Inga Lips is the Secretary General of the European Global Observing System (EuroGOOS). She also serves as Chair of the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) steering group and represents EuroGOOS at the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Regional Alliances Council. She has spent most of her career studying phytoplankton dynamics affected by the hydrophysical and biogeochemical processes in the Baltic Sea. She has combined biological and physical oceanography in her research, integrating traditional ship-based measurements and laboratory analysis with data from autonomous measuring and sampling platforms. She has led many national and international projects, coordinated Estonia's national open sea monitoring program, developed national and Baltic Sea-wide oceanographic measurement programs, and established the Marine Ecology Lab at Tallinn University of Technology.
Lotta Fyrberg holds a bachelor’s degree in oceanography. She was Head of the Oceanographic Unit at SMHI (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) 2007-2012. She has been involved in UNESCO/IOC IODE work from 2003, National Coordinator for Oceanographic Data Management since 2015. She is a member of SDN (SeaDataNet) AiSBL (non-profit association). She is also a member of the Steering Group for EMODnet-Chemistry and of the Steering Group of the IODE project GOSUD (Global Ocean Surface Underway Data) since 2022. Elected IODE Co-Chair in 2023.
Pier Luigi Buttigieg is a senior data scientist and digital architect at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
With a focus on digital interoperability and biodiversity, he contributes to the steering, strategy, and operations of multiple European Horizon projects as well as international initiatives, including several Actions within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. He chairs the Ocean Data and Information System Project of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, co-chairs the implementation group for the Ocean Decade's data and information strategy, serves on the GOOS Biology and Ecosystems Panel, and serves on CODATA's cross-domain interoperability framework (CDIF) working group.