Over the thirty-six-month lifetime of the Project, Blue-Cloud aims to address the need to build and demonstrate the Pilot Blue Cloud as a thematic EOSC cloud to support research to better understand and manage the many aspects of ocean sustainability, through a set of five compelling pilot Blue- Cloud demonstrators.

While the Blue-Cloud Consortium already possesses the necessary skills to execute the Project workplan, it will avail itself of the support of an External Stakeholders Expert Board (ESEB) for high level guidance on strategy and policy and leverage of their relevant cross-sectoral networks.

In particular, the ESEB Members will:

  • Provide ad-hoc, independent, competent and timely feedback to the strategy and operations of the Blue-Cloud initiative and its demonstrators (especially assessing impact and user experience);
  • Advise on strategic global “Blue” trends;
  • Facilitate dialogue with policy makers and stimulate discussion between the relevant key stakeholders in the EU, and where appropriate, beyond.
  • Help strengthen the Blue Cloud framework, leveraging on their network and experience;
  • Contribute to the Blue Cloud Strategic Roadmap;
  • Increase the visibility of project and support the dissemination of project results.

Meet the Blue-Cloud experts below

Irene Del Barrio Alvarellos

Water and Marine group, European Environment Agency (EEA) 

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
"The access to data by the general public is a right established already by the Aarhus Convention, as well as legal instruments such as Directive 2003/4/EC, Directive 2007/2/EC (INSPIRE) and Directive (EU) 2019/1024 (Open Data Directive). Some of the developments of the Blue-Cloud project will be a great step forward in this line, such as the data discovery and access service, as well as the marine environmental indicators that will help interpret the data. The EEA has an open data policy, and holds an important set of pan-European indicators (including marine), which can guide the outputs of this project."

Jean-Noël Druon

European Commission Joint Research Centre, Directorate D
Sustainable Resources Unit D.02 Water and Marine Resources, Scientific Officer

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
"As a scientist of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, my contribution to the Blue-Cloud ESEB shall contribute to follow and guide the project in the use of  leading European marine data infrastructures (such as Copernicus Marine, SeaDataCloud, EurOBIS, EMODnet) with strategic positioning at policy level in a European and global context."

Tiziana Ferrari

Managing Director at the EGI Foundation


Sheila JJ Heymans

Executive Director of the European Marine Board and Professor in Ecosystem Modelling at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
"As an ecosystem modeler I know the value of good, easily accessible data. Without the ability to download data freely, and in multiple formats ecosystem modelers would not be able to address the sustainability questions we are asked. As Executive Director of the EMB I have also seen the issues of lack of FAIR data, the lack of biological observations, the complexity of data created in marine science, and the lack of interoperability of data and computing  resources. I want to help the EU’s Blue Cloud project to address these problems."

Robert Huber

Marine Geologist and Information Specialist at Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at the University Bremen

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to participate as an expert in the Blue-Cloud ESEB. The project offers an extraordinary opportunity to bring together marine data from different domains and to demonstrate their re-use within well selected use-cases. PANGAEA as an interdisciplinary data archive has already experienced similar challenges during various national and international projects (e.g. gfbio.org). I hope that this can be helpful for the success of Blue-Cloud.  

Rupert Lueck

Head of IT Services at EMBL

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
“I look forward to contributing to the Blue-cloud project with my background as a member of the EOSC Executive Board and co-chair of the Board’s Sustainability Working Group. I am fascinated by the important role of the Blue-cloud project in supporting interdisciplinary research to better understand ocean sustainability by providing essential FAIR access to multidisciplinary data, analytical tools and data processing. Consequently, I hope to also contribute to the project with expertise from my role at EMBL in providing IT for many interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, often on a large scale, and from my work as EMBL IT representative within the EIROforum and as a member of a number of high-level IT advisory boards.”

David Mills

Director of IMARDIS (Integrated Marine Data and Information System)

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
"Blue Cloud is an extremely timely initiative with the potential to assemble and take advantage of the vast marine data and information resources distributed across Europe. It resonates with my current efforts to lead the co-design and co-development of an EU funded cloud-based data infrastructure (IMARDIS) designed to drive blue growth in the Welsh ocean renewable energy sector. As a former UK government scientist, I also bring significant experience in designing and implementing data gathering and information systems to meet and EU and international policy requirements. My primary contribution will be to clarify societal user needs and challenge success criteria."

Alexandra Neyts

General Secretary of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP)

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
EATiP recommends to review existing aquaculture regulations and move towards a more predictable and evidence-based licensing system across Europe. In particular, the need to target and demonstrate that its environmental footprint is within acceptable limits is crucial to achieve better control and a more positive public perception of the sector. This requires sound ecosystem-based management and decision-making tools. Integrated monitoring systems, transparent data collection and targeted models can contribute to this objective. We are therefore eager to learn how the Blue-Cloud services might help the sector to better manage and operate its farms using tools and indicators derived from marine data.

Karl Presser

Managing Partner at Premotec GmbH, President of EuroFIR AISBL and Elected Member of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) 

Why have you decided to join the Blue-Cloud ESEB and what contributions you can bring?
I decided to join the Blue-Cloud to coordinate collaboration between the Blue-Cloud and FNS-Cloud which are sibling thematic EOSC projects. The Blue-Cloud project is very interesting and touches my expertise in information system and food data. My background is computer science, in particular global information systems, and therefore I can contribute to ICT architecture, ICT implementations, data quality, data standardisation and harmonisation, data processing and data exchange

Nicolas Segebarth

Policy Officer at the European Commission