Thomas Jeffries

Research Associate (Environmental Microbiology), University of Western Sydney
Selena Parker

Program Manager, Conference Series LLC

I am Selena Parker. At present I am working as the Program Manager for Microbiology conferences which is being organized throughout the world. This year we are organizing "International Conference on Microbial Ecology & Eco Systems" during September 18-20, 2017 at Toronto, Canada. Conference theme is “ New Frontiers of Invisible Bio Systems”. This interesting event is managed in such a way to provide an exclusive platform for educators, new researchers, and learners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, possibilities, and concerns adopted in the field of Microbial Ecology. Microbial Ecology 2017 will comprise an informative and exciting conference program including leading keynote speakers, poster presenters, session speakers who will be presenting their research on the topics related to Microbial Ecology. Therefore we invite you heartedly to join us at the Microbial Ecology 2017, where you will be sure to have a great experience with experts from around the world. All the important members of Microbial Ecology 2017 organizing committee look further to meet you at Toronto, Canada.
Ben Libberton

Science Communicator, Freelance

I'm a freelance science communicator, formerly a Postdoc in the biofilm field. I'm interested in how bacteria cause disease and look to technology to produce novel tools to study and ultimately prevent infection.
Jenefer Thoroughgood

Managing Director, Thoroughly Good Consulting

For nearly 20 years, I've worked in the digital media sector, with hands-on experience in editorial, marketing, sales and R&D. I'm passionate about engaging and understanding customers to develop great content and products. Formerly Chief Product & Customer Officer at Zapnito, I'm now an advisor to the company.

Grace Baynes

VP, Open Science Alliances, Springer Nature

I lead on Springer Nature's approach to alliances with the research community, to speed the transition to open science and open research by working together. Interested in all aspects of open science. I've spent  over twenty years in publishing, sixteen of those working in open research, joining open access publisher BMC in 2003, and since then in roles at Nature Publishing Group and now Springer Nature. Prior to my secondment I led Springer Nature's research data strategy, policy and product development.

Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.
Jen Thoroughgood

Former Head of Communities, Springer Nature

I'm no longer with Springer Nature so please send your community-related queries to communities@nature.com. Thanks!
Charles Thiede

CEO & Co-Founder, Zapnito Ltd.

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.

Joe Bennett

Head of Publishing, Nature Research and BMC

Mithu Lucraft

Marketing Director, Outreach and Open Research , Springer Nature

I'm lucky enough to manage a fantastic marketing team at Springer Nature who bring together market insights with market development to promote all our open products and services – books, journals and data
Mary Cloud B. Ammons

Assistant Research Professor, Montana State University

Bhabananda Biswas

PhD student, University of South Australia

Mr Biswas is currently undertaking his PhD research on the development of a cost-effective and green technology of the remediation of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) using natural minerals-microbial interactions. Since he has keen interest on environmental and applied microbiology, he is working on the mechanism of the state and the function of the mineral-microbial interface in the soil and sediments. A complete removal of hydrocarbons and their related contaminants in soil is demanded to eliminate environmental and human health risk; however, complete degradation of those compounds is a challenge. By employing an engineered and effective mineral-microbial interaction, which can form clay-microbial biofilm, a faster and more efficient removal of organic contaminants can be achieved through an enhanced role of this biofilm in bioremediation. Before his current research, Biswas has completed his master thesis on microdiversity of a soil bacterium in Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology under the European education mobility program (Erasmus Mundus master of science in marine biodiversity and conservation). He has completed his masters courses participating Ghent University, Belgium and University of Oviedo, Spain. During the master program, his focus was to learn molecular applications in environmental microbiology, which would be implemented on the environmental conservation.
Elisabeth M. Bik

Science Editor, uBiome

After receiving my PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. From 2001-2016 I worked in the laboratory of David Relman at Stanford University, where I have worked on the characterization of human oral, gastric, and intestinal microbiotas, and that of marine mammals. In 2016 I joined uBiome where we allow citizen scientists to sequence their microbiome. I also run Microbiome Digest, www.microbiomedigest.com, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field, tweet on Twitter as @MicrobiomDigest, and scan published papers for image manipulation.
Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature, Nature Research, Springer Nature

I am a geneticist by training. Having done research using classical genetics and molecular biology in a variety of model organisms I left the bench to become an editor, first for Nature Reviews Genetics and then Nature. I have worked with the research community as an editor, in a variety of roles, for over 17 years