Adriano Amaral

Adriano Amaral has been passionate about Open Data since 2010, when he started to design and prototype data products. With a MSc and Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, he founded uGov (OpenGov initiative) and (Opendata for SME). Adriano joined Derilinx in 2020 to support the Open Data Programme and the roadmap for DatAdore, Derilinx Open Data Platform. Previously he worked as Open Data Lead Manager for Public Sector in Oracle Technologies, building the Open Data and Big Data business team from scratch. He led more than 47x Data Prototypes, designed the Open Data Lab and a massive Data Lake (750TB) for Data Sharing and Open Data purpose. Adriano is an active community member of Opendata and Open Government Partnership in Brazil and collaborates with other organisations around the world such as Open Data Smart Cities. He participated actively in the Opendata Conferences in Madrid 2016, Buenos Aires 2018 and OGP Summit Georgia 2018.

Peter Branney

Dr Peter Branney is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Bradford University in the U.K. His research explores how to improve experiences of healthcare through interventions that are local, proximal and distal to patients' interactions with services. Dr Branney co-authored the UK Department for Health report, ‘The Gender & Access to Services Study’ and led the first national study of Patients’ Experiences of Penile Cancer (PEPC), which is published on the award winning Peter has conducted meta-research exploring how context and consent are negotiated in pre-registered qualitative studies and for open qualitative data, and was one of the team coordinating a special issue of the British Journal of Social Psychology dedicated to the possibilities and tensions related to open science and qualitative methods.

Dónal Browne

Dónal Browne is a management consultant with Gate One, a fast-growing consultancy that specialises in complex business transformation. Gate One is part of Havas, one of the world's leading global communications groups.

Dónal most recently acted as Programme Director for Creating Our Future, a national campaign to gather the Irish public’s ideas for what research should explore to create a better future for Ireland. In 2012, Dónal was part of a team that launched ‘Dáilwatch’, a national platform to encourage direct questions and answers between the electorate and public representatives. Dónal has a keen interest in driving purpose-led initiatives.

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Björn Brembs

Professor Björn Brembs received his PhD in biology in 2000 from University of Würzburg in Germany, under the supervision of Martin Heisenberg, did his postdoc at the University of Texas in Houston with John H. Byrne and then started his own lab in Berlin in 2004. In 2012 he became tenured professor of neurogenetics in Regensburg, Germany. He studies the neurobiology of spontaneous behavior and how feedback modifies the nervous system to bring about adaptive behavioral choice. To this end, since his undergraduate days, Björn has been generating digital data and analyzing them with his own code. Björn has been waiting for a modern digital infrastructure since about 1995. Last year, sick of the 25 year wait, he started building his own.

Chris Chambers

Chris Chambers is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Cardiff University. Together with colleagues, he co-founded initiatives such as Registered Reports (, the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines (, and the UK Reproducibility Network ( He currently serves as a Registered Reports editor at several scientific journals and platforms, including  CortexRoyal Society Open Science and the Peer Community in Registered Reports.

Aileen O’Carroll

Dr Aileen O’Carroll is the Policy Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland and manager at the Irish Qualitative Data Archive. Her work in the field of digital data is concerned with research methods, ethics & privacy and research data management. She advises researchers on best practice in managing and archiving research projects, both to ensure that ethical commitments are met and that the data gathered is of the highest standard to facilitate optimal re-use by a variety of audiences. As a sociologist she has used qualitative research in her books Working time, knowledge work and post-industrial society (2015) and the Dublin Docker (2017). She has published two research collections on the Digital Repository of Ireland; the Life History and Social Change Collection ( and the Repeal the Eight and Reproductive Rights Collection (, and advised the Growing Up in Ireland team on the protocols used to publish their qualitative data set (

Noel Carroll

Dr. Noel Carroll is the Associate Head of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) within the NUI Galway School of Business and Economics. He is also the Programme Director for the MSc. in Information Systems Management (ISM) and a Lecturer in Business Information Systems. Noel founded the Citizen Development Lab at NUI Galway ( and he is also a Funded Investigator with Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, and the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests include seeking ways to support organisations in developing transformation strategies in software development, digital innovation, and health informatics for multinationals, SMEs, and start-ups. He has edited special issues, published, chaired, and reviewed for leading international journals and conferences in his field

Ciara Egan

Dr Ciara Egan is a lecturer in Clinical Neuroscience within the School of Psychology at NUIG. Her research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience using electrophysiology and eye-tracking techniques. She is a keen proponent of Open Science, including preregistration and data/script sharing.

Sarah Jay

Dr Sarah Jay is a social psychologist at the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick (UL), in Ireland, where she teaches qualitative methods for postgraduate students. Her research is focussed on social identity processes, well-being, education, empowerment, and social justice. Her expertise is in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and her priority is applied real-world research, often among marginalised communities. Through NGO partnerships her work has explored the education needs of the Traveller community in Ireland and community empowerment and stigma reduction, among people affected by leprosy in rural Nepal. Similarly, an international research fellowship enabled her to explore worker education and activist identity change in South Africa and leadership development among self-employed women in India. 

Michiel de Jong

Michiel de Jong is the TU Delft Library’s Coordinator for Open Education, which is part of the university’s Open Science programme. Michiel has been involved in open education at the TU Delft since 2018, where he contributed to the development of the open textbook publishing project. Next to open textbook publishing, Michiel is involved in a variety of themes within open education, including collection management of OER, community building with open resources and development of support infrastructure for open education within the university. He is also part of different Dutch working groups for Open Education, including the SURF Special Interest Group Open Education and the acceleration plan workgroup “toward digital (open) educational resources”.

Chris Noone

Dr Chris Noone is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway, Ireland. His research focuses on behaviour in relation to health, particularly in the context of health within the LGBT+ community. Chris is a committee member for the European Health Psychology Society Open Science Special Interest Group and an Open Science Catalyst with the Berkley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences. He is also a research associate with Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland.

Mary-Clare O’Sullivan

Dr. Mary-Clare O’Sullivan was Secretary to the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality 2019-2021. Over a 20-year civil service career based mainly in the Department of the Taoiseach, her other roles have included head of the Economic Policy Unit and head of the International Unit. She is currently head of the Britain and Northern Ireland Unit. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College and a Masters of Economic Science (Policy Analysis) from the Institute of Public Administration.

Nicole Will

Nicole Will is head of Education Support at the TU Delft Library. She has adopted and adapted Open Education since 2009 when she started developing a set of online information literacy skills courses (from Bachelor to PhD level). Nicole’s focus is currently the adoption and implementation of Open Science and open education in particular. She is involved in the development of services, such as a copyright information point and an Open Textbooks publishing platform, to support and strengthen researchers, teachers and students in their daily practice. She worked also on the TU Delft Open Educational Resources policy (OER) to provide a solid foundation for open educational project.

Anneke Zuiderwijk

Dr. Anneke Zuiderwijk is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on open data, and more specifically, on developing theory for implementing infrastructural and institutional arrangements that promote open data sharing and reuse in specific contexts. Anneke obtained her PhD with distinction, received the international Digital Governance Junior Scholar Award (2016), serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the e-Journal of e-Democracy and Open Government, and was ranked as one of the most influential open data researchers worldwide (Hossain, Dwivedi & Rana, 2016). Anneke is also one of the co-authors of the reference book “The World of Open Data: Concepts, Methods, Tools and Experiences” (2018). She is the author of more than 50 publications and her research has been cited over 6,000 times.