Natalia Manola is a research associate in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the “Athena” Technology and Innovation Research Center. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics sector. From 2009 she has served as the managing director of OpenAIRE (www.openaire.eu), a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, OpenMinTeD (www.openminted.eu) an infrastructure on text and data mining.
She has served in EC’ Future Emerging Technology (FET) advisory group 2013-2017 and is currently a member of EC’s Open Science Policy Platform, a high level Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining complex data Visualization, and research analytics.