President of the EOSC Association, Karel Luyben, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on 21 June 2022. The Doctor of Science degree was conferred on Prof. Luyben in recognition of his outstanding achievements in his work as President and Board Member of CESAER, the association of European Universities of Science and Technology, as well as his ongoing efforts as president of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Association.
Quoting from the oration: “Karel has championed open science and FAIR data, through Delft University of Technology and the Open Science Taskforce of CESAER, as Chair of the European Open Science Cloud, and since 2020 as President of the European Open Science Cloud Association. This will implement Europe’s virtual environment for all researchers to store, manage, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes It provides the strategic vision and investment to make truly FAIR data a reality. Key factors have been the vision, energy and focus of Karel.”
Citing Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Strathclyde University: “The University prides itself in being a place of Useful Learning and on its commitment to using our research and education for the benefit of society: your hard work and dedication reflects this ethos.”
According to Karel, getting EOSC ‘up and running’ is a real challenge and will take the contributions of many individuals and organisations for quite some time to come. However, if we ultimately pull this off it will have a long-lasting world-wide impact.