Science Unlimited

The incredible advances made possible by science are by no means over. Driven by rapid technological innovation, ever-more powerful computing and increasing access to data and knowledge, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is blurring physical, digital and biological boundaries – and transforming industries, economies and societies at an accelerating pace.

Discover the cutting-edge developments powering our world of tomorrow, from the world’s leading experts in global trends, citizen science, healthcare and more.

driving change in
GLOBAL HEALTH

Jayasree K. Iyer Access to Medicine Foundation   The past decade has seen incredible advances in medicine and healthcare, yet long-standing barriers to access remain in many parts of the world. Jayasree K. Iyer will celebrate the current state of global healthcare and chart prospects for the decade ahead.  Jayasree works to improve access to medicine in low- and middle-income countries. As Executive Director of the Access to Medicine Foundation, she directs strategy, stakeholder dialogues and research programs. These include the Access to Medicine Index, the longest-running, most comprehensive survey of company behavior regarding access to medicine; the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, the first report comparing company actions to bring antimicrobial resistance under control; and the Access to Vaccines Index, which reports what vaccine companies are doing to ensure all children can be immunized.

Jayasree K. Iyer
Access to Medicine Foundation

The past decade has seen incredible advances in medicine and healthcare, yet long-standing barriers to access remain in many parts of the world. Jayasree K. Iyer will celebrate the current state of global healthcare and chart prospects for the decade ahead.

Jayasree works to improve access to medicine in low- and middle-income countries. As Executive Director of the Access to Medicine Foundation, she directs strategy, stakeholder dialogues and research programs. These include the Access to Medicine Index, the longest-running, most comprehensive survey of company behavior regarding access to medicine; the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, the first report comparing company actions to bring antimicrobial resistance under control; and the Access to Vaccines Index, which reports what vaccine companies are doing to ensure all children can be immunized.

Extending
healthspans

David Sinclair Harvard Medical School   David Sinclair believes aging is not inevitable but a treatable condition. He'll explain why we age – and how we can reverse the process to extend human healthspan and lifespan.  David’s research focuses primarily on sirtuin proteins as well as small molecules and epigenetic reprogramming genes that can prevent and reverse age-related diseases – with several already in clinical trials. Listed as TIME magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” and one of the “Top 50 in Healthcare," David is Professor in the Department of Genetics, Blavatnik Institute and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at Harvard Medical School. He was recently inducted as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work in healthcare and biosecurity.

David Sinclair
Harvard Medical School

David Sinclair believes aging is not inevitable but a treatable condition. He'll explain why we age – and how we can reverse the process to extend human healthspan and lifespan.

David’s research focuses primarily on sirtuin proteins as well as small molecules and epigenetic reprogramming genes that can prevent and reverse age-related diseases – with several already in clinical trials. Listed as TIME magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” and one of the “Top 50 in Healthcare," David is Professor in the Department of Genetics, Blavatnik Institute and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at Harvard Medical School. He was recently inducted as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work in healthcare and biosecurity.

Promoting a
fact-based worldview

Anna Rosling Rönnlund Gapminder Foundation   The Gapminder Foundation has tested people on basic  global development trends  – and most seem completely misinformed about how the world looks. Anna Rosling Rönnlund will dismantle the three mega-misconceptions shaping our worldview and show what the world really looks like, in ways everyone can understand.  Anna develops ground-breaking  data visualization tools  to make data easier to understand and use, including the user-interface of Trendalyzer, an animating bubble-chart tool acquired by Google, and the  Dollar Street project  to show how people live on different income levels. She also wrote the bestselling book  Factfulness  with Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling, with whom she also co-founded Gapminder. Anna has a Bachelor Degree in Photography and a Masters Degree in Social Sciences with a major in Sociology.

Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Gapminder Foundation

The Gapminder Foundation has tested people on basic global development trends – and most seem completely misinformed about how the world looks. Anna Rosling Rönnlund will dismantle the three mega-misconceptions shaping our worldview and show what the world really looks like, in ways everyone can understand.

Anna develops ground-breaking data visualization tools to make data easier to understand and use, including the user-interface of Trendalyzer, an animating bubble-chart tool acquired by Google, and the Dollar Street project to show how people live on different income levels. She also wrote the bestselling book Factfulness with Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling, with whom she also co-founded Gapminder. Anna has a Bachelor Degree in Photography and a Masters Degree in Social Sciences with a major in Sociology.

 

Creating homo
galaxias

Christopher E. Mason Weill Cornell Medicine   Even if we cure all disease, halt dangerous climate change and restore the environment, humans have at most 7.5 billion years left before the sun engulfs the Earth – which is why Christopher E. Mason believes we must get off our planet. He'll present the latest data from NASA’s twin study, which are informing a 500-year vision for humans expanding to Mars and beyond.  Christopher’s lab develops and deploys new biochemical and computational methods in functional genomics to elucidate the genetic basis of human disease and physiology. This includes creating integrated molecular portraits of genomes, epigenomes, transcriptomes and metagenomes to establish the molecular foundations and genetic defenses for enabling people to survive in space and on other planets. Christopher is Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Christopher E. Mason
Weill Cornell Medicine

Even if we cure all disease, halt dangerous climate change and restore the environment, humans have at most 7.5 billion years left before the sun engulfs the Earth – which is why Christopher E. Mason believes we must get off our planet. He'll present the latest data from NASA’s twin study, which are informing a 500-year vision for humans expanding to Mars and beyond.

Christopher’s lab develops and deploys new biochemical and computational methods in functional genomics to elucidate the genetic basis of human disease and physiology. This includes creating integrated molecular portraits of genomes, epigenomes, transcriptomes and metagenomes to establish the molecular foundations and genetic defenses for enabling people to survive in space and on other planets. Christopher is Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Explaining
global change

Stephan Mergenthaler World Economic Forum   Social media, oceans, blockchain, migration... the connections between global issues and developments are hard to see, but essential to understand for effective decision making. Stephan Mergenthaler will outline the World Economic Forum’s efforts to communicate the complex interconnections and interdependencies that characterize today’s global political economy.  Stephan is responsible for analysis of global transformations and has developed a dynamic knowledge tool to monitor and understand the factors driving change across industries, economies and global issues. Aimed at supporting more informed decision-making by leaders, these maps visualize connections between 120+ topics and surface the most relevant research and analysis on these links. Stephan is currently Head of Strategic Intelligence and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

Stephan Mergenthaler
World Economic Forum

Social media, oceans, blockchain, migration... the connections between global issues and developments are hard to see, but essential to understand for effective decision making. Stephan Mergenthaler will outline the World Economic Forum’s efforts to communicate the complex interconnections and interdependencies that characterize today’s global political economy.

Stephan is responsible for analysis of global transformations and has developed a dynamic knowledge tool to monitor and understand the factors driving change across industries, economies and global issues. Aimed at supporting more informed decision-making by leaders, these maps visualize connections between 120+ topics and surface the most relevant research and analysis on these links. Stephan is currently Head of Strategic Intelligence and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

Getting to the guts
of health & disease

Karen Nelson J. Craig Venter Institute   Our bodies are a complex ecosystem where human cells are the minority and microbes the vast majority. Karen Nelson will expose this microbiome, and how its bacteria and other micoorganisms affect our health – not only infectious disease but also metabolic disorders, chronic disease and aging.  Karen has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology and metagenomics – including leading the first human metagenomics study. In addition to studying the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions, her current research also includes metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, reference genome sequencing and analysis primarily for the human body, and other -omics studies. Karen is President of the J. Craig Venter Institute.

Karen Nelson
J. Craig Venter Institute

Our bodies are a complex ecosystem where human cells are the minority and microbes the vast majority. Karen Nelson will expose this microbiome, and how its bacteria and other micoorganisms affect our health – not only infectious disease but also metabolic disorders, chronic disease and aging.

Karen has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology and metagenomics – including leading the first human metagenomics study. In addition to studying the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions, her current research also includes metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, reference genome sequencing and analysis primarily for the human body, and other -omics studies. Karen is President of the J. Craig Venter Institute.

 

Personal
Genomics Policy

Spencer Wells    Insitome   Consumer genetic tests are mainstream, genetic modification may soon be, and more and more people have their DNA sequence – or that of a relative – online. Spencer Wells will discuss this new era of personal genomics and the complex issues it raises.  Spencer launched the National Geographic’s Genographic Project, which maps the history of human migration by analyzing the DNA of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The project helped kick-off the consumer genomics industry – in which Spencer remains active through Insitome, the company he founded to provide genetic tests revealing the story of people’s ancestry. Spencer is also a popular science author and documentary film-maker, as well as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Spencer Wells
Insitome

Consumer genetic tests are mainstream, genetic modification may soon be, and more and more people have their DNA sequence – or that of a relative – online. Spencer Wells will discuss this new era of personal genomics and the complex issues it raises.

Spencer launched the National Geographic’s Genographic Project, which maps the history of human migration by analyzing the DNA of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The project helped kick-off the consumer genomics industry – in which Spencer remains active through Insitome, the company he founded to provide genetic tests revealing the story of people’s ancestry. Spencer is also a popular science author and documentary film-maker, as well as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin.

transforming lives
with virtual reality

Mavi Sánchez-Vives Institute of Biomedical Research Augusto Pi y Suñer (IDIBAPS)   Our brain has a remarkable plasticity to accept virtual bodies as our "own" under certain conditions, becoming embodied-virtual bodies. Mavi Sánchez-Vives will demonstrate how this powerful immersive virtual reality tool can help change people's behaviors – and even treat medical conditions.  Mavi uses virtual reality to understand how the brain creates an internal representation of the world and of ourselves. Her lab combines immersion in virtual environments with behavioral and physiological measures to investigate how input from different sensory streams sculpts such representation – as well as how virtual environments can be used in medical and therapeutical applications. Mavi is ICREA Research Professor and head of the Systems Neuroscience group at the Institute of Biomedical Research Augusto Pi y Suñer (IDIBAPS).

Mavi Sánchez-Vives
Institute of Biomedical Research Augusto Pi y Suñer (IDIBAPS)

Our brain has a remarkable plasticity to accept virtual bodies as our "own" under certain conditions, becoming embodied-virtual bodies. Mavi Sánchez-Vives will demonstrate how this powerful immersive virtual reality tool can help change people's behaviors – and even treat medical conditions.

Mavi uses virtual reality to understand how the brain creates an internal representation of the world and of ourselves. Her lab combines immersion in virtual environments with behavioral and physiological measures to investigate how input from different sensory streams sculpts such representation – as well as how virtual environments can be used in medical and therapeutical applications. Mavi is ICREA Research Professor and head of the Systems Neuroscience group at the Institute of Biomedical Research Augusto Pi y Suñer (IDIBAPS).

From wheelchair
to walking

Grégoire Courtine Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)   Several paraplegics can now walk again – thanks to precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant and intensive neurorehabilitation. Grégoire Courtine will illustrate the technology and journey behind this incredible break-through, as well as the next steps to turn this proof-of-concept into commonly available treatments.  Grégoire is a pioneer in radically new approaches for restoring motor function after spinal cord injury. In addition to developing multifaceted neuroprosthetic systems, robotic interfaces, and advanced neuroregenerative interventions and neurorehabilitation procedures, his work also seeks to uncover the neural mechanisms underlying locomotion control and the processes that reestablish motor functions after neuromotor disorders. Grégoire is Associate Professor in the Center for Neuroprosthetics and the Brain Mind Institute, EPFL.

Grégoire Courtine
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Several paraplegics can now walk again – thanks to precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant and intensive neurorehabilitation. Grégoire Courtine will illustrate the technology and journey behind this incredible break-through, as well as the next steps to turn this proof-of-concept into commonly available treatments.

Grégoire is a pioneer in radically new approaches for restoring motor function after spinal cord injury. In addition to developing multifaceted neuroprosthetic systems, robotic interfaces, and advanced neuroregenerative interventions and neurorehabilitation procedures, his work also seeks to uncover the neural mechanisms underlying locomotion control and the processes that reestablish motor functions after neuromotor disorders. Grégoire is Associate Professor in the Center for Neuroprosthetics and the Brain Mind Institute, EPFL.

 

Designing sustainable
landscapes

Claire Kremen University of British Columbia   Claire Kremen believes the protected area paradigm of separating people from nature is not enough to preserve our planet’s species and habitats. Using examples from across the world, she will show how biodiversity- and ecosystem-based management of farmlands and rangelands complements protected areas to maintain biodiversity, provide habitat connectivity and improve climate change resilience, while sustaining the capacity for food production.  Claire investigates the nexus between sustainable agriculture, protected areas and ecosystem services – aiming to reconcile human resource use with biodiversity conservation. Her current research focuses on the ecological, social and economic benefits, costs and barriers to adoption of diversified farming systems, and on designing sustainable working landscapes. Claire is the President's Excellence Chair in Biodiversity as well as Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Claire Kremen
University of British Columbia

Claire Kremen believes the protected area paradigm of separating people from nature is not enough to preserve our planet’s species and habitats. Using examples from across the world, she will show how biodiversity- and ecosystem-based management of farmlands and rangelands complements protected areas to maintain biodiversity, provide habitat connectivity and improve climate change resilience, while sustaining the capacity for food production.

Claire investigates the nexus between sustainable agriculture, protected areas and ecosystem services – aiming to reconcile human resource use with biodiversity conservation. Her current research focuses on the ecological, social and economic benefits, costs and barriers to adoption of diversified farming systems, and on designing sustainable working landscapes. Claire is the President's Excellence Chair in Biodiversity as well as Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Drones for smarter
food & water

Matthew McCabe King Abdullah University of Science and Technology   High-resolution data collected by drones and shoe-box satellites herald a new era in environmental sensing. Matthew McCabe will describe how this advanced aerial imaging, combined with machine learning, helps grow better quality crops and improves water management.  Matthew’s research focuses on issues related to water and food security, climate change impacts, precision agriculture, water resources monitoring and modeling, and the novel use of technologies for enhanced Earth system observation. He is Professor of Remote Sensing and Water Security at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Matthew McCabe
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

High-resolution data collected by drones and shoe-box satellites herald a new era in environmental sensing. Matthew McCabe will describe how this advanced aerial imaging, combined with machine learning, helps grow better quality crops and improves water management.

Matthew’s research focuses on issues related to water and food security, climate change impacts, precision agriculture, water resources monitoring and modeling, and the novel use of technologies for enhanced Earth system observation. He is Professor of Remote Sensing and Water Security at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Rethinking
city design

Saskia Sassen Columbia University   Once home to the poor and middle class, city centers around the world have transformed into high-end offices, exclusive housing, expensive retail – and a lot of empty buildings. Saskia Sassen will explain the factors behind this change, and her vision for open and inclusive urban areas that return cities to all people.  Saskia’s studies of cities, immigration and states focus on three themes: inequality, gendering and digitization. She discovered the rise of a new urban economy which she named the “global city” and co-authored the Quito papers, a new manifesto for 21st century urban planning. Her latest book,  Expulsions , is out in 15 languages. Saskia is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought.

Saskia Sassen
Columbia University

Once home to the poor and middle class, city centers around the world have transformed into high-end offices, exclusive housing, expensive retail – and a lot of empty buildings. Saskia Sassen will explain the factors behind this change, and her vision for open and inclusive urban areas that return cities to all people.

Saskia’s studies of cities, immigration and states focus on three themes: inequality, gendering and digitization. She discovered the rise of a new urban economy which she named the “global city” and co-authored the Quito papers, a new manifesto for 21st century urban planning. Her latest book, Expulsions, is out in 15 languages. Saskia is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought.

 

HARNESSING
Citizen Science

Amplifying
the impact of scientific innovations

Amplifying
the impact of scientific innovations

Anne Bowser The Wilson Center   The world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign, Earth Challenge 2020, aims to engage millions of people to collect and share 1 billion data points on air and water quality, biodiversity, pollution and health.  Anne Bowser will describe how the project brings together existing communities, builds capacity for new activities and advances our knowledge of environmental and human health. Anne is helping to launch Earth Challenge 2020, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a critical milestone in planetary health. Her research seeks to understand and mobilize public participation in science, technology, and policy, with a focus on citizen science technologies and the role of data standards and interoperability. Anne is Director of Innovation at The Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program.

Anne Bowser
The Wilson Center

The world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign, Earth Challenge 2020, aims to engage millions of people to collect and share 1 billion data points on air and water quality, biodiversity, pollution and health.

Anne Bowser will describe how the project brings together existing communities, builds capacity for new activities and advances our knowledge of environmental and human health. Anne is helping to launch Earth Challenge 2020, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a critical milestone in planetary health. Her research seeks to understand and mobilize public participation in science, technology, and policy, with a focus on citizen science technologies and the role of data standards and interoperability. Anne is Director of Innovation at The Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program.

Stefan von Holtzbrinck  Holtzbrinck Publishing Group   Stefan von Holtzbrinck is CEO of the family-owned Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. He has 20 years' experience in science communication, including 3 years as MD of Nature Publishing Group. The Holtzbrinck Publishing Group has majority holdings in Springer Nature (of which Stefan is Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Digital Science, DIE ZEIT and Macmillan, and investments in Holtzbrinck Ventures, Frontiers, AMBOSS, GSV AcceleraTE and Rethink Education fund. Stefan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Max Planck Society.

Stefan von Holtzbrinck
Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Stefan von Holtzbrinck is CEO of the family-owned Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. He has 20 years' experience in science communication, including 3 years as MD of Nature Publishing Group. The Holtzbrinck Publishing Group has majority holdings in Springer Nature (of which Stefan is Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Digital Science, DIE ZEIT and Macmillan, and investments in Holtzbrinck Ventures, Frontiers, AMBOSS, GSV AcceleraTE and Rethink Education fund. Stefan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Max Planck Society.

Mehmood Khan  Life Biosciences   Mehmood Khan is CEO and Board Member of Life Biosciences Inc, where he provides strategic direction and operational oversight. He was previously Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development at PepsiCo and President of Global R&D at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Before moving into industry, Mehmood had a distinguished medical career, including as a faculty member in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School where he served as Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutritional Trials Unit.

Mehmood Khan
Life Biosciences

Mehmood Khan is CEO and Board Member of Life Biosciences Inc, where he provides strategic direction and operational oversight. He was previously Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development at PepsiCo and President of Global R&D at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Before moving into industry, Mehmood had a distinguished medical career, including as a faculty member in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School where he served as Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutritional Trials Unit.

 

Amplifying
the impact of scientific innovations

Amplifying
the impact of scientific innovations

The emerging
Open Science ecosystem

Bracken Darrell  Logitech   Bracken Darrell is President and CEO of Logitech, the largest Swiss consumer electronics company with CHF 3 billion in annual revenues. He is responsible for the company’s strategy for growth and profitability, for the vision for the brand as well as for the company’s operations. Logitech has been a top performer on both the Nasdaq and Swiss stock exchanges. The company value has risen by over 500 percent in the past seven years as the company has moved from PC peripherals to new categories and new brands.

Bracken Darrell
Logitech

Bracken Darrell is President and CEO of Logitech, the largest Swiss consumer electronics company with CHF 3 billion in annual revenues. He is responsible for the company’s strategy for growth and profitability, for the vision for the brand as well as for the company’s operations. Logitech has been a top performer on both the Nasdaq and Swiss stock exchanges. The company value has risen by over 500 percent in the past seven years as the company has moved from PC peripherals to new categories and new brands.

Henry Markram  Frontiers   Henry has pioneered simulation neuroscience as a new path to understanding how the brain works. As Professor of Neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), he founded the Brain Mind Institute, the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain Project, a €1 Billion European initiative to simulate the brain. His research has shifted from experimentally reverse engineering neocortical tissue to developing a software ecosystem and algorithms to convert biological data into detailed digital reconstructions of brain tissue.

Henry Markram
Frontiers

Henry has pioneered simulation neuroscience as a new path to understanding how the brain works. As Professor of Neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), he founded the Brain Mind Institute, the Blue Brain Project and the Human Brain Project, a €1 Billion European initiative to simulate the brain. His research has shifted from experimentally reverse engineering neocortical tissue to developing a software ecosystem and algorithms to convert biological data into detailed digital reconstructions of brain tissue.

Frederick Fenter Frontiers   Open Access publishing will transform the research-innovation cycle, providing obvious benefits to all researchers, as well as to their institutions, funders, learned societies, and broader research communities. Fred Fenter will present a high-level view of this transformational potential and how it supports the open-science ecosystem that is now rapidly emerging.   Fred is the Executive Editor of Frontiers, supervising the entire Frontiers journal portfolio and being directly involved in all strategic projects. He served as publishing consultant during Frontiers’ launch phase in 2006–2008, rejoining in 2013 in his current role. An active advocate for Open Science, Fred frequently organizes and participates in a variety of advocacy events and roundtables. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard and then worked in academia (CNRS, EPFL) before moving into academic publishing in 1997.

Frederick Fenter
Frontiers

Open Access publishing will transform the research-innovation cycle, providing obvious benefits to all researchers, as well as to their institutions, funders, learned societies, and broader research communities. Fred Fenter will present a high-level view of this transformational potential and how it supports the open-science ecosystem that is now rapidly emerging.

Fred is the Executive Editor of Frontiers, supervising the entire Frontiers journal portfolio and being directly involved in all strategic projects. He served as publishing consultant during Frontiers’ launch phase in 2006–2008, rejoining in 2013 in his current role. An active advocate for Open Science, Fred frequently organizes and participates in a variety of advocacy events and roundtables. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard and then worked in academia (CNRS, EPFL) before moving into academic publishing in 1997.

 

Science
Unlimited

Kamila Markram Frontiers   We urgently need new solutions for clean energy, sustainable development and healthy living. Kamila Markram will outline how open science can guide artificial intelligence to exponential innovation that solves these critical challenges – and any other the human race may face.   Kamila is a Neuroscientist and Autism Researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Co-founder and CEO of Frontiers – where she developed one of the world's largest and most impactful Open Science Platforms. As part of continuous innovations to this online platform – including a transparent and collaborative review process, a scalable publishing engine and article impact metrics – Kamila is now focusing on how AI can empower human decision-making to further improve the way science is reviewed, published, evaluated and disseminated to both researchers and the general public.

Kamila Markram
Frontiers

We urgently need new solutions for clean energy, sustainable development and healthy living. Kamila Markram will outline how open science can guide artificial intelligence to exponential innovation that solves these critical challenges – and any other the human race may face.

Kamila is a Neuroscientist and Autism Researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Co-founder and CEO of Frontiers – where she developed one of the world's largest and most impactful Open Science Platforms. As part of continuous innovations to this online platform – including a transparent and collaborative review process, a scalable publishing engine and article impact metrics – Kamila is now focusing on how AI can empower human decision-making to further improve the way science is reviewed, published, evaluated and disseminated to both researchers and the general public.

From launch to
leader

Mirjam Curno  Frontiers   Frontiers has been launching and developing journals for over 10 years, offering authors a high-quality publishing venue for their amazing research. Mirjam Curno will show why we are the 4th most cited academic publisher in the world – because our journals are built with data-driven insights, involve the best editors and showcase groundbreaking Research Topics, that create visibility and impact.   Mirjam oversees Journal Launch and Development as well as Peer Review at Frontiers. She joined in 2014 as Journal Manager, led the Frontiers Editorial Office from 2015 and became Publishing Director in 2019. Mirjam works together with her teams on journal strategy and quality standards, and liaises closely with the other departments at Frontiers to deliver our mission to make science open.

Mirjam Curno
Frontiers

Frontiers has been launching and developing journals for over 10 years, offering authors a high-quality publishing venue for their amazing research. Mirjam Curno will show why we are the 4th most cited academic publisher in the world – because our journals are built with data-driven insights, involve the best editors and showcase groundbreaking Research Topics, that create visibility and impact.

Mirjam oversees Journal Launch and Development as well as Peer Review at Frontiers. She joined in 2014 as Journal Manager, led the Frontiers Editorial Office from 2015 and became Publishing Director in 2019. Mirjam works together with her teams on journal strategy and quality standards, and liaises closely with the other departments at Frontiers to deliver our mission to make science open.

Benchmarking
peer review

Marie Soulière  Frontiers   One of the main challenges in scholarly publishing is to maintain research integrity, manuscript and peer review quality standards with larger volumes of submissions. Marie Soulière will highlight how Frontiers surpasses industry benchmarks compared to global standards, in the quality and efficiency of our peer review process, the services we provide, and our user satisfaction ratings.  Marie joined Frontiers in 2013, after a postdoc in Chemical Biology, and has been leading the Peer Review Department since 2016. Passionate about open science and innovation, strongly inspired by the Frontiers vision, she leads cohesive, enthusiastic and dedicated teams working to maintain high quality peer review and ethical standards for all manuscripts, and on delivering the best service to users.

Marie Soulière
Frontiers

One of the main challenges in scholarly publishing is to maintain research integrity, manuscript and peer review quality standards with larger volumes of submissions. Marie Soulière will highlight how Frontiers surpasses industry benchmarks compared to global standards, in the quality and efficiency of our peer review process, the services we provide, and our user satisfaction ratings.

Marie joined Frontiers in 2013, after a postdoc in Chemical Biology, and has been leading the Peer Review Department since 2016. Passionate about open science and innovation, strongly inspired by the Frontiers vision, she leads cohesive, enthusiastic and dedicated teams working to maintain high quality peer review and ethical standards for all manuscripts, and on delivering the best service to users.

 

Powered by
technology

Daniel Petrariu  Frontiers   Technology plays a key role in our vision of a truly open science world. Daniel Petrariu will talk about how the Frontiers Open Science platform enables our award-winning, rigorous peer review process while providing maximum data insights, and how AIRA (our Artificial Intelligence Review Assistant) supports our editors and staff in making the best decisions throughout the process.  Daniel is responsible for the Frontiers Open Science Platform. This includes the development and launch of innovative new digital tools and services for researchers as well as operational tools that enable Frontiers staff. He joined Frontiers’ Product Management team in 2013, which he has led since 2015. In 2019 he became Product Management Director overseeing the Publishing Platform, Data Products, Data Science and Design teams.

Daniel Petrariu
Frontiers

Technology plays a key role in our vision of a truly open science world. Daniel Petrariu will talk about how the Frontiers Open Science platform enables our award-winning, rigorous peer review process while providing maximum data insights, and how AIRA (our Artificial Intelligence Review Assistant) supports our editors and staff in making the best decisions throughout the process.

Daniel is responsible for the Frontiers Open Science Platform. This includes the development and launch of innovative new digital tools and services for researchers as well as operational tools that enable Frontiers staff. He joined Frontiers’ Product Management team in 2013, which he has led since 2015. In 2019 he became Product Management Director overseeing the Publishing Platform, Data Products, Data Science and Design teams.

Communication for innovation

Chantelle Rijs Frontiers   Did you know that 30% of research papers never get cited? Effective science communication is crucial to ensure academic communities learn about the latest discoveries – spurring further discussion, collaboration and innovation. Chantelle Rijs presents how Frontiers’ Open Science platform and post-publication services for authors has been developed for maximum visibility and impact.  Chantelle leads a team of communications and public relations experts working to disseminate research and support Frontiers’ mission to make science open. As an Open Access advocate, she joined Frontiers in 2010 and held various positions in Product Development, Strategy and Communications. She managed the launch of the Frontiers Community Platform, the Frontiers Research Network and Loop, before taking over as Head of Communications in 2017.

Chantelle Rijs
Frontiers

Did you know that 30% of research papers never get cited? Effective science communication is crucial to ensure academic communities learn about the latest discoveries – spurring further discussion, collaboration and innovation. Chantelle Rijs presents how Frontiers’ Open Science platform and post-publication services for authors has been developed for maximum visibility and impact.

Chantelle leads a team of communications and public relations experts working to disseminate research and support Frontiers’ mission to make science open. As an Open Access advocate, she joined Frontiers in 2010 and held various positions in Product Development, Strategy and Communications. She managed the launch of the Frontiers Community Platform, the Frontiers Research Network and Loop, before taking over as Head of Communications in 2017.

Calling for
transparency

Ronald Buitenhuis  Frontiers   From the start, we have advocated for a functional and transparent marketplace for publishing services - one that puts the true costs of these services, and their value propositions, in full public view. Today still, the approach to negotiating contracts using non-disclosure agreements to secure "Big Deal" contracts continues to hinder progress. Ronald Buitenhuis will show how Frontiers' policy of transparency is helping researchers make informed decisions, while bringing benefits of open science to universities, national consortia and funders.  Ronald joined Frontiers in 2016 and leads the Research Topic team and Frontiers’ collaborations with universities, funders and national consortia. Previously he worked for 6 years for Elsevier as Sr. Manager Publishing Solutions. He has an IT degree and has worked for 14 years within the publishing industry.

Ronald Buitenhuis
Frontiers

From the start, we have advocated for a functional and transparent marketplace for publishing services - one that puts the true costs of these services, and their value propositions, in full public view. Today still, the approach to negotiating contracts using non-disclosure agreements to secure "Big Deal" contracts continues to hinder progress. Ronald Buitenhuis will show how Frontiers' policy of transparency is helping researchers make informed decisions, while bringing benefits of open science to universities, national consortia and funders.

Ronald joined Frontiers in 2016 and leads the Research Topic team and Frontiers’ collaborations with universities, funders and national consortia. Previously he worked for 6 years for Elsevier as Sr. Manager Publishing Solutions. He has an IT degree and has worked for 14 years within the publishing industry.

 

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