30 years he has worked in various positions as historian, archivist, librarian and data analyst in the private sector (Vienna; Hong Kong) and in the public sector (University of Vienna; Museum of Military History Vienna; New York University, New York). From 2016 to 2022 Lothar was employed as data analyst and project coordinator in the Austrian Open Access-Projects AT2OA and AT2OA² (Austrian Transition to Open Access). Since October 2022 Lothar is Deputy Head of the Department for Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies at the University of Vienna.

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Martin Wieland
Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

Martin Wieland studied at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology  (University of Vienna) and specialised in Mongolian- and Gender Studies. He’s founder and head of a medical publishing company. Since 2008 he is also working at the Bibliometrics & Publications Strategies Department, University of Vienna and has been involved in the set-up and developement of the esss from the start. Since 2015 he is the head of the esss office.

Distinguished esss advisors

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel, founding member of the esss, studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, he received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Development (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel served as Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ) from 2005 to 2015. He was appointed Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) in 2005. Since 2016, he is head of the research area “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is a member of the advisory board of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), and member of the advisory board for the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), Oslo. His research interests lie in the field of science studies, bibliometrics, and elite sociology.

Dr. Christian Gumpenberger, Msc
Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

Christian Gumpenberger has a Doctor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the Danube University Krems. He was Head of the Department of Public Services and Reference Librarians at the University Library of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Head of the Novartis Knowledge Center Vienna as well as Global Project Manager for the Novartis Institutional Repository Project & Open Access Champion at Novartis, and also ran his own information consultancy business focussing on project management in the field of new trends in scholarly communication, especially Open Access. He is currently the head of the Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies Department of the Library and Archive Services, University of Vienna.

Ursula Ulrych
Austrian Transition to Open Access Two (AT2OA²), University of Vienna, Austria

Ursula Ulrych studied Microbiology and successfully finished the postgraduate programme Library and Information Studies, both at the University of Vienna. After gaining expertise in international collaboration and project management at a biotech company, she was part of the Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies Department at the University of Vienna from 2015 to 2022. The administrative management of the European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss) as well as active contribution to this annual event was one of her primary tasks. From 2020 to 2022 she additionally held the position of deputy head of the department. She is currently pursuing an MBA and is coordinator of the project Austrian Transition to Open access Two (AT2OA²), an initiative that contributes to the transformation from closed to open access in scientific communication and promotes the implementation of supporting measures.

The European Summer School for Scientometrics will promote best practices in the application of the results of quantitative studies of science and technology. For the future of our field high quality education and training is of crucial importance.
I am convinced that the esss will contribute successfully to this mission.

— Prof. Ton van Raan, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Leiden University

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