Delft University of Technology

Alastair Dunning is the Head of 4TU.ResearchData (a data repository for all researchers in science, engineering and design). He is also Head of Research Data Services at Delft University of Technology where he initiated the groundbreaking Data Stewardship project aimed at placing data experts in each faculty of the TU Delft Campus university.

As well as having created the university policy framework for research data (, Mr. Dunning helped instigate the group Explore Research Data Management in Engineering. He also contributes to the university’s Vision on Integrity. Within the Netherlands, he has had input into the National Platform on Open Science, written on FAIR principles (, and is part of the National Coordination Point for Research Data Management.

Previous engagements include work on the cultural heritage platform Europeana, and the UK educational charity Jisc. His broader professional concerns are the challenges to interoperability, poor usability, and sustainability.