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

Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) & Dept. MSI, KU Leuven,  Belgium

Wolfgang Glänzel is Director of the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) and Full Professor at KU Leuven (Belgium). He is also affiliated with the Dept. Science Policy & Scientometrics at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (Hungary). Wolfgang Glänzel studied mathematics at the Eötvös Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from ELTE obtained in 1984 as well as a PhD in the Social Sciences obtained from Leiden University (Netherlands) in 1997.
He worked about twenty years at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences before he moved to Leuven (Belgium) in 2002, where he works and lives at present. He is also Guest Professor at several Universities in China and the UK.
His research activities comprise probability theory and mathematical statistics, quantitative science studies and research policy. In the field of probability theory he has published on the characterisation of probability distributions, in quantitative science studies and research policy his research is mainly focussed on models of scientific communication, the development of scientometric indicators, the analysis of co-authorship patterns and research collaboration, the structural-cognitive mapping of science, bibliometrics-aided retrieval and the measurement of research performance at various levels of aggregation. Wolfgang Glänzel has published numerous journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters and co-authored/co-edited several books. He was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow for two years in Germany. In 1999 he received the international Derek deSolla Price Award for outstanding contributions to the quantitative studies of science.
He is Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) and Editor-in-Chief of the Society's Newsletter. Wolfgang Glänzel is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Scientometrics since 2014 and Academic Editor of the multidisciplinary OA journal PLoS ONE since 2013.

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Prof. Dr. Koenraad Debackere

KU Leuven, Belgium

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.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel

German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany

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 research area “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

German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Germany

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

INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València, Universidad de Granada (EC3metrics), Spain

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia is a researcher in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation. He currently holds a postdoctoral grant at INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València. He has also worked at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher. He holds a PhD on Social Sciences at the University of Granada. He collaborates with EC3metrics SL as an external independent consultant. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters in the field of bibliometrics and research evaluation, including in elite journals like Nature, Science or Plos One. His research interests are 1) the analysis of altmetrics to track societal engagement of scientists, the internationalization of the scientific workforce and its effect on national research systems, and 3) the misuse of bibliometric indicators in research evaluation with a special focus on the case of Spain.

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Daniel Torres-Salinas

Universidad de Granada (EC3metrics, Research Evaluation Unit), Spain

Daniel Torres-Salinas holds a PhD in scientific documentation. He currently works as bibliometrician at the Research Evaluation Unit (University of Granada). He is researcher in EC3 Research Group (Evaluación de la Ciencia y de la Comunicación Científica) about bibliometric topics. Also he is CEO of the EC3metrics spin-off and coordinator of the Digital Science Section in Medialab UGR. He is co-author of evaluation tools such as Científicacvn, Rankings I-UGR de Universidades, Clasificación CIRC, Bipublishers o UGRinvestiga. He have published more than 60 scientific publications in journals indexed in the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics). He teaches courses on scholarly communication, altmetrics, scientific career, etc... He is teacher in the European Summer School for Scientometrics (ESSS) and in the Master in Science Communication at the University of Granada.


Dr. Juan Gorraiz

Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

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

Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

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

Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

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

Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, University of Vienna, Austria

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.