Véronique De Herde Eurodoc
PhD candidate in agronomy at UClouvain – Belgium, Véronique De Herde holds a master degree in contemporary history and a master degree in bioengineering. Before starting her PhD, she has had several professional experiences in Belgium, Germany and France. Véronique is Secretariat Coordinator of Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. She trained as one of Eurodoc’s Open Science Ambassadors and acts as contact for plan S. Dedicated pianist and writer, she appreciates long walks in poetic landscapes.
Corina Logan MPI Evolutionary Anthropology
Corina Logan obtained her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge and Murray Edwards College. She was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara before returning to Cambridge as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow. Since 2018 Corina Logan is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. She investigates how behavioral flexibility relates to invasion success in grackles (an urban bird) and humans. Corina Logan also co-leads the #BulliedIntoBadScience campaign where early career researchers are working to change academic culture to adopt open research practices to improve research rigor.
Sandra Vengadasalam Max Planck Digital Library
Sandra Vengadasalam is Division Manager of the department Digital Labs at the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich. The mission of Digital Labs is to ensure a constant pipeline of new technologies to provide innovative and sustainable services for all Max Planck researchers. Especially services based on blockchain or distributed ledger technologies and Artificial Intelligence, sync-share and archive solutions as well as digital gadgets like drones, tablets and LabCams for the benefit of academia is a passion for Sandra and her team. Furthermore Sandra is one of the founders of the Max Planck Open Access Ambassadors initiative and of the novel bloxberg consortiuma blockchain consortium for science. End of 2019 she will become Associate Editor for Blockchain for Science at Frontiers. Before MPDL, Sandra obtained her PhD in biology focusing on molecular biology and biochemistry. After her doctorate she worked as PostDoc in the field of epigenetic and chromatin remodeling at the Adolf-Butenandt Institute in Munich. In her spare time, she was the chairperson of the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Munich and still plays violin and harp.
Noémie Aubert Bonn Hasselt University
Noémie Aubert Bonn is a PhD student who does research on research. Originally from Québec (Canada) where she studied cognitive neurosciences, Noémie rapidly became concerned about core aspects of research, in particular about publication biases and pressures to publish. Leaving cognitive neurosciences aside, she decided to see what can be done to make science better. She started by working with editors at the Cochrane collaboration, a collaboration that organizes broad scale systematic reviews of medical research. She loved it, but she felt that editors come a bit late in the research process to impact deeply engrained cultures, so she decided to tackle research cultures and integrity instead. She first completed an Erasmus Mundus Masters of bioethics where she undertook a comparative analysis of research integrity and misconduct policies in European institutions. But she realized that preventing misconduct was, again, a bit too late to change research cultures. So she reoriented her interest to tackle the reward systems in place rather than the punitive systems. Noémie is now finishing her PhD in Hasselt University (Belgium). Her project looks at the attribution of success in science and questioned whether current research assessments foster or threaten the integrity of research.
Kai Geschuhn Max Planck Digital Library
Kai Geschuhn works as an open access and information expert at the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in Munich and has been involved in both the international open access transformation process since its very beginning and in the drafting of transformative agreements for Max Planck Society. MPDL is a driver of several international campaigns for open access, such as the OA2020 initiative, and ESAC, and has most recently been task with the implementation of national open access deals with Wiley, and prospectively Springer Nature (Projekt DEAL).
Ana Valente Max Planck Digital Library
Ana studied astrophysics at the universities of Porto and Heidelberg, receiving her PhD in physics from Heidelberg University in 2012. Ana subsequently stepped into the world of scholarly publishing, with a first stint at Wiley followed more recently by a publishing editor role at Springer Nature. In the past few years, she managed a portfolio of journals in the physical sciences, all the while focusing on open access publishing services and advocacy. She joined MPDL in November 2019 as Communications Manager, and supports the Information group’s open access initiatives.
Georg Botz Max Planck Society
Georg Botz studied physics in Bielefeld and Heidelberg and received his Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in the field of theoretical particle physics in 1993. After working in the publishing industry he joined the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society in 2004 where he is in charge of Open Access policy issues. His acquaintance with the topic goes back as far as 2002 when he, then a member of the Executive Board of the “German Physical Society”, was deeply involved in establishing the Open Access journal “New Journal of Physics”. Starting back in 2004, Georg Botz was in charge of organizing several “Berlin Open Access” conferences and initiated the first OA conference for students and early career researchers which took place in Berlin in 2013. From the very beginning, Georg was involved, too, in the planning and the implementation of eLife, the OA journal founded in October 2011 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), the Wellcome Trust (UK) and the Max Planck Society. Last, but not least, Georg Botz chairs the Open Access working group of Science Europe and was member of the task that developed the implementation guidelines for “Plan S”.
Colleen Campbell Max Planck Digital Library
Colleen Campbell leads outreach and engagement in the Open Access 2020 Initiative, coordinated by the Max Planck Digital Library on behalf of research and academic organizations worldwide. Passionate about the exciting changes underway in scholarly communication, she leads activities that help stakeholders implement strategies to shift their investments away from paywalls toward open publishing paradigms. Previously European Director for Strategic Partnerships at JSTOR and the digital preservation service, Portico, she has over 20 years’ experience across all areas of the academic information sector and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Colleen has a background in the humanities and lives near Florence, Italy. Twitter: ColleenCampbe11
Gerard Meijer Fritz-Haber-Institute, Max Planck Society
Professor G.J.M. Meijer (1962) studied physics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where he also completed his PhD (1988). Subsequently, he worked for two years as an assistant researcher at IBM (San José, CA, USA). He then returned to Nijmegen where he was appointed full professor of experimental physics in 1995. In 2000 he became director of the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics in Nieuwegein, and in 2002 director of the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin, where he established the Molecular Physics department. In September 2012, he accepted the “call of duty” to serve as President of the Executive Board of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, a position that he held until the beginning of 2017. Since then, he has been reappointed as director of the FHI in Berlin. Since January 2018 he is elected member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). Gerard Meijer has received various awards for his scientific work and for his service to academia. In 2009 he received the Bourke Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his original research into the formation and spectroscopy of ultra-cold molecules. In 2010 he acquired an ERC Advanced Grant. In 2012, he was awarded the Van ’t Hoff Prize in Germany for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. In 2013 he was elected member of the Academia Europaea and in 2017 he received a royal decoration and became Knight in the Order of the Netherlands’ Lion. Gerard Meijer has co-authored about 400 articles in refereed scientific journals that have received a total of over 23.000 citations; his h-index is 76. Forty-five Ph.D. students have completed their Ph.D. research under his supervision.
Mark Patterson eLife Sciences Publications
Mark Patterson is the Executive Director of eLife – an open-access publishing initiative launched in 2011 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust. Previously, Mark was the Director of Publishing at PLOS where he helped to launch several of the PLOS Journals including PLOS Biology and PLOS ONE.  Mark began his career as a researcher in yeast and human genetics before moving into scientific publishing in 1994 first as the Editor of Trends in Genetics and later as one of the launch editors for NPG’s Nature Reviews Journals.
Wolfgang Huang Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Wolfgang Huang graduated from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg in 2004 in political sciences and German philology. As part of study visits, he also attended San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley and Kunming Ligong Daxue (University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China). Shortly thereafter, he started his first position at a publishing company in Berlin, and then joined a Berlin-based PCO (Professional Congress Organiser) as Head of Conference Logistics in 2006. During this time, he organised and contributed to the organisation of medical conferences in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cambridge, Capetown, Durban, Fukuoka, Izmir, Milan, Miami, and Toronto. In 2008, he organised the world’s largest conference on hypertension to date, with approximately 10,000 attendants. As one of his next projects, his team joined forces with the board of the Charite to conceptualize and launch one of the first comprehensive conferences on the emerging topic of public health, bringing together top-level stakeholders and experts for the World Health Summit and the establishment of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities. Four years later, he became part of the team of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings as director of the executive secretariat. In this position, he is in charge of general management of the executive secretariat, human resources, budgeting and funding applications as well as external relations of the secretariat.