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Open Science

Open Science Advisory Committee

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will be prepared through a regionally balanced, inclusive and transparent consultation process. An Open Science Advisory Committee is established by the Director-General of UNESCO to guide the consultative process leading to the Recommendation by:

  • providing expert and strategic advice;
  • ensuring delivery of the process milestones;
  • providing support with fundraising.

Four representatives of Member States from each the UNESCO electoral groups and six representatives of key scientific bodies and institutions dealing with open science, are selected by taking into account geographical and gender balance as well as expertise and competence in the field of open science.



Members of the Open Science Advisory Committee

Chair: Fernanda Beigel (Argentina)
Vice-Chair: Simon Hodson (United Kingdom)
Rapporteurs: Samia Charfi Kaddour (Tunisia), Vivian Etsiapa Boama (Ghana)

Representatives of Member States

Group I (Western European and North American States)

  • Mr Vincent Larivière
    Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Montreal, Canada
  • Ms Sarah de Rijcke
    Scientific Director, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands.
  • Ms Hanne Monclair
    Policy Director, Department for Higher Education, Research and International Affairs, Ministry of Education and Research, Oslo, Norway
  • Mr Delfim F. Leão
    Vice-rector for Culture and Open Science, Coimbra University, Portugal


Group II (Eastern European States)

  • Ms Ausra Gribauskiene
  • Chief Officer, Division of Science, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Mr Jakub Szprot
    Head of the Open Science Platform, Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Mr Stanislav Stanislavovich Davydenko
    Deputy Head of Department, Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
  • Ms Aleksandra Barac
    MD, Scientific Associate, Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia


Group III (Latin-American and Caribbean States)

  • Ms Fernanda Beigel, Chair of the Committee
    Researcher at CONICET and professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, National University of Cuyo, Mendoza-Argentina
  • Mr Luiz Fernando Fauth
    Advisor to the Executive Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), Brazil
  • Mr Gregory Randall
    Professor, Institute of the Electronic Engineering, University of Republic, Uruguay
  • Ms Griser Romero Hiller
    President of the National Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation, Venezuela


Group IV (Asian and Pacific States)

  • Mr Juncai Ma
    Director, Institute of Microbiology and the Information Centre, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Mr Kazuhiro Hayashi
    Senior research fellow, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan
  • Ms Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
  • Ms Eun Jung Shin
    Head of the Office of Institutional Innovation Research, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Republic of Korea


Group V.a (African States)

  • Ms Vivian Etsiapa Boama, Rapporteur of the Committee
    Senior lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana
  • Ms. Jane Mubanga Chinkusu
    Director of Science and Technology, Ministry of Higher Education, Zambia
  • Mr Philemon Mphathi Mjwara
    Director-General of the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa
  • Ms Annette Ouattara
    Head of Capacity Building and Partnership at Strategic Support Program for Scientific Research (PASRES), Côte d'Ivoire


Group V.b (Arab States)

  • Mr Essam Khamis Ibrahim Al-Hanash
    Advisor to President of Alexandria University for International Ranking and Scientific Research, Egypt
  • Mr Mouïn Hamzé
    Secretary General, National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon
  • Mr Ahmed Ali Abdalla Murad
    Acting Associate Provost for Research, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), United Arab Emirates
  • Ms Samia Charfi Kaddour, Rapporteur of the Committee
    Director-General, Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia


International Experts

  • Mr Simon Hodson, Co-Chair of the Committee (UK)
    Executive Director of CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology)
  • Ms Iryna Kuchma (Ukraine)
    Open Access Programme Manager, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
  • Ms Carolina Botero (Colombia)
    Director of the Karisma Foundation
  • Ms. Joji Carino (The Philippines)
    Senior Policy Advisor, Forest Peoples Programme
  • Mr Henri Edouard Zefack Tonnang (Kenya)
    Researcher, Member of the Open Science Working Group, Global Young Academy
  • Ms Faiza Al-Kharafi (Kuwait)
    L’Oréal UNESCO FWIS 2011 Laureate, Board member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)