Dr Emma Gordon is the Director of the £105m Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) programme at the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), which is opening up access to linked government administrative data to support research and inform policy decisions. This includes data on income, benefits, education, health, crime and justice and much more. Emma joined ADR UK from HM Treasury, managing the Government Economic Service and Government Social Research profession, and prior to this was Head of Health Analysis at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). At the start of her career, Emma was a post-doctoral researcher on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), linking health data to survey data to carry out research on diagnoses of mental and physical impairments within this cohort of children.
Niklas Blomberg, Ph.D, is Director of ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for bioinformatics and life-science data, based in Hinxton, UK (www.elixir-europe.org).
Before joining ELIXIR in 2013 as the founding Director he worked in pharmaceutical research with AstraZeneca (1999-2013)where he held a number of different roles including establishing a joint computational biology and computational chemistry team for respiratory research and leading the global cheminformatics unit. Niklas Blomberg holds a Ph.D. in structural bioinformatics and protein NMR spectroscopy from EMBL Heidelberg (1999) and a BSc in Biochemistry from Göteborg University, Sweden.
He currently coordinates ELIXIR-EXCELERATE – an EU H2020 project with 45 partners and 29 M€ funding to develop the ELIXIR infrastructure to drive interoperability and the EOSC-Life (46 partners, 25M€) to build a collaborative digital space for European life science research between Europe’s 12 life science research infrastructures.
EC Policy Officer – Blagovesta Cholova has an academic background in social sciences and was an active user of some of the databases included in this project during her Ph.D. and postdoctoral work. After joining the European Commission, Ms. Cholova has occupied several positions as a Policy and Project officer and was actively involved in evidence gathering for science-based policy and social sciences input to policy. After joining the Research Executive Agency, Ms. Cholova is now responsible for the overall SSH portfolio of projects within the Research infrastructures program and is the Feedback to the policy coordinator for Research infrastructures within her unit.
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