The SPARC Europe Team

Daily management and implementation of the strategy are the responsibility of the European team:

Vanessa Proudman, Director

Vanessa has over 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide. She also headed information and IT at a UN-affiliated international research institution in Vienna for 10 years.
She has also been programme and project manager to Europeana.eu
As the owner of Proud2Know, a consultancy that supports academic libraries, Vanessa also helps her clients create the skilled and innovative digital libraries of the future.

As Director to SPARC Europe, Vanessa is responsible for developing and implementing SPARC Europe’s Strategic Plan. She is working to make Open the default with Europe’s other Open Science organisations.

To contact Vanessa, email her at vproudman@sparceurope.org

 


Asta Helgadottir Copyright Policy Adviser, SPARC EuropeÁsta Guðrún Helgadóttir, Policy Adviser

Ásta Helgadóttir is SPARC Europe’s copyright policy adviser. She is a historian, with a focus on societal, political, and legal change. Ásta served as a member of the Icelandic Parliament in 2015-2017, where she focused on copyright, education, and open access. Previously she was one of the initiators and co-ordinators of Copywrongs.eu, a platform which sought to make the copyright consultation accessible to the general public in their own languages. She also worked for the Democratic Society on projects related to public participation and how to create a more open and accessible EU.

To contact Ásta, email her at ahelgadottir@sparceurope.org

 


Angela Walseng, Communication Adviser

Angela Walseng has a decade-and-a-half experience in communications, and has spent the past several years working in Open Access publishing. She has worked extensively with researchers, universities and research institutes and funding bodies.

At SPARC Europe, her focus is on communication and knowledge exchange activities between SPARC Europe and its partners, networks and stakeholders.

To contact Angela, email her at awalseng@sparceurope.org


Further worldwide experts help SPARC Europe carry out its goals and work in the areas of copyright, funders, intelligence and news on OA and Open Science for example.