Confirmed speakers to date:-

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ginny Hendricks



Based in London, UK, Ginny is responsible for bringing a new team together at Crossref around outreach and communications, membership development and services, and product support initiatives. Before joining Crossref, she ran Ardent Marketing for nine years, where she consulted with publishers to craft multichannel marketing strategies, develop, brand, and launch online products, and build engaged communities. She previously managed Elsevier’s launch of Scopus, the abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. While at Elsevier, she established advisory boards and outreach programs with library and scientific communities. In 1998, Ginny started an early e-resources help desk for Blackwell’s information Services and later led training and communication programs for Swets’ digital portfolio in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. She’s lived and worked in many parts of the world, has managed globally dispersed creative, technical, and commercial teams, and co-hosts the Scholarly Social networking events in London.

Phil 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.

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.

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.