Wouter Los

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

"Environmental scientists have increasingly the ambition to understand how environmental systems interact. This holds for the interaction between greenhouse gas fluxes and plant life cycles, or how undersea volcanoes impact ocean physical properties. Understanding these processes and resulting patterns is requiring sufficient data from measurements and observations to compute and test hypothesized models. In this ideal world the scientists have seamless access to data and compute, and smart cloud solutions are expected to deliver this. Bringing together scientist’s demands and information technologies should promote common understanding to cross borders for progress."

From his original studies in theoretical chemistry, Wouter Los entered biology and was for almost 20 years up to 2005 the director of the Zoological Museum, a collections based research infrastructure at the University of Amsterdam. His growing interest in e-BioScience followed the prospects of using large-scale biodiversity data-sets.  This resulted in the development of various initiatives and projects, including in e-science and e-education. His position as chair of the Science Committee of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) from 2003-2007 also reflected these interests. Currently he is involved in the development of the LifeWatch infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research. He is also leading related projects on infrastructure interoperability at in Europe and globally.