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European Open Science Cloud leader re-elected

Image: TU Delft

Karel Luyben to continue at helm of EU-backed platform for sharing and analysing research data

The association that runs the European Open Science Cloud—an in-development EU-backed online platform for sharing and analysing research data—has re-elected its president for a second term.

Karel Luyben (pictured) is currently serving as president of the EOSC Association for 2020-22; following his re-election on 28 November, he will take up the role again from 2023-25. He and two association board directors who were also re-elected ran unopposed.

According to the association, Luyben told its general assembly before the vote that the association had “come a long way” since its creation at the start of 2021, but that “we are actually just getting started”.

In a strategic R&I agenda published in 2021, the association said it is aiming for a basic version of the platform, called the Minimum Viable EOSC, to be operational by 2023.

“The key challenge now as we move into the next phase will be to boost the rollout and expansion of a ‘Minimum Viable EOSC’ which is bringing value to users, such as researchers, beyond their current use of infrastructure and services, thus helping to fully bring EOSC to life,” said Luyben.

The EOSC is a ‘co-programmed European partnership’ supported by the EU’s research and innovation funding programme. It is set to receive almost €500 million in EU funding, with a matching in-kind contribution from the more than 200 members of the association.