Frank Miedema is Vice Rector for Research at Utrecht University and chair of the Utrecht University Open Science Program. He studied biochemistry at the University of Groningen, specialising in Immunology, with a minor in the Philosophy of Science. He obtained a PhD from the University of Amsterdam at the Central Laboratory of the Blood Transfusion Service (CLB), now Sanquin. From 1983, he was a project leader there in the immunovirology of HIV/AIDS, as part of the Amsterdam Cohort Studies. In 1996, he was appointed full professor at the AMC/University of Amsterdam and became Director of Sanquin Research in 1998. In 2004, he became head of the Immunology Department at the University Medical Center Utrecht. From January 2009 to March 2019 he was dean and vice chairman of the Executive Board of the University Medical Center Utrecht. He is one of the initiators in 2013 of Science in Transition (www.scienceintransition.nl/english) who believe that the academic incentive and reward system is in need of fundamental reform. Next to Science for Science (articles in ‘high-impact’ journals), the impact on society must be valued more and societal stakeholders should be involved more integrally in the production of knowledge.
Pastora is Vice President for Globalization and Cooperation at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She is member of the expert group on Open Science at the European University Association (EUA) and at the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE).
She has a PhD in Physics (UAM, 2003), a Master in Leadership and Management of Science (UPF-UB-UAB, 2008) and an executive Master in Business and Administration (EADA Business School, 2014). She has more than 15 years of experience in the management of science including management of research centers, European projects or networks. She coordinates a specific module on Responsible Research and Innovation(RRI) at the Master in Translational Medicine-MSc from the University of Barcelona since 2013.