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Conference speakers

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Professor Anthony John Grenville Hey CBE FREng FIET FInstP FBCS  -  STFC Chief Data Scientist and PV2018 Conference Chair:

Tony Hey led the UK's e-Science Programme from March 2001 to June 2005. He was appointed corporate vice-president of technical computing at Microsoft on 27 June 2005. Later he became corporate vice-president of external research, and in 2011 corporate vice-president of Microsoft Research Connections until his departure in 2014  Since 2015, he is a Senior Data Science Fellow at the University of Washington eScience Institute. Hey is the editor of the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. Among other scientific advisory boards in Europe and the United States, he is a member of the Global Grid Forum (GGF) Advisory Committee.

Esther Conway – Senior Earth Observation Data Scientist Centre for Environmental Data Analysis and Head of PV2018 Programme Committee

Esther joined CEDA in 2011 as an Earth Observation Data Scientist focusing on  the provision of data services and support to international data intensive projects.   She also spent 4 years providing programmatic support to  the ESA LTDP initiative in addition to data curation and management activities at CEDA.  Before transferring to CEDA she worked as an Analyst within STFC (06 -11) working on UK and European research projects aimed at strengthening the long-term reuse and exploitation of scientific data:  The particular focus of her research was the development of process/information models and methods which support the creation and exploitation of scientific research assets.  She also has over 9 years experience as an independent expert evaluator for EC Space FP7 and H2020 projects

Dr Chris Mutlow - Director, STFC RAL Space:

Chris is the Director of RAL Space, prior to his appointment, Chris was Head of Earth Observation and Atmospheric Science Division. In his 30 years at RAL he has led and been involved in a great many international projects. These include the Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer which takes the most precise measurements of global sea surface temperature to aid climate research; and a number of space instruments, developed to measure greenhouse gases, atmospheric pollutants and data on the destruction and recovery of the ozone layer. Most recently he led the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer for ESA’s Sentinel 3 mission to provide ocean, land and atmospheric data

Beth Greenaway - Head of Earth Observations and Climate, UK Space Agency:

Beth Greenaway currently leads the UK Space Agency work to develop public sector uptake of Earth Observation Services. Her work is focused on building strong relationships with public sector partners, with service providers from industry and elsewhere.  Beth joined the UK’s Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs in 2001 to manage the Flood Risk Management Research Programme. She then led the production of the UK Governments first assessment of the ‘State of the Seas, Charting Progress’ and in 2005 launched two major public sector partnerships: The Marine Climate Impact Partnership (MCCIP) and the Marine Data and Information Partnership (MDIP now MEDIN) to initiate change, address long standing issues with data stewardship and transfer knowledge to policy.

Stuart Martin – CEO and Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult:

Stuart Martin joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent. He also sits on the UK Space Leadership Council, the top-level cross-industry, academia and government stakeholder group responsible for overseeing and implementing the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.

Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position,  and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.

Michael Gleaves – Deputy Director, Hartree Centre (STFC):

Michael joined the Hartree Centre at its creation in 2013 as a business development manager. Prior to working for the Hartree Centre, Michael was project lead for data and metadata capture systems for STFC’s large facilities and held positions in areas of research, development and sales at Unilever and Dionex. As Deputy Director Michael’s role is to lead the commercial strategy of the Centre overseeing the work of the business development and impact and engagement teams to continue building on the industrial engagement to deliver Hartree's mission to transform UK competitiveness.

Sue O'Hare - Operations Manager, ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Harwell:

Sue O’Hare is responsible for all aspects of operational management of the ESA BIC Harwell, from the recruitment of incubatee companies to the provision of day-to-day technical and business support to incubatees.

ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) has initiated its Business Incubation Centres (BICs) to work with and inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial start-ups companies. At the centres the entrepreneurs are supported with technical expertise and business-development support.

At the end of 2017, 18 ESA BICs in 15 European countries support yearly 140 start-ups. More than 500 new start-ups have been fostered creating thousands of new jobs and boosted regional economies. Several more ESA BICs are under preparation.

Mirko Albani – ESA Heritage Missions Programme Manager:

Mirko Albani is programme manager for Heritage Mission at ESA and also chairs the LTDP working group. In 2006, the European Space Agency (ESA) initiated a coordination action to share among all the European (and Canadian) stakeholders a common approach to the long term preservation of Earth Observation space data. During 2007, the Agency started consultations with its Member States presenting an EO Long Term Data Preservation strategy targeting the preservation of all European (including Canada) EO space data for an unlimited time-span ensuring and facilitating their accessibility and usability through the implementation of a cooperative and harmonized collective approach among the EO space data owners.

Mirko is also chair of the CEOS WGISS WG. WGISS creates and demonstrates prototypes supporting CEOS and Group on Earth Observation (GEO) requirements. WGISS also addresses the internal management of EO data, the creation of information systems and the delivery of interoperable services. The activities and expertise of WGISS span the full range of the information life cycle from the requirements and metadata definition for the initial ingestion of satellite data into archives through to the incorporation of derived information into end-user applications.

Rosemarie Leone – ESA ESRIN:

Rosemarie Leone has a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, she was employed at the Italian Space Agency for more than 10 years, responsible for ASI Information Technology Program supporting the research and development of ICT Technologies and infrastructures for ASI national space program. Since 2001 she is employed at ESA, Earth Observation Directorate, acting  as Operations Manager for various EO ESA and third parties Missions, managing EO Thematic Exploitation Platform projects and Long Term Data Preservation Program initiatives, since 2014 she is working for ESA IT Department in charge for the  development of new ICT technologies, services  and standards for space data and information assets preservation and stewardship, in compliance to Open Data policies and FAIR principles.

Juan Bicarregui - Head of the Data Services division, Scientific Computing Department at STFC:

Juan Bicarregui is Head of the Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC. Juan’s division has responsibility for research and development of the data systems that handle much of the huge volume of scientific data that is produced by the STFC research facilities. Juan has played a key role in formulating UK policy on opening up access to research outputs and chaired the cross Research Council group which published the RCUK Joint Principles on Data and associated Guidelines. Juan was a member of the steering group that set up the Research Data Alliance and co-chaired the RDA Organisational Advisory Board. Currently, Juan is coordinator of the H2020 EOSCpilot project that is supporting the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud.

Prof. John Remedios - Director NCEO:

John is  the Head of the Earth Observation Science group at The University of Leicester and the Director of the National Centre for Earth Observation (from 1 October 2014). He is a visiting Fellow of the Department of Physics in Oxford (Sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics) and  Chair of the UK Space Agency Earth Observation Advisory Committee, Chair of the Defra UK Copernicus Atmosphere Networking Group and a member of the NERC Pool of Chairs.

John also plays major roles to several satellite missions including Science Manager and Leader of the Principal Investigator team for the ATSRs as well as participating in the ATSR Quality Working Group. He is  a member of the MIPAS Quality Working Group and am a member of the GERB International Science Team. Other missions that I lead with my team work on include instruments on Metop such as IASI and AVHRR.

Hugh Mortimer - research scientist at STFC RAL Space:

Hugh Mortimer started his research career at the National Physical Laboratory in the Optical and Environmental Metrology group where he worked for four years on various different and exciting projects, including the development of an infrared spectroscopy calibration facility based on Fourier Transform spectrometry. It was following this that Mortimer realised he wanted to pursue a career in science and so returned, in 2004, to study for a doctorate at Oxford University. The work in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics group at Oxford was in the development of a miniaturised Fourier Transform spectrometer for space based remote sensing of planetary atmospheres. It was this work that fuelled his enthusiasm for space research he’s now working as a research scientist in the Space Science and Technology Department, at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Dr Hugh Mortimer currently directs his own research into the development of a novel spectrometer for the analysis of atmospheric gases, but is also involved in various other international projects including the calibration climate change monitoring instrument; the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) based on the satellite Sentinel 3 and the Sea Surface Temperature monitoring instrument, SISTeR which is being operated from the Cunard’s, Queen Mary 2.

Carlo Buontempo - Copernicus Department, C3S Section ECMWF:

Carlo Buontempo coordinates the activities of a number of international contracts working on the interface between climate science and decision making in sectors ranging from energy to city planning. Carlo completed a PhD in physics at University of L'Aquila in 2004 then he moved to Canada for his post-doc before joining the Met Office.

Carlo worked at the Hadley Centre for almost a decade were he led the climate adaptation team and more recently the climate service development team. In this role he led numerous projects involving climate change adaptation and regional modelling in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. In 2012 Carlo became the scientific coordinator of EUPORIAS, and project funded by the European Commission through the 7th framework programme.

Rachel Bruce - Director open science and research lifecycle, JISC:

Rachel Bruce leads JISC research activities in the area of open science and the creation and management of research across the whole research lifecycle. She works with colleagues across Jisc to set the direction and to help take the many relevant activities (eg open access or open metrics) JISC has in the area of open science and research management to the next stage to ensure we more effectively support UK research and also continue to have fit-for-purpose research infrastructure. By working together with research sector leaders and representatives, including research funders, JISC can ensure policy, practice and digital provision is aligned. I also lead the development of our research strategy, which crosses the whole range of research support we undertake. She believes its is essential to work with colleagues who provide the network, security or content and applications so we can respond to the needs of the research and university sector and prioritise what JISC should deliver for research in the coming years. Another part of her role includes work on international projects, including the European Open Science Cloud, and international partnership, for example the Knowledge Exchange partnership - where JISC works with similar organisations in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands to advance open scholarship.

Sarah Callaghan Programme Manager Centre for Environment Data Analysis, Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal:

Dr. Sarah Callaghan, CEDA Senior Researcher and Programme Manager, was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal The Data Science Journal is dedicated to the advancement of data science and its application in policies, practices and management as Open Data to ensure that data are used in the most effective and efficient way in promoting knowledge and learning. The scope of this peer-reviewed, open-access, electronic journal includes descriptions of data systems, their implementations and their publication, applications, infrastructures, software, legal, reproducibility and transparency issues, the availability and usability of complex datasets, and with a particular focus on the principles, policies and practices for data.

The Data Science Journal publishes a variety of article types (research articles, practice papers, review articles and essays).  The Data Science Journal also publishes data articles, describing datasets or data compilations, if the potential for reuse of the data is significant or if considerable efforts were required in compilation.

More information about the Data Science Journal can be found at: