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Letter from the new EUNIS President

Dear EUNIS members and community,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and a good start to the New Year. This letter serves two purposes, the first is to let our members know of a change of President and the second is to outline some of the key events planned for 2016.

In December 2015, Mr. Pekka Kähkipuro, resigned as President of EUNIS to take up a new role in the United Kingdom as the Chief Information Officer at Brunel University. I was elected by the EUNIS Board to take on the role of President from January 1st 2016 and I am extremely honoured to take on the role and I look forward to meeting with you at some of our upcoming events. I have served on the EUNIS Board for nearly six years now, three of those as Secretary of EUNIS.

At the online Board meeting on 13th January 2016, Mr. Michele Mennielli (CINECA, Italy) was elected to the role of the Secretary to the EUNIS Board. Also at the online meeting Mr. Yiannis Salmatzidis (Aristotle University, Greece) was co-opted to the Board untill June 2016. Board elections will be held at the EUNIS Congress 2016 and all EUNIS members can put forward a candidate and are also entitled to vote in the Board elections at the General Assembly. Details will be available nearer the Congress on

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and gratitude on behalf of the EUNIS Board to Mr. Kähkipuro who was a very committed and dedicated member of EUNIS and for his involvement in many initiatives. May I take this opportunity to wish him all the best for the future and we have already welcomed Brunel University as a new member of the EUNIS community.

EUNIS as an organization is also gearing up to a new year and a year of change. As a Board we will be working hard to promote EUNIS across Europe and to focus more on our members both past and present. This will involve some re-organisation at Board level and more communication in the form of updated information on our website, greater use of social media and a newsletter (e-zine).

As we enter 2016 with a sense of momentum, let me highlight some of the upcoming EUNIS events. In 2016, the EUNIS focus will be to enhance the offerings to the Higher Education IT community.

It would be great to meet with some of you at our forthcoming events and get your views on EUNIS activities and events such as the Rectors’ Conference (14th – 16th April 2016, Cracow, Poland), the Annual Congress EUNIS 2016 (8th – 10th June, Thessaloniki, Greece), the Task Forces workshops, the ERAI initiatives, webinars, surveys and projects that we run in co-operation with our partners. Details of all the above are available on our website:

We are committed as a Board to making the Eunis Congress 2016 the biggest and best yet and I firmly believe that you will appreciate the content and also enjoy contacts with the European HE community.

As EUNIS members I look forward to your involvement in all or some of the above, and I am eager to hear your comments on our current initiatives and your views on what new initiatives we should be pursuing and look forward to meeting you at EUNIS events!

Yours sincerely,

John Murphy

EUNIS President

CRIS2016: Call for Papers

From 9-11 June 2016,  euroCRIS will organise, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews,  the 13th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems, CRIS2016, which will be held in the town of St Andrews (Scotland, UK).

In the last two years many exciting developments have taken place within the research information domain and the CRIS Conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange views and experiences.

For CRIS2016 the theme is: Communicating and measuring research responsibly: profiling, metrics, impact, interoperability

The call for proposals is now open. At the same time the CRIS2016 website is launched.

Please do not hesitate to contact (at in case of any questions.

More information here

Call for Papers now open for EUNIS 2016

EUNIS (European University Information Systems organization) is happy to announce a CALL FOR PAPERS for its 2016 Annual Congress:

 EUNIS 2016 – Crossroads Where the Past Meets the Future

8 – 10 June 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece

This Congress presents an opportunity for sharing of experience amongst international specialists, users, researchers, decision-makers, and teaching staff from across Europe. The event provides an ideal forum to present and publish the latest results of research, development, and deployment of Information Technology in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Five Track Programme

The Programme is divided into five tracks. The review for each track will be overseen by a track expert and the Scientific Committee, as a whole, will manage the review of all submissions to ensure the best possible Congress Programme.

Submissions are invited under one of the five tracks below:

  • Leadership & Management
  • ICT Infrastructure & Security
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Software Development
  • OpenX & Interoperability

More information here

Please note that those author/s who wish to apply for any of the EUNIS’ Awards, a Full Paper must be submitted and be compliant with the Template Guidelines.

Call for papers closes on 15 February 2016.

Open Education Week Call for participation

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) invites your contributions to and participation in the annual Open Education Week, featuring online and in-person events around the world. You decide how you will participate: host a local event, give a webinar, submit a video about your open education work, use the week to highlight the benefits of open education, get creative and try something new!

Open Education Week (#openeducationwk) is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free and open to everyone. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Submissions need to be sent by 12 February 2016.

More information here


Workshop: “Sharing Research Data and OA to publications in H2020”, Nov 18, Ghent, Belgium

As a major funder, through Horizon2020, the EU has been at the forefront of implementing Open Access policies. Following the Open Access pilot in FP7, Horizon2020 brings a strong mandate for Open Access to publications as well as an Open Data Pilot for certain areas of research. The pilot encourages researchers to deposit research data in data repositories to make them accessible and usable to others.
Many questions arise from this policy: how to implement the requirements, where to publish, and what about confidentiality and privacy issues? Issues of priority and planning; what should be taken care of at proposal state, during the project and after the project ends?
The workshop aims to provide answers to these questions. And also provide an arena to exchange experiences, define problems and possible solutions. The target audience is NCP’s, research administrators and project coordinators. Tools will be presented to facilitate data management and experiences will be exchanged to provide hands-on solutions.
Read more here…