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Steering Committee

CHAIR: Daniel S. Katz, Chief Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois, USA

Juan Bicarregui, Head of the Data Division, Scientific Computing Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK

Joris van Eijnatten, General Director, Netherlands eScience Center, Netherlands

Neil Chue Hong, Director - Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mark Leggott, Executive Director of Research Data Canada

Eva Mendez, Associate Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Chris Mentzel, Executive Director, Data Sciences, Stanford Data Science Initiative, Stanford University, USA

Andrew Treloar, Director, Platforms and Software, Australian Research Data Commons, Australia

Lou Woodley, Director, Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement, UK


Previous Steering Committee members:


Tania Allard, Co-Director, Quansight, UK (2021)

Serah Njambi Rono, Director of Community Development and Engagement, The Carpentries, Estonia (2021)

Karthik Ram, Senior Research Data Scientist at University of California, Berkeley, USA (2019-2021)

Catherine Jones, Energy Data Centre Lead, Science and Technologies Facilities Council, UK (2019-2020)

Scott Henwood, Senior Director, Programs, CANARIE, Canada (2019)

Dr Michelle Barker

Dr Michelle Barker

Lives in Australia

Dr Michelle Barker has extensive expertise in open science, research software, digital workforce capability and digital research infrastructure. As a sociologist, Michelle is passionate about building collaborative partnerships to achieve system change.

She is Co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Organisational Advisory Board, recently chaired the OECD Expert Group on digital skills for the research sector, was a member of the OECD Expert Group on Socioeconomic Impact of Research Infrastructures, and is a former Advisory Committee Member of the US Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI).

Michelle is a former Director of the Australian Research Data Commons, where she led the strategic planning for the Australian government’s $180 million, five-year investment in ARDC, the national research software infrastructure investment program, and developed a national strategy to enhance digital workforce capacity in the research sector. She has also has convened conferences including the IEEE International Conference on e-Science Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE), and the International Workshop on Science Gateways.

Email Michelle Barker.

Paula Andrea Martinez

Paula Andrea Martinez

Community Manager
Lives in Brisbane, Australia

Paula joined the Research Software Alliance in January 2021 to support the growing community of ReSA and the FAIR4RS working group. Her activities reflect current emphasis on project management and program development as the community starts to mature. Her part-time role with ReSA is funded by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

She is also a co-chair of the FAIR4RS working group and the Vice Chair of the Carpentries Executive Council where she is developing strategy and implementation plans to ensure the sustainability and growth of these two endeavours. Her extensive community work with The Carpentries, RLadies Brisbane and rOpenSci, also demonstrates her ability to triage and prioritise tasks to achieve both personal and professional goals. Paula has experience working across a broad program of activities and supporting different domains from bioinformatics to social networking. She is used to working with remote and distributed teams and facilitating collaborations internationally.