Max Bergmann studied North American Studies (BA) and Media and Culture Studies (MA) at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. Subsequently, he began his doctoral studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in the field of film and media studies. At the GCSC, he was also publications coordinator and responsible for the Centre‘s Open Access activities. Since 2022, he has been working at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the coordination of the Open Access university press mdwPress as well as the OA publication services.


Andreas Ferus studied History and Library & Information Studies at the University of Vienna. He is working at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Library, and also as a lecturer at its Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies as well as its Institute for Conservation-Restoration. He is doing research and teaching in Library & Information Studies, especially on Open Scholarship/Open Science & Scholarly Communication, and is currently involved in several projects, e.g. “Austrian Transition to Open Access 2 (AT2OA2)”, “FAIR Data Austria”, and “RIS Synergy”.


Karoline Feyertag is Open Access and Open Science Coordinator at the Research Support Service of the University of Klagenfurt since 2022. Prior to that, she worked at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna at the Research Support Unit and was involved in setting up the Open Access university press mdwPress. She holds a PhD in philosophy, was a research associate in a PEEK-FWF project from 2014-17, taught as an external lecturer in philosophy and gender studies, and studied in Vienna and Paris.


Clara Ginther studied Catholic Theology at the University of Graz. She then continued her scientific work abroad in Germany, England and Ireland for several years, after which she began working in the library in 2014. At the moment she is the deputy head of the library at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Meanwhile she continued her scientific work mainly in the fields of theology, complex systems theory and information and library science. Her main intrerests lie in scholarly communication and the effect complexity has on it as well as on librarianship, focussing especially on knowledge transfer.


Edith Leitner studied Political Science at the Universities of Salzburg and Bordeaux as well as Library and Information Science in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2011 she has been the head of the departmental library of the Mozarteum in Innsbruck and began her work at the main library in Salzburg in 2013, where she is responsible for the implementation and running of the institutional repository and agendas in the area of Open Science. Since 2022 she is the deputy head of the library.


Susanne Luger studied Classical and Provincial Roman Archaeology at the University of Innsbruck. During her last year there, she attended the programme Library and Information Studies. She has been working at the library of the Johannes Kepler University Linz since 2012 where, in 2018, she became part of the team license management and scholarly services focussing mainly on open occess, including approval management within the agreements, managing the publication fund as well as the repository ePUB. In addition she has been responsible for the library of the newly founded medical faculty between 2018 and 2021.


Gerlinde Maxl studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Graz. In 2002 she completed the course »Information Management« at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, and then worked at the library of Åbo Akademi University in Turku and the library of the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. Back in Austria, she completed the master’s program »Library and Information Studies« at the University of Graz in 2012. Since 2010, she is a staff member of the »Service and Information« department in the library of Graz University of Technology. She is head of this department since July 2020.


Bernhard Schubert holds degrees in English and American Studies, German Philology, and Library and Information Science from the University of Vienna. He is deputy head of the Open Access Office at the University of Vienna and also works as a lecturer for descriptive cataloguing at the Vienna University Library, the Austrian National Library and the University and State Library Tyrol.


Melanie Stummvoll studied German Philology at the University of Vienna and finished her training as a library and information expert at the Vienna University Library in 2016. Subsequently to this, she worked at the Head Office of the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ), being primary responsible for open access agreements. In 2021 Melanie Stummvoll returned to Vienna University Library. She is currently part of the consortia clearinghouse, the open access office as well as the Austrian Transition to Open Access 2 (AT2OA2) project.


Ursula Ulrych studied microbiology and library and information science (postgraduate course), both at the University of Vienna. After gaining experience in international collaboration and project management in a biotech company, she worked at the Department of Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies at the University of Vienna from 2015 to 2022. Organizing and actively contributing to the European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss) was one of her main tasks. From 2020 to 2022, she additionally held the position of deputy head of the department. She is currently pursuing an MBA and is coordinator of the project Austrian Transition to Open Access Two (AT2OA2).