Focus on Open Science

Chapter XX: Kaunas (Lithuania)


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The Challenge of Open Science

Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for Open approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. What is the role of academic libraries in supporting this transition? Is there indeed a role for libraries at all? What are the current views and agendas in various European countries? How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?


The aim of the Focus on Open Science Workshops

Started in 2015, we aim through these workshops to address the challenges posed by Open Science, using the 8 pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission in its Open Science Policy Platform.

The mission statement for the workshops is: "Promote the concept of, values and best practices in the Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to libraries."


Why are these Workshops important?

We believe that such Workshops offer a practitioner experience, grounded in the principles of Open Science, and opportunities for networking at the local level. The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.


Steering Committee

Our team is happy to announce a Steering Committee that will help us select the annual topics, the invited speakers and advise on best practices for delivering successful events.

The members of Open Science Workshops Steering Committee are:

- Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities).

Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, UK.

- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).

- Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library.

- Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona

- Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services

- Dr Gintare Tautkeviciene, Director of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Library

- Dr Ieva Ceseviciute, Head of Research Information Services, KTU Library

Additionally, our local partners will be able to delegate a member to join our Steering Committee with reference to the respective event that will take place in their country.


The language of the Workshop will be English.

We look forward to seeing you in October, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN:  29th October 2019

WHERE: Santaka Valley, Kaunas University of Technology, K. Baršausko g. 59, Kaunas 51423, Lithuania


 This one-day workshop will address the following critical topics:

1. Research Indicators and Next-Generation Metrics

2. European Open Science Cloud

3. Skills and Education


Confirmed speakers 

  • Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Barend Mons, GO FAIR
  • Prof. Valdemaras Razumas
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services
  • Dr. Jelena Angelis 
  • Dr. Leonas Balaševičius, Kaunas University of Technology 
  • Dr. Katarzyna Gaca-Zając, Elsevier 
  • Professor Dr Vilma Petrikaitė, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences  
  • Dr. Eugenijus Stumbrys, Research Council of Lithuania
  • Dr Marta Teperek 

AGENDA - to be announced


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About the Speakers

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK


Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997. 

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies. In 2019, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.







Prof. Dr. Barend Mons, GO FAIR


Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training (PhD Leiden University 1986)

He spent over 15 years in malaria research in close collaboration with endemic countries. After that he gained experience in computer-assisted knowledge discovery, which is still his research focus. He spent time with the European Commission as a Seconded National Expert with the INCO-DC programme (1993-1996) and with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO 1966-1999). Barend also co-founded several spin off companies.

In 2000 he founded the Biosemantics group in Rotterdam and later also in Leiden. Currently, Barend is Professor in Biosemantics at the Human Genetics department of Leiden University Medical Center. He was also the first Head of Node for ELIXIR-NL at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (until 2015), is Integrator Life Sciences at the Netherlands eScience Center, and board member of the Leiden Centre of Data Science.

In 2014, Barend initiated the FAIR data initiative and in 2015, he was appointed Chair of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group for the “European Open Science Cloud”, from which he retired by the end of 2016. Presently, Barend is co-leading the GO FAIR initiative, an initiative to kick start developments towards the Internet of FAIR data and services, which will also contribute to the implementation of components of the European Open Science Cloud.





Prof. Valdemaras Razumas, Vice-minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania


Prof. V. Razumas, is a Vice-minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, working in this position since February 2019. As a vice-minister, he is responsible for the policy making in the field of research and development at the higher education and research institutions, organization and control of its implementation, participation in policy making in the experimental (socio-cultural) development and innovation development (smart specialisation) sectors.

Before joining the Ministry, in 2018 he has chaired the Research Council of Lithuania. For almost 10 years (in a period of 2009-2018) prof. V. Razumas headed the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences as its President. He has educational profile in chemistry. He is a co-author of 2 monographs and 7 patents. More than 180 research papers in international and national scientific journals.






Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services


Tiberius Ignat is the Director of Scientific Knowledge Services, a company which specialises in helping the European libraries to embrace new technologies and ways of working. He runs in partnership with UCL Press and LIBER Europe a successful series of workshops - Focus On Open Science, now in its fourth year. After being a long-time individual member of LIBER, he became an LIBER Associate through his company. Tiberius is a member of European Citizen Science Association and Citizen Science Association (US) and a member of the Scientific Committee for OAI11, the CERN - UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication.

Tiberius Ignat has a personal interest in Open Science, particularly Citizen Science and the management of this cultural change. 

He has a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Bucharest.




Dr. Leonas Balaševičius, Kaunas University of Technology 


Dr. L. Balaševičius, is a Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, Kaunas University of Technology, working in this position since September 2018. As a Vice-Rector, he is responsible for the University research and innovation strategy, organization and control of its implementation, participation in policy making in the research and innovation sectors. 

In 2017-2018, he has headed the Kaunas University of Technology Doctoral School. For almost 10 years (in a period of 2007-2017), Dr. L. Balaševičius headed the Kaunas University of Technology Research Affairs Department as its Director. He has educational profile in Electrical Engineering and Informatics Engineering. He is a co-author of more than 25 research papers.




Towards Research Data Management Training at Kaunas University of Technology


Dr. Katarzyna Gaca-Zając, Elsevier 


Katarzyna Gaca-Zając, PhD Eng., is a graduate of University of Strathclyde, with almost a decade of experience in research and teaching at an academic level in Europe; a specialist in polymer chemistry and studies of chemical reactions’ kinetics. Currently a Customer Consultant for Central-Eastern Europe in Elsevier. A knowledgeable expert on scientific databases and Elsevier solutions for researchers and information specialists, who is passionate about ethics in scientific publishing, as well as about widely understood bibliometrics.  




Dr. Eugenijus Stumbrys, Research Council of Lithuania


Dr. Eugenijus Stumbrys is the head of Science Policy and Assessment Unit of the Research Council of Lithuania.

In 2002–2009 he was director of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education.

E. Stumbrys was member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (2014–2017), member of Selection board of Erasmus Mundus Programme under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency established of the European Commission (2007–2008).

He serves as an expert in various working groups of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, the Research Council of Lithuania, of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania.

He has extensive experience in management of higher education and research assessment. His fields of interests are assessment of higher education and research, policy and instruments of higher education and research.

E. Stumbrys has a PhD in physics from Vilnius University in 1992.

He is co-author of 18 books and CD about Lithuanian higher education system, more than 30 articles.  




Professor Dr Vilma Petrikaitė, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences  


Vilma Petrikaitė is Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and  Head of Preclinical Research Center of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and senior researcher at Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University. For 4 years she was President of the Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers and actively promoted Open Access by participating in several initiatives.

Vilma got her PhD degree in Pharmacy. She has gained a lot of experience in research institutions overseas, e.g., in the frame of BAFF program at Houston Methodist Research Institute in USA, also for several months at the cancer research institute in Barcelona and as a visiting researcher at Colorado University Denver, USA. Recently Vilma gained experience in the field of nanomedicine during her scholarship in Helsinki University. Vilma’s main research interests are drug activity and transport in tumor microenvironment, targeted cancer nanosystems, tumor 2D, 3D cell and animal models. 




Dr Jelena Angelis, EFIS (European Future Innovation System) Centre


Dr Jelena Angelis is a qualified economist working in the field of evaluation and research and innovation policy formation since early 2002 – with SQW Consulting and Oxford Innovation in the UK, Technopolis Group (in 2011-2017) in Tallinn and Brussels and since autumn 2017 as Research Director at a think-tank EFIS (European Future Innovation System) Centre in Brussels. Over the years she has advised such clients as the International Finance Corporation, OECD, European Commission, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Nordic Council of Ministers, national and regional governments and agencies as well as universities in Western and Eastern Europe. 

Over the last eight years Jelena’s focus has been on Research Infrastructures (RIs) and the topics linked to their long-term sustainability, such as socio-economic impacts and open science. In August 2017-June 2019 Jelena was a Project Manager of eInfraCentral, a Horizon 2020 funded project which in several ways contributed to the start of the European Open Science Cloud. An all-inclusive catalogue of services and resources development under eInfraCentral is the EOSC Catalogue available through the EOSC Portal. Jelena has been involved in evaluations, impact assessments and studies of programmes and measures linked to RIs in various scientific fields and was a member of the OECD expert group on socio-economic impacts of RIs. The topic of impacts continues in the current Horizon 2020 project RI-PATHS developing a methodology to assess socio-economic impacts of investments into RIs. In parallel, Jelena is also a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group assessing the progress of ESFRI and Other World Class Research Infrastructures towards implementation and long-term sustainability.

Originally from Lithuania, Jelena holds a PhD and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School); a BA (Honours) and a Master’s degree from Vilnius University’s Faculty of Economics.




Building together European Open Science Cloud: Perspectives from eInfraCentral


Dr Marta Teperek 


Marta did a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. In 2015 she joined the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge and led the creation and development of the Research Data Management Facility, which supported researchers in good management and sharing of research data. In 2017 Marta moved to TU Delft in Netherlands, where she is leading the Data Stewardship project. Marta serves on the Editorial Board of the Data Science Journal and Co-Chairs the Research Data Alliance Libraries for Research Data Interest Group. She regularly publishes blog posts and peer-reviewed publications on topics of data management and open science and is professionally active on Twitter.

Twitter: @martateperek