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Jean-Claude Burgelman

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Jean-Claude Burgelman is professor of Open Science at the Free University of Brussels. He retired in 2020 from the European Commission where he was in charge, from 2014 onwards, of Open Science at DG RTD.

He and his team designed and developed the EC’s polices on open science, the European Open Science Cloud, open data and open access. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre where he was in charge of socio economic research on digital technologies.

Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of its Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on several academic journals. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.

He recently joined the advisory board of Open Knowledge Maps and became the editor in chief of Frontiers Policy Lab.

In  2022 he became the director of the Frontiers Planet Prize, a new prize to stimulate science that can save the planet.

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