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Rosemary DeemRosemary Deem

Professor Rosemary Deem is currently Vice Principal (Teaching Innovation; Equality & Diversity), Dean of the Doctoral School and Professor of Higher Education Management at Royal Holloway (University of London), UK. An Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, Rosemary is a sociologist who has also worked at Bristol, Loughborough, York, the Open and Lancaster Universities and the former North Staffordshire Polytechnic. She was a UK Education Research Assessment Exercise sub-panellist in 1996, 2001 and 2008, is a current member of the European Science Foundation Peer Review College, has twice chaired the British Sociological Association, directed the UK Education Subject Centre ESCAlate from 2001-2004 and was Vice-Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education from 2007- 2009. Since 2013 she has been co-editor of the international journal Higher Education (Springer). In 2013 she was appointed OBE for services to higher education and social sciences in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In July 2015 she became the first woman to chair the UK Council for Graduate Education.


Bruno Frenguelli Bruno Frenguelli

Bruno Frenguelli is a neuroscientist at the University of Warwick. He graduated with a degree in Physiology from the University of Glasgow and subsequently studied for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Graham Collingridge. He then spent two years at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, working with Drs Alcino Silva and Roberto Malinow. Returning to the UK he set up his first lab at the University of Dundee and remained there for 11 years before moving to a Professorship at Warwick in 2007. His research revolves around: i) the release, role and replenishment of the purines ATP and adenosine in the CNS – in particular in the context of acute brain injury, and ii) the cellular and molecular mechanisms of environmental enrichment-induced enhancement of synaptic function and cognition. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Neuropharmacology, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Epilepsy Research UK, a charity for which he is also a Director and Trustee, and a Director of Sarissa Biomedical, a spin-out company from the University of Warwick that manufactures microelectrode biosensors for research, and finger-prick blood tests for stroke. He served on the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience panel of REF2014 and is involved the appraisal of scientific papers for research assessment exercises in the UK and overseas. He has recently given invited presentations on publishing at scientific meetings in the UK, USA, Spain, Malta and Brazil.


Caroline JayCaroline Jay

Dr Caroline Jay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. She is qualified as both a Psychologist (BA, CPsychol) and Computer Scientist (MSc, PhD), and undertakes research crossing these domains. She leads the University of Manchester BBC Data Science Research Partnership, and co-leads the learning analytics stream for the HEFCE-funded Institute of Coding. She is a Fellow of the Software Sustainabilty Institute, and a keen advocate for open and reproducible science. Caroline is a member of the steering group for the EPSRC Human-like Computing priority area, and Software Engineering lead for the EPSRC Human-Like Computing Network+ and ESRC Emerging Minds Network+. She has reviewed for the EPSRC for five years, and served as a panel member for standard mode grants, new investigator awards, programme grants and centres for doctoral training.


Gareth JohnsonGareth Johnson

Dr Gareth J Johnson is the Senior Editor for Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, published by Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), in association with their Global Research Partners. He maintains research interests in the political economy of open access publishing, and has an interdisciplinary background as a communications scholar, pharmaceutical researcher, information management practitioner and radio broadcaster. He is a HEA Fellow, and past Chair of the UK Council for Research Repositories, and the Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery.


Deborah Logan


Deborah Logan is Publishing Director for Elsevier’s Energy & Earth Science Journals’ programme, which is the largest publishing programme in the energy and earth sciences, and which includes many flagship titles and world-class editors. Deborah also spearheads initiatives within Elsevier to improve the gender and regional balance of editors and reviewers across many titles; and promote better understanding of the necessity of research integrity in scientific publishing. Deborah has been working with Elsevier since 2005 and is now based at Elsevier’s offices in Paris.


Christine MieckChristine Mieck

Associate Editor

Dr Christine Mieck joined Nature Communications in September 2017. Christine obtained her PhD from IMP Vienna where she studied kinesin motors using in vitro reconstitution and structural biology approaches. Her post-doctoral work at IMP Vienna and IST Austria continued to explore the biochemical and biophysical bases of cellular polarity. Christine handles submissions on the biochemistry and structural biology of membrane proteins, computational structural biology, and general and single molecule biophysics. Christine is based in the London office.


Julia Vistrup Mouatt Julia Mouatt

Head of Publons Academy

Dr Julia Vilstrup Mouatt completed a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and the University of Copenhagen in 2013. After that she did a 2 year postdoc with the US Geological Survey and Oregon State University in Population Genetics. During that time she started reviewing for a few different journals (see profile on Publons here) and took an interest in open access research as well as gender equality issues within academia. Since early 2016 she's been on the Reviewer College for the British Ecological Society's small and large research grants. Currently, she's the head of Publons' free, online, practical peer review training course, the Publons Academy. She's helped develop the course together with top reviewers, journal editors and online educators. During her workshop session she'll introduce Publons and the Publons Academy, discuss ethics and biases in peer review, give you pointers on how to get into reviewing, and provide tips on how to write a good peer review report which will be put into practice with a hands on exercise.


Andrew OswaldAndrew Oswald

Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science

Professor Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick. His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being. He serves on the board of editors of Science. Previously at Oxford and the London School of Economics, with spells as Lecturer, Princeton University (1983-4); De Walt Ankeny Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (1989-91); Jacob Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University (2005); Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (2008); Research Director, IZA Bonn (2011-12); Visiting Fellow, University of Zurich (2016); Visiting Fellow, Yale University (2016). He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher.


Jigisha Patel Jigisha Patel

Dr Jigisha Patel earned her first degree in medicine and her PhD on postprandial physiology from Queen Mary, University of London. As well as spending several years in hospital clinical practice and a year at the National Institutes of Health for her PhD, Jigisha has taught professional development for medical students at University College London Medical School and human biology at the Open University. Jigisha moved to publishing in 2007 as Medical Editor for over 30 medical journals in the BMC series. She led the BioMed Central Research Integrity Group and is now Head of Programme Management, Research Integrity at Springer Nature.


Lesley ThompsonLesley Thompson

Director of Academic and Government Strategic Alliance, Elsevier

Dr Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Director of Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK’s 7 Research Councils. In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual budget of 800 M UK pounds. She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with 2 children.


Eda Ulus Eda Ulus

Dr Eda Ulus is a Lecturer in Work and Organization in the Management and Organization Division, School of Business, University of Leicester, UK. She achieved a PhD in Management at the University of Bath, UK, studying workplace emotions, under the supervision of Professor Yiannis Gabriel. Eda is a member of the International Editorial Board of Management Learning. Eda’s reviewing recognitions include: One of two recipients of the Best Developmental Reviewer Award, awarded by the Critical Management Studies (CMS) Division of the Academy of Management in 2016, and one of two recipients of the Best Conference Reviewer Award, by EURAM, European Academy of Management, in 2016. Eda’s research passions include learning from marginalized and intersectional lived experiences of learning, organising, and working, with theoretical approaches such as Freudian and feminist psychoanalysis and postcolonial frameworks.


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Professor Mike Ward did his BA at Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences (1983-1986). He remained in Cambridge for his PhD (1986-1989) with Ed Constable, studying some of the first examples of helicate complexes of transition-metal ions with polydentate ligands. After a post-doctoral year with Jean-Pierre Sauvage in Strasbourg playing with catenates, he started his independent academic career as a lecturer at Bristol in 1990 where he developed a long and productive collaboration with Jon McCleverty. He was promoted to Reader in 1998 and to a Chair in 2001, and then moved to Sheffield in 2003. After 14 years there he recently moved to the University of Warwick where he is currently Head of Department.

Mike's interests are all based around the coordination chemistry of transition metal and lanthanide ions and their multinuclear assemblies; in particular, current emphases in his research are on (i) self-assembly and host-guest chemistry of hollow metal/ligand cage complexes, and (ii) photophysical properties of polynuclear complexes and supramolecular assemblies, including applications in imaging and sensing. Awards for his research include the RSC Corday Morgan medal for 1999, Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship for 2000-2001, and the 'Chemistry of the Transition Metals' award for 2005, and Supramolecular Chemistry award for 2016.

Outside of Warwick, Mike has been involved with the RSC in various capacities including two stints on Dalton Council and one on the editorial board of Dalton Transactions; he is currently Chair of the Editorial Board of 'RSC Advances’.


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Dr Marcos Estrada is an editor for Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, published by Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS). He is a HEA Fellow and was an IAS Early Career Fellow. While Marcos has an interdisciplinary academic background in International Studies, Education and Sociology, his interests are in the production and dissemination of academic knowledge, with focus on the use of video recording, to audiences outside the academia.


Cath Lambert Cath Lambert

Cath's teaching and research activities reflect her longstanding interest in education, and include the development of critical methods for researching, writing and teaching. Her work includes exciting projects and adventures in research, teaching, art, writing, performance, serious play and collaborations of different kinds. Cath also works in the areas of gender and sexuality. She is an active member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and her work contributes to the Sociology Department's Inequalities and Social Change research theme. She has published in the areas of school leadership and masculinity, gender and sexuality, higher education, research based learning, critical and participatory pedagogies, queer theory and live sociology and art. She collaborates with the live art organisation Fierce Festival to explore the pedagogic value of live art as well as with Vincent Dance Theatre and Birmingham based Theatre Company Stan's Cafe. Her book The Live Art of Sociology was published by Routledge in 2018.

She convenes and teaches Sociology of Education and, with Dr Maria do Mar Pereira, Ways of Knowing: Gender, Bodies, Power.

In 2009-2010 Cath was awarded a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE).


Paola De Castro Paola De Castro

Paola De Castro is the Director of the Publishing Unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the National Institute of Health in Italy ( since 2005. Her main activities include science communication to different stakeholders, promotion of research integrity, open science, global health research, health information literacy, and gender equity in research. She carries on multidisciplinary research, cooperation and training for public health, mainly focused on communication, dissemination and use of health care information addressed to different targets in Europe, Latin America, Africa. Some of her main projects are EU Joint Action on Health Equity Europe (JAHEE), starting in 2018, and WP Lead of Dissemination; Responsible for training in communication within the CASA project in Ethiopia (from 2014, ongoing); Coordination of ISS Museum; Coordination of the School work alternating System at ISS, from 2016. She is a member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and EASE Gender Policy Committee; country representative of HIFA2015; European Association of Health Information and Libraries; Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (Italian Library Association); AISA (Italian Association for the Promotion of Open Science).

She serves on the following editorial boards: Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Eurosurveillance, Open Journal of Bioresources, Revista CONAMED, Rare journal, Notiziario dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, I beni storico scientifici dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Dispense per la Scuola, Rapporti ISTISAN, Istisan Congressi, European Science Editing (past).


Joan MarshJoan Marsh

Dr Joan Marsh read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, followed by a PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. She then worked for the Ciba Foundation, also in London, initially editing manuscripts and transcribed discussions from their acclaimed symposia to produce the published book series, then also organizing some of the symposia. In 1994, Joan took the opportunity to travel in South-East Asia, which she combined with teaching science writing at several universities in the region. Joan returned to England and started work for John Wiley & Sons in 2000, commissioning books in the Life Sciences, subsequently adding Medical Books to her roster, then specializing in psychiatry. In 2013, Joan moved to the Lancet group, as Deputy Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry, which was launched the following year. Joan has been a member of the European Association of Science Editors since 1987. She joined the EASE Council in 2006 and was President from 2009-2015. She is now co-chair of the EASE Gender Policy Committee.