Lecturers and Experts

Dr. Louise Bezuidenhout

Louise Bezuidenhout is a senior data expert at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), part of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Dr Bezuidenhout specializes on issues relating to Open Science, data sharing and access. She currently works on projects relating to the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), particularly relating to education and capacity building around open and responsible research. She is also active in discussions about the evolution of global Open Science Clouds, the South African Open Science Cloud and the African Open Science Platform.

Dr Bezuidenhout’s previous research has been broadly oriented around themes such as justice and access, inclusion and marginalization and equity. Much of her work to date has concentrated on identifying ways to improve the inclusion of low/middle-income country researchers into the Open Science landscape. This work has involved embedded ethnographies, interviews and surveys in a number of countries in Africa, Europe and North America.

Dr Bezuidenhout holds PhDs in cardiothoracic surgery (University of Cape Town, RSA) and sociology (University of Exeter, UK). She has had postdoctoral research posts at the Universities of Exeter (UK), Notre Dame (USA), Oxford (UK) and Cape Town (RSA). She has also held lectureships at University College London (UK), University of the Witwatersrand (RSA) and the University of Oxford (UK).


Mag. Dr. Susanne Blumesberger, MSc

Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies and German Studies at the University of Vienna. Working as an academic librarian at the University of Vienna. From 1999-2014, Coordinator and Principal Invetigator of several scientific research projects at the Institute for Science and Art, Vienna. Since 2007 Phaidra Management at the University of Vienna (Repository) Since 2016 Head of the Department Phaidra, the Repository of the Vienna University. Focus on Cultural Heritage issues, e-Learning and Research Data. Lecturer at the University of Vienna. Member of several boards. Coe-Editor of the Journal "libri et liberorum".

Sabine Chai, PhD

Sabine Chai is the managing director of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (OeAWI). 

She earned her PhD in Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park and has experience in teaching, training, research, and consulting in academia and non-profit organizations. Across disciplines, the focus of her work has been on providing training in research methodology, dissemination skills, and intercultural communication, as well as on conducting program assessment. 

As managing director of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity, she particularly enjoys contributing to the success of the scientific enterprise and the credibility of researchers by supporting endeavors to improve and protect the integrity of the research process.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Raman Ganguly

Raman Ganguly is the head of the department IT Support for Research as well as the technical director of the repository PHAIDRA. He is responsible for the research data management infrastructure at the University of Vienna as well as an active member of several international and national networks such as the RDA, COAR, OpenAIRE and RepManNet.

Mag. Claudia Hackl

As project manager of "Open Education Austria Advanced" (OEAA) - a digitization project to create attractive solutions for open educational resources - Claudia Hackl is responsible for knowledge transfer at the interface of Open Education and Open Science on national level. She advises higher education institutions on the institutional anchoring of Open Educational Resources (OER) and on upskilling for engaging in the national infrastructure for OER built at OEAA. In that context she is also part of several international working groups, such as the EOSC task force on “Upskilling countries to engage in EOSC” and the “AG OER Repo” which is discussing OER-repositories in the German speaking higher education sector.

Since 2020 Claudia Hackl is part of the digital teaching team at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Vienna, which offers media didactic qualification and support services for teachers. Among others she has also been working in the field of Digital Humanities at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH-CH) or educational technologies at the CSLEARN research group of the University of Vienna. 

Claudia Hackl focusses on generating and exploiting synergies from Open Education and Open Science at the heart of a unique cooperation among e-learning centres, central IT services and libraries of the partner universities at OEAA in the field of digital innovation of teaching in higher education. 

Vanessa Hannesschläger, PhD

Vanessa Hannesschläger is a German literature and digital humanities scholar with a focus on data management and legal aspects of arts and humanities data. She holds a PhD from the University of Vienna, where she also teaches DH. As a researcher at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, she was involved in building and maintaining the European Research Infrastructure Consortia CLARIN-ERIC and DARIAH-EU. Today she is head of European Projects of Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. Vanessa advocates for legal and data literacy as well as Open Science.

Patrick Helling, MA

Patrick Helling is a data manager at the Data Center for the Humanities (DCH) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne. He supports humanities scholars in questions on research data management (RDM) and he provides domain specific RDM services. In addition, he is part of the data management team of the DFG priority program 2207 “Computational Literary Studies”.

As data steward of the Verband “Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum” e.V. he develops a research data management strategy for the scholarly outcomes of the DHd-Community.

He is PhD-candidate at the University of Cologne. His doctoral research concerns the creation of a formal description model for domain specific research data management requirements and services for the humanities. 

Theresa Henne, LLM

Theresa Henne is a research associate at the Institute of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law @University Vienna. She works on two EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects in the domain of cancer research & health data and law enforcement & AI technology, in which she focuses on data protection. Before joining University Vienna, she completed the LLM programme 'Law and Governance of Digital Society' from University Groningen and this autumn she is starting her PhD in the political sciences. Theresa's research interests are (digital) fundamental rights, children's rights and the datafication of education.

Lisa Hönegger, BA BA MA

Lisa Hönegger is the deputy head of AUSSDA, a national infrastructure for archiving social science data at the universities of Vienna, Graz, Linz and Innsbruck. At the University of Vienna, she is also responsible for Open Science, the European Open Science Cloud and Research Data Management.

Tereza Kalová, MA (Res), M.A. LIS

Tereza Kalová is the data steward coordinator at the University of Vienna where she develops needs-based services for researchers in the area of data management and open science including the certificate course “Data Steward”.  
Tereza holds a Research Master’s degree in critical theory/children’s literature (University of Reading, UK) and an MA in Library and Information Science (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany).

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Heike Neuroth

Heike Neuroth is research professor and since many years is doing research and teaching in the areas of RDM, DMP,
FAIR, data science etc.

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Tassilo Pellegrini

Tassilo Pellegrini

credit: Paul Poelleritzer

Tassilo Pellegrini is co-director of the Institute for Innovation Systems and professor of economics at the University of Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria.

His research areas are data economics, policy-aware web and artificial intelligence. He is member of the International Network for Information Ethics (INIE), the African Network of Information Ethics (ANIE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPUK). He is co-founder of the Semantic Web Company in Vienna and conference chair of the annual SEMANTiCS conference series founded in 2005.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Benedikt Pittl, BSc

Benedikt Pittl

Benedikt Pittl holds a master’s degree in Business Informatics from the University of Vienna. In 2020 he successfully defended hisPhD thesis on Cloud Economics. He attended multiple scientific conferences and received for his work the Best-Paper from a highly ranked international Cloud Conference as well as multiple “Best of the Best” Awards of the Faculty of Computer Science from the University of Vienna. Since 2017 Benedikt Pittl gains experiences in Industry, in addition he works as a passionate lecturer at the University of Vienna. In line with his lifelong learning credo he received a additonal master’s degree in the field of Data Science in 2022.

Christopher Pollin, BA MA MA

Christopher Pollin

Christopher Pollin holds a Master's Degree in History and a Joint Master's Degree in Digital Cultural Heritage. He is currently a PhD student in Digital Humanities.

Since 2016, he has been working in various positions at the Centre for Information Modeling (ZIM) at the University of Graz. His work includes technical development and data modeling in various projects such as 'STEFAN ZWEIG DIGITAL', 'Open Access Database Adjective-Adverb Interfaces in Romance' or 'Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative for Historical Accounts'. His work focuses on semantic web technologies, resource discovery and web programming. In addition to teaching in these fields, his dissertation project focuses on information-based resource discovery for historical information. He is a co-founder of Digital Humanities Craft. 

Dr.Phil. Marjo Rauhala, MSSc., BA

Marjo Rauhala (Dr.Phil., MSSc., BA) is the Head of Service Unit of Responsible Research Practices at TU Wien and responsible for establishing the research ethics advisory and review structures for the entire university. With an academic background in philosophical and biomedical ethics and social sciences, Marjo Rauhala has broad experience in the field of research ethics. This experience encompasses academic research, ethics management and advisory tasks in interdisciplinary engineering projects, collaboration with a national ethics council, as well as research ethics review in the research funding programs of the European Union. Since 2012, Marjo Rauhala participates in the European Commission’s working groups on ethics policy and guidance and expert panels in ethics screening, review and check/follow-up of European funded research for the European Commission’s Ethics and Integrity Sector and the European Research Council.

Dipl.-Phys. Dr. Constanze Roedig

Cloud architecture, DevSecOps, advanced scientific computing

Dr. Constanze Roedig earned her doctorate at the Albert Einstein Institute (Max Planck) in relativistic radiation hydrodynamics and continued studying black holes at Johns Hopkins as a postdoc. She spent 8 years in the private sector as a software architect to enable companies to transition their internal systems towards transparent, performant and scalable designs. The desire to give back to the community brought her back to science in the role of the technical lead for an Austrian-wide project (https://forschungsdaten.at/en/austrian-datalab-and-services/)  to make High Performance Computing more accessible and bring cloud-native to the university system landscape. She now advocates for open standards, FAIR and open science and works as an R&D engineer on finding feasible means to unite HPC with the modern user-experience of kubernetes.

DI Dr. mont. Hermann Schranzhofer

Hermann Schranzhofer is Data Steward at Graz University of Technology since 2020. Therefore he is involved in the development of services and policies for research data management.

Hermann studied physics at the Graz University of Technology and finished his PhD in materials science at the Montanuni Leoben. Before he joined the RDM Team, he worked for 15 years at the Institute of Thermal Engineering at Graz University of Technology in research and development. His main focus was on simulations of energy systems including renewable energy and innovative thermal storage. In addition, he also carried out measurements in the laboratory and at demonstration plants.

Mag. Christian Steiner, MA

Christian Steiner

Christian Steiner holds a Master’s degree in Translation (German/English/Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) and a Joint Master’s Degree in Digital Heritage and Digital Humanities (EuroMACHS). Currently he is a PhD candidate in Digital Humanities.

Since 2012 he has been a research assistant at the Centre for Information Modelling (ZIM) at the University of Graz. His work includes technical development, data modelling and data wrangling in various DH projects. The main focus of his work is on Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data, and Web Programming. In addition to teaching in these fields, his dissertation project is about Linked Data and the potential of using Wikidata as a hub between the Life Sciences and the Humanities.

Sarah Stryeck, BSc MSc PhD

Currently, Sarah is employed as Head of Digitalization and Data Governance at Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH (RCPE) and as Data Steward Expert at the Data Intelligence Initiative (DIO).

Sarah Stryeck studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine at Graz University of Technology (2011-2016) followed by her PhD studies at the Medical University of Graz in Integrated Structural Biology and Metabolism Research (2016-2019). During her studies, Sarah spent one semester at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) and one semester at the University Medical Center in Utrecht (The Netherlands). After that, Sarah was working as a Data Steward at Graz University of Technology and as a Business Developer for Data Platforms and Life Sciences at Know-Center GmbH.

Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Sebastian Tschiatschek, BSc

Sebastian Tschiatschek

Sebastian Tschiatschek is assistant professor for Machine Learning at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna.

He received his PhD from Graz University of Technology in 2014. After his PhD, he was a postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich and a senior researcher in the machine learning and perception group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. He develops (probabilistic) machine learning algorithms for handling structured objects and sequential decision making. His research focuses on expressive models for heterogeneous data and on the impact of uncertainty and its quantification, for instance on sequential decision making and human-machine interaction. His research is published at top venues of machine learning, including the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) and the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR).

Dipl.-Ing.Florian Wörister, BSc

Florian Wörister

Florian Wörister is a Software Engineering graduate of TU Wien and currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the CSLEARN research group of the University of Vienna. He is a certified Carpentries Instructor and has already gained experience in teaching research associates how to maintain software projects with git.