The FAIRsFAIR High-Level Advisory Committee (HLAC) is a nominated and independent group of international experts who assists the governance bodies of FAIRsFAIR (General Assembly, Executive Committee and Project Coordination Office), by delivering strategic advice on FAIRsFAIR development, namely on strategic political issues in the sphere of research data and how the project should proceed.

Each member of the HLAC have a proven track record from a research, industrial, funding, standardisation and/or publishing point of view and join not only major conferences and workshops, but also calls organised by FAIRsFAIR. The HLAC has the important role to ensure that FAIRsFAIR has a relevant role in FAIR data landscape.

The HLAC already entered into force and will be providing strategic support overall the entire duration of the FAIRsFAIR initiative, until February 2022.

Who are the HLAC members?


Jaana Bäck

Affiliation: University of Helsinki
Country: Finland

Jaana Bäck, University of Helsinki (UHEL), Institute for Atmosphere and Earth System Research INAR. Prof. Jaana Bäck’s field is forest-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks. She has contributed to the conceptual understanding on how biosphere eco-physiological processes, e.g. biogeochemical cycles, trace gas exchange and soil processes, are affected by environmental factors. In particular, she is interested in how ecosystems act as carbon sinks and contribute to atmospheric aerosol formation and this way slow down the climate change especially in arctic and boreal regions. She has been involved in Arctic research for 30 years, and has studied e.g. the effects of atmospheric pollutants on forests in Lapland.

Patricia Clarke

Affiliation: Health Research Board (HRB)
Country: Ireland {Republic}

Dr Patricia Clarke is the Programme Manager for Policy and for EU Funding at the Health Research Board Ireland and National Delegate for EU Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing. Patricia has a particular interest in open research. She is responsible for HRB Open Research publishing platform, co-Chair of the National Open Research Forum (with the Higher Education Authority), and a Member of the EU Commission expert group on National Points of Reference on Scientific Information.

Francoise Genova

Affiliation: Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre
Country: France

Francoise Genova has been the director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS, which provides added-value services to the international astronomical community, from 1995 to 2015. She is one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory initiative. The Virtual Observatory is a global ecosystem of standards and tools enabling seamless access to the wealth of on-line astronomical resources, including space and gound-based observatory archives, coordinated by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) at the international level.

Stan Gielen

Country: Netherlands

Stan Gielen (1952) holds a PhD in Biophysics. After several positions at Northwestern University, UCLA, University Utrecht, he was appointed as full professor in Biophysics at Radboud University Nijmegen (1988) with a chair in both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine. He served as dean of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University (2010 to 2016).

Rūta Petrauskaitė

Affiliation: Vytautas Magnus University
Country: Lithuania

Rūta Petrauskaitė is a professor at Vytautas Magnus University. Her research interests comprise a range of topics from corpus and computational linguistics to discourse analyses. She initiated and supervised compilations of the first big corpora of the Lithuanian language and corpus based research in most fields of linguistics.

Carthage Smith

Affiliation: Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

Carthage Smith joined the OECD as head of the Global Science Forum (GSF) Secretariat in June 2014. He is responsible for working with national members to define the overall strategy and priorities for the Forum.  This includes policy work on research infrastructures, Open Science, research funding mechanisms and science advisory processes.