Invited speakers

Christopher Jackson
Open Access, Impact Factors, and other Animals: My First Year

Professor Christopher Jackson is a geologist, and is Statoil Professor of Basin Analysis at Imperial College, London, UK. Having worked in the oil industry in Bergen, Norway, he moved to Imperial College in 2004 to pursue an academic career. Chris has received the Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Award (awarded by the Geological Society of London, 2016), the Bigsby Medal (awarded by the Geological Society of London, 2013) and the Roland Goldring Award (awarded by the British Sedimentological Research Group, 2011). He has also served as the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Distinguished Lecturer (2013). Despite this, he is ashamed to say his ‘awakening’ to some of the issues related to scholarly publishing is embarrassingly recent, occurring within the last year...

Diego Gómez
Access to scholarly knowledge for common causes: a Latin American context

Diego Gómez is a Colombian conservation biologist, currently based in Costa Rica. His work is mainly focused on research and conservation actions to avoid extinction of threatened animals. Diego is facing a criminal case for sharing knowledge on the Internet. Since this process started, he has become an activist in open access, especially for important causes such as biodiversity conservation or environmental issues. All his scientific contributions have been published in open-access journals, with the intention of encouraging his colleagues to share academic knowledge without tolls. Due to the difficulties he faced during his first steps as a researcher in a Latin American country, he finds it important that everyone should have equal opportunities to access of knowledge.

Lucy Patterson
Outside the academy: DIY science communities

Lucy is a freelance science hacker and community organizer working at the intersection of science and society. She is a DIY science and open-science advocate in the broadest sense: co-organizer of annual hackathon Science Hack Day Berlin, co-founder of the Berlin Science Hacking Community, a member of the interdisciplinary art/science/technology collective Lacuna Lab, and coordinator of the DIY Science Network. All community-led initiatives about engaging with science from a non-institutional position.

Born in the UK, she holds a PhD in developmental biology, moved to Germany as a postdoc, and worked for several years in science communication before leaving academia.