Sahar Abuelbashar
Research Intelligence Customer Consultant, Elsevier

Sahar Abuelbashar is a Research Intelligence Customer Consultant, supporting customers in the UK South on the responsible use of Elsevier’s solutions. Prior to this, Sahar has spent over four years at the University of Sussex’s Research and Enterprise office, as the Research Metrics Analyst. She supported the University by producing reports and advising on the responsible use of bibliometrics and altmetrics indicators for research evaluation. She was successful in rolling out and promoting Research Intelligence tools such as SciVal, to support the University’s research strategy. Between 2016 to 2018, Sahar was a member of the JISC Lis-Bibliometrics Committee. She is a graduate of the European Summer School for Scientometrics (2016), and in 2019, she collaborated in a small research study looking at the impact of the Africa’s Scholarly Ecosystem.

Jeff Clovis
Senior Director of Customer Education, Clarivate

Jeff Clovis has been working in the field of Information Sciences and Technology for the past forty years at Clarivate. He is an expert in editorial content and Clarivate academic & government resources, and was responsible for the development and design of the Web of Science Core Collection, Derwent Innovations Index, BIOSIS resources, CAB Abstracts and Inspec, all on the Web of Science platform. He currently focuses on Research Analytics solutions and management systems, Data Analytics and the use of Clarivate data in international markets, including our core content and metrics.

Cinzia Daraio
Sapienza University, Italy

Cinzia Daraio is full professor at the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering „A. Ruberti“ of Sapienza University of Rome, 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 Data and Information Science, Quantitative Science Studies, Journal of Productivity Analysis, International Transactions in Operational Research, Scholarly Metrics and Analytics and others.
She authored more than 200 publications including a monograph an edited book, many articles in international peer-reviewed journals, several chapters and papers presented at conferences and in proceedings. She recently authored two chapters in the prestigious Springer Handbook of Science and Technology Indicators, and 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”.

Nicola De Bellis
Bibliometric Office (CSBA) – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Graduated in philosophy at the University of Bari, Italy, De Bellis obtained a PhD in history of science in 1998 with a doctoral dissertation on Renaissance natural history. Seven years later, that job provided the background for an Italian prize-winning manuscript on the role of bibliographic citations in the scientific communication system. Having joined a medical library in 2002, he has been working since then on the boundary line between information science, history and philosophy of science. He is currently contract professor of information science for the Department of Education and Humanities and runs a full time bibliometric office supporting research evaluation activities at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Rodrigo Costas
CWTS – Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Rodrigo Costas is an experienced researcher in the field of information science and bibliometrics. With a PhD in Library and Information Science obtained at the CSIC in Spain, Rodrigo has been working at CWTS (Leiden University, the Netherlands) since 2009. His lines of research cover a broad scope of topics, including the development of new bibliometric tools and indicators as well as tools for the study of research activities based on quantitative data, having a particular focus on the analysis of individual scholars through bibliometric methodologies. Rodrigo has recently started some novel research lines at CWTS including the study of ‘altmetrics’ and the possibilities of funding acknowledgments in order to expand the analytical possibilities of scientometrics. At CWTS Rodrigo also coordinates several projects for different scientific organizations worldwide.

Henk F. Moed
Independent researcher and scientific advisor

Between 1981 and 2010 Henk F. Moed was a senior staff member at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. During 2010-2014 he was a senior scientific advisor with Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Science Studies at the University of Leiden in 1989. He has been active in numerous research topics, including the development of  bibliometric databases and indicators for the assessment of research performance and scholarly journals; the effects of ‘Open Access’ upon research impact; ‘usage’ (downloading) behaviour; development of a new journal impact measure (SNIP); bibliometric studies of international scientific migration and collaboration; comparisons of Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar; multi-dimensional assessment of research impact; the potential of altmetrics; and ontology-based bibliometric data management. He published over 100 research articles in international, peer reviewed journals, and is editorial board member of several journals in his field. He is a winner of the Derek de Solla Price Award in 1999. Jointly with W. Glanzel and U. Schmoch, he edited in 2004 the Handbook on Quantitative Science and Technology Research (Kluwer, 800 pp), and published in 2005 a monograph, Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation (Springer, 346 pp.), which is one of the very few textbooks in the field, and in 2017 a second monograph, Applied Evaluative Informetrics (Springer, 312 pp.) He is currently an independent scientific advisor, and visiting professor at the Sapienza University of Rome and University of Granada.

Torger Möller
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany

Torger Möller is one of the acting heads of the research area “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW, Berlin). He received his PhD in Sociology at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Bielefeld and worked at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the Free University Berlin. Since 2011 Torger Möller is a lead researcher in various research projects at the DZHW. His research interests are research evaluation, bibliometrics, governance, research funding and peer review.

Isabella Peters
Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft (ZBW), Germany

Isabella Peters is Professor of Web Science at ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and head of the Web Science research group at Kiel University. She received her PhD in Information Science at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her research focusses on user-generated content and its potential for scholarly communication on the social web, e.g. altmetrics. Professor Peters is active in the Association for Information Science and Technology (in particular European Chapter and SIGMetrics) and in the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. She was member of the European Expert Group on Altmetrics and she co-chaired the LIBER Working Group on Metrics.

Bart Thijs
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM), KU Leuven, Belgium

Bart Thijs is a research expert in bibliometrics at the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) at KU Leuven. His main research focusses on mapping of science through the application of network analysis techniques.  In 1999 he graduated at the same university in Psychology with a specialization in Statistics. He spent several years in industry as a statistical consultant, there he gained experience in the application of automated data analysis. In 2002 he joined the newly created policy research centre on R&D statistics at the KU Leuven. In 2010 he received his PhD from the Leiden University. He co-authored more than 60 journal and conference contributions on a broad range of topics in scientometrics. Along his research he also teaches a course on large scale network analysis at the Master of Artificial Intelligence program at KU Leuven.

Jürgen Wastl
Director Academic Relations and Consultancy, Digital Science

Jürgen Wastl leads the Digital Science Consultancy, supporting research institutions, funders, governments and other institutions with research capabilities to make better use of data to inform their strategies and decisions. He also currently works on improvements in research classifications, most notably UoA (UK REF) and UN SDG (Sustainable Development goals). Since October 2019 he is also Associate Director at the Research on Research Institute (RoRI).
Before joining Digital Science, he headed the research information team in the Research Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge where he deputised for the PVC Research in national and international committees in all matters Research evaluation, assessment and interoperability. In his role as Deputy REF Manager he has been responsible for the development and advancement of tools and applications to meet a diverse set of research information needs. He supported the University’s extensive Strategic Research Review process with analyses and reports.

As president of the ISSI (International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics) I highly welcome the esss initiative. The advantages and opportunities arising from collaboration and participation by members of several leading European institutes are manifold. Surely, students and workers in the field will benefit greatly, not only from the contents of the courses themselves but also by participating in a network of interested parties.
I wish all involved a successful partnership.

— Prof. Ronald Rousseau, President of ISSI KHBO (Assocation K.U.Leuven), Industrial Sciences & Technology

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