esss Steering committee

The steering committee is responsible for the activities of the
All organizing institutions are represented in the steering board.

Members of the Steering Committee:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Glänzel

KU Leuven

Wolfgang Glänzel is at KU Leuven since 2002. He is Director of Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) of the Flemish government and Professor at KU Leuven. He is also affiliated with the Department of Science Policy & Scientometrics at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (Hungary). Wolfgang Glänzel is skilled mathematician. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from the Eötvös University in Budapest (1984) and a PhD in Science Studies from Leiden University (1997). Wolfgang Glänzel worked at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 1980 and 2001. Wolfgang Glänzel is Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was awarded the Derek de Solla Price Medal "for outstanding contributions to quantitative studies of science" in 1999. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Scientometrics since 2014. In the same year he has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Social Sciences, general (http://highlycited.com).

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Prof. Dr. Koenraad Debackere

KU Leuven

Koenraad Debackere has been with KU Leuven since 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. in Management with an ICM-fellowship at the University of Gent after stays as an ICM-fellow and an ICRMOT research assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management. He was a Fulbright-Hays post-doctoral fellow at MIT in 1991-1992. In 1995 he became professor at KU Leuven. His research has focused on the area of technology and innovation management and policy, the development of indicators for measuring the linkage between science and technology, the design and use of bibliometric indicators for science policy purposes and the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development. He is coordinator of the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM)of the Flemish government. He is also actively engaged in technology transfer activity as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development and Chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fonds (the venture fund) of the KU Leuven.

Personal websites:
http://econ.kuleuven.be/msi/members/debackere.htm http://www.ecoom.be/index.php?id=64

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel

DZHW ; Humboldt-Universität (HU) zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, he received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Development (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel served as Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ) from 2005 to 2015. He was appointed Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) in 2005. Since 2016, he is head of the department “Research System and Science Dynamics” at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is a member of the advisory board of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), and member of the advisory board for the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), Oslo. His research interests lie in the field of science studies, bibliometrics, and elite sociology.

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Dr. Sybille Hinze


Sybille Hinze graduated in ‘Management of Science’ from Humboldt-University, Berlin. From 1990 to 1997 she worked as a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. She got her PhD from Leiden University, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), the Netherlands in 1997. From 1997-1999 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Evaluation and Policy Project, Australian National University, Canberra. From 1999 to 2008 she held a senior researcher position at Fraunhofer ISI, where she was also deputy head of the competence centre “Policy and Regions”. From March 2005 to August 2006 she was seconded to the European Commission, DG Research, Unit Programming, Monitoring, and Evaluation. From August 2008 to December 2015 she was deputy director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality (iFQ) Assurance. With the merger between iFQ and the German Center for Higher education Research and Science studies (DZHW) in 2016 she became deputy director of the DZHW’s Department 2 “Research System and Science Dynamics”. Sybille Hinze is a member of the steering committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics, European editor of the Journal "Science and Public Policy". In September 2013 she was elected as secretary of the European Network of Indicator Designers (ENID) and in November 2014 as chair of the German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics. Since March 2017 Sybille Hinze is a member of COST’s Scientific Committee.

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Nicolas Robinson-Garcia

Georgia Institute of Technology (School of Public Policy), USA, Universidad de Granada (EC3metrics), Spain

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia is a researcher in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation. He currently works at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher for an NSF-funded project. Before joining Georgia Tech he was a postdoctoral researcher at INGENIO(CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). He holds a PhD on Social Sciences at the University of Granada where he worked until 2014 within the EC3 Research Group. He collaborates with EC3metrics SL as an external consultant. His main lines of research are the evaluation of monographs, university rankings and the use of new data sources for research assessment. He has recently started a new line of work on novel methodologies to trace public engagement using social media.

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Daniel Torres-Salinas

Universidad de Navarra and Universidad de Granada (EC3metrics & Medialab UGR), Spain

Daniel Torres Salinas, was awarded a PhD in Scientific Documentation from the University of Granada (2007). He works as a technician at the University of Navarra and the University of Granada, where he audits the research performance. He is also a researcher in the field of bibliometrics and a member of the EC3 Group (Evaluation of Science and Scientific Communication-University of Granada), regularly publishing in journals such as Scientometrics, JASIST and Profesional de la Información.  His main lines of research are the evaluation of Books, university rankings, Altmetrics and evaluative bibliometrics at university level. As an entrepreneur he is co-founder and CEO of the scientific consultancy spin-off EC3metrics and coordinator of the Digital Science Area at Medialab UGR. He is a developer for various research evaluation tools such as científicacvn, I-UGR Rankings of Spanish universities, CIRC (Clasificación Integrada de Revistas Científicas – Integrated Classification of Scientific Journals) or Bipublisher - Bibliometric Indicators for Publishers. He frequently teaches courses on scientific communication, Web 2.0 and library research services and science.


Dr. Juan Gorraiz

University of Vienna

Juan Gorraiz studied physics at the University of Madrid and at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his Doctor’s degree. He is Head of the Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies Department of the Library and Archive Services, University of Vienna, which is specialized on supporting both researchers and decision-makers in research administration.  He has been engaged in bibliometric analyses and studies since 2001. Moreover, he has been teaching information retrieval and bibliometrics at the university course „Library and Information Studies“ since 1992.  Apart from his ongoing commitment to the esss he rendered outstanding services to the scientometric community as an organizer and programme chair of the „10th International Conference on Science & Technical Indicators“ 2008 in Vienna as well as an organizer of the "14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference" 2013 in Vienna.

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Dr. Christian Gumpenberger, MSc

University of Vienna

Christian Gumpenberger has a Doctor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the Danube University Krems. He was Head of the Department of Public Services and Reference Librarians at the University Library of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Head of the Novartis Knowledge Center Vienna as well as Global Project Manager for the Novartis Institutional Repository Project & Open Access Champion at Novartis, and also ran his own information consultancy business focussing on project management in the field of new trends in scholarly communication, especially Open Access. He is currently a member of the Bibliometrics Department of the Library and Archive Services, University of Vienna and coordinator of the Council of Austrian University Libraries.

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Ursula Ulrych

University of Vienna

Ursula Ulrych studied Microbiology and successfully finished the postgraduate programme Library and Information Studies, both at the University of Vienna. After gaining expertise in international collaboration and project management at a biotech company she joined the Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies Department at the University of Vienna in 2015. Currently she supports the administrative management of the European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss) and contributes to various projects, tasks and services of the Department.


Martin Wieland

University of Vienna

Martin Wieland studied at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology  (University of Vienna) and specialised in Mongolian- and Gender Studies. He’s founder and head of a medical publishing company. Since 2008 he is also working at the Bibliometrics & Publications Strategies Department, University of Vienna and has been involved in the set-up and developement of the esss from the start.