Speaker Details 2017

Pablo De Castro



Pablo works as Open Access Advocacy Librarian at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is an expert in Open Access and research information workflows and management systems, areas he has recently explored as coordinator for the OpenAIRE2020 Gold Open Access Pilot at LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries based in The Hague. Pablo has an MSC in Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Pablo also serves on the euroCRIS Board as leader of the CRIS/IR Interoperability Task Group.

Phill Jones



Phill has spent much of his career working on projects that use technology to accelerate scientific discovery. He joined Digital Science from portfolio company ReadCube, where he held the position of VP of Business Development. Prior to Digital Science, he was the Editorial Director at Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the first academic video journal. Phill is a member the SSP educational committee and the STM association early career publishers and future lab committees.

In a former life, Phill was a cross-disciplinary research scientist. He held a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, working in bio-physics and neuroscience, despite having originally started out as a plasma physicist at the UK atomic energy authority. He has also worked as a microscopy consultant and scientific advisor for a number of startups and small companies.

Stuart Lawson



Stuart is a Doctoral researcher at Birkbeck, University of London undertaking a PhD in the politics of open access. He is an information professional and radical librarian who has formerly worked as a Research Analyst at Jisc and completed an MA Information Studies at University of Brighton. Research interests include scholarly communication, open access, Wikipedia, and the politics of openness.

He is an editor for Journal of Radical Librarianship and was previously an administrator and moderator for Informed, where he started the LIS open access declaration. He worked as the Open Scholarship Community Liaison for Wikimania 2014 to help the open access and Wikimedian communities to work together.

Gemma Milne



Gemma is a Scottish creative science nerd obsessed with tech, design, Irn Bru and pi. She is Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt – an organisation producing podcasts, editorial and events connecting the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs creating change in science. She acts as an advisor to and connector within the science industry on entrepreneurialism, disruptive communications, new ways of working and increasing openness and diversity. Gemma is also a tech and science journalist (featured in The Guardian, Adweek, The Drum, Imperica and Ogilvydo), and speaks regularly at innovation, science and technology festivals (e.g. SXSW, Hello Tomorrow and WPP Stream). Previously, Gemma was a Tech Innovation Strategist at Ogilvy & Mather, and is a Maths graduate from St Andrews.

Anna Ritchie


Anna is the product manager for researcher profiles and stats on Mendeley, supporting researchers in demonstrating the impact of their research.

See her background at https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/anna-ritchie1/.

Becky Douglas



Becky is a physicist working at the University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy in the Institute for Gravitational research. Her interests are in detector development for advanced gravitational wave detectors and materials for MEMS graviometers. She is also active in public engagement and science outreach. She gives talks about physics in schools and to scouts and guides groups as well as to the general public at science festivals and events or even in pubs and bars. She is also interested in the lack of gender parity in physics and more broadly in science in general and to this end, she is also involved in the Project Juno and Athena SWAN schemes as well as the Glasgow chapter of Science Grrl.

Lewis MacKenzie



Lewis a biomedical physicist at the University of Leeds where he works to improve disease diagnosis by shooting lasers at blood. Outside of the lab, Lewis is a keen science communicator and has won multiple science communication awards, including reaching the UK final of FameLAB in 2015 and reaching the 2014 European Science Slam final. In the past Lewis has presented planetarium shows to audiences of all ages and has performed research-themed comedy with Bright Club.

Michael Markie

Michael Markie


Michael Markie is the Publisher for F1000 Platforms. He is an open science, open data and open research advocate contributing to F1000’s effort to change the way science is communicated. He played a pivotal role in launching F1000Research in 2013, and now oversees Wellcome Open Research, a new publishing platform owned by Wellcome but run by F1000. Michael previously helped to develop and subsequently manage F1000Posters, the open-access repository of posters and slides in biology and medicine. Michael is an active member of the open science community and has given many talks/seminars/workshops on the subject at international conferences and research institutions. Michael previously studied Chemical Biology at the University of Leeds, where he worked on synthesising a range of potential anti-tumour compounds.

Laura Henderson

Laura Henderson


Laura is a publishing professional and Editor, with extensive previous experience in commissioning Science books and full book project management (at Cambridge University Press), and also in digital content creation and curation (at an independent online company). Her background is in English Literature studies – she studied for her Masters in Medieval Literature at Cambridge University. Presently, she is Editorial Program Manager, Humanities & Social Sciences and Physical Sciences & Engineering at Frontiers.

Charlie Rapple



Charlie is co-founder of Kudos, which helps researchers, publishers and institutions to maximize the reach and impact of their research. With a background in scholarly publishing technology and marketing, she is passionate about helping academics communicate more effectively to build their visibility and reputation. She has a BA from the University of Bristol and postgraduate MDip from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and holds a number of voluntary positions in the scholarly information community, including Honorary Secretary of UKSG, Associate Editor of Learned Publishing, and blogger in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Jean Liu



Jean is the Product Development Manager for Altmetric and is responsible for shaping the company roadmap and working with the development teams to deliver great software. Altmetric (a portfolio company of Digital Science) aggregates online attention surrounding scholarly articles, books, datasets, and more. Jean is a neuroscientist by training and obtained an MSc in Pharmacology/Neuroscience from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Her interests in scholarly communication led her to join Altmetric in 2012, initially as data curator and blog editor.

Rachel Lammey



Rachael Lammey has been with CrossRef since March 2012. She works on the Member & Community Outreach team, running Community Days for Crossref members and is working to promote Crossref to the researcher, administrator and funder communities. Before that, she was Product Manager on the CrossCheck and CrossRet Text and Data Mining initiatives and worked on other CrossRef tools for publishers. She previously worked in journals publishing for Taylor & Francis for nearly six years, managing a team who worked with online submission and peer review systems. She has a degree in English Literature from St. Andrews University and a MA in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling.

Nicola Osborne



Nicola leads EDINA’s work in Digital Education which includes working with the University of Edinburgh, and with partner organisations and researchers across the UK, to develop new projects and innovative ideas, some of which go on to become fully fledged projects or services. She is also actively engaged in research in this area with her work particularly focusing on social media and digital tracks and traces, particularly in relation to higher education teaching and learning. She is also interested in privacy, ethics and information security around social media and digital platforms.

Nicola manages the Reference Rot in Theses: A Hiberlink Pilot project, investigating how web citations can remain relevant through “Hiberlinks”. Nicola is also co-tutor for the newly launched Digital Footprint MOOC (#DFMOOC), a free online course on managing your digital tracks and traces.

Graham Steel

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Graham  has been actively involved in Patient Advocacy work in his spare time since  2001.  More recently, his activities have been focused mainly on Neurodegenerative conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease. He is also involved in advocating for Open Access/Science/Data and acts in advisory capacities to the Open Knowledge International,  and the Public Library of Science (PLOS). As of January 2015, he acted as Community Manager (thenSocial Media Manager) for ContentMine.