Our Structure

Strategy Forum

The central event in the process of setting up the strategy of the Knowledge Exchange is the Strategy Forum. This takes place once a year and brings together the leadership from the six funding organisations with the aim of refining the shared vision and finding common and strategically important issues to tackle in the coming years.

The strategy forum also offers the partners the opportunity to exchange, analyse and compare partner strategies, helping us to identify issues where partners can ‘Speak with one voice' - increasing impact on national and international developments.

The Knowledge Exchange Steering Group

The Knowledge Exchange Steering Group (KESG) consists of six senior managers, one from each of the partner organisations. The Group oversee activities taking place in Knowledge Exchange.

The Steering group members are:

Irina Kupiainen

Irina Kupiainen

Development Manager, Head of EU and Public Affairs

CSC, Finland


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Serge Bauin

Special Adviser on Open Science

CNRS, France



Bo Öhrström

Chief Consultant

DEFF, Denmark



Stefan Winkler-Nees

Scientific Library Services and Information Systems

DFG, Germany


Rachel Bruce

Rachel Bruce

Deputy Chief Innovation Officer

Jisc, United Kingdom



John Doove

Programme manager Open Access SURFmarket

SURF, The Netherlands


The Knowledge Exchange Group

A representative from each of the Knowledge Exchange partner organisations make up the Knowledge Exchange Group (KEG), which is the central body responsible for helping Knowledge Exchange reach its goals.

The Partner Representatives initiate and direct Knowledge Exchange activities. They identify issues to be addressed and decide on the initial steps to be taken in facilitating contact between the experts on a given issue within the communities in the partner countries.

The Knowledge Exchange Group members are:


Riina Salmivalli

Project Coordinator

CSC, Finland



Herbert Gruttemeier

Project manager, International relations

CNRS, France


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Christian Hagen Thomasen

Project Coordinator

DEFF, Denmark


Matthias Katerbow

Matthias Katerbow

Programme Officer: eResearch Technology

DFG, Germany


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Caroline Ingram

Senior Co-design Manager

Jisc, United Kingdom


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Tamsin Burland

Senior Co-design Manager

Jisc, United Kingdom


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Karin van Grieken

Senior Project Manager

SURF, The Netherlands


Expert Groups

We bring together experts from each of our partner organisations and also from elsewhere when appropriate to identify urgent challenges and promising opportunities in their fields of expertise. This informs the decision-making of all partner organisations.

Knowledge Exchange's current focus is on open access and research data and we have expert groups in place for each. Their role is to identify issues and propose actions for Knowledge Exchange and this leads to studies, workshops and other activities. We involve experts from the wider research community and expert consultants as necessary.

The Knowledge Exchange Office

The Knowledge Exchange office is located at the Jisc offices in Bristol, United Kingdom and co-ordinates activities, logistics, communications and provides administrative support.

The members of the Office are:


Bas Cordewener

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator,

Knowledge Exchange Office



Sarah James

Knowledge Exchange Administrative Officer

Knowledge Exchange Office


A collaboration between

  • dfg
  • csc-it center for science
  • jisc
  • cnrs
  • surf
  • deff