Jon Beer

CTO and Co-founder, Zapnito
  • Zapnito
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  • United Kingdom
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.
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.
Staffan Jan Normark

Senior Professor, Karolinska Institutet

Senior Professor of Medical Microbiology at Karolinska Institutet. Performing pioneering work on genetic engineering, molecular biology, and microbial pathogenesis, since the 1970s. Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since July 2010.
Scott A Rice

Associate Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

A/Prof. Rice’s research programme is centered on how and why bacteria form matrix encased biofilms. The goal of such research is to define the molecular pathways that control the biofilm life-cycle, with a particular interest in those processes that regulate the switch between planktonic and biofilm growth. Such knowledge can be used to manipulate the biofilm in a directed fashion to either encourage or discourage biofilm formation as needed. His group works on a variety of biofilm systems, ranging from single species populations to increasingly more complex multispecies systems, which are more representative of natural biofilms. Current projects include the continued development and investigation of a simple three species biofilm consortia, focusing on the mechanisms and consequences of microbial interactions. He is also keenly interested in how bacteriophage may contribute to the development of biofilms, as opposed to their role as killing agents. Predation is a primary environmental factor responsible for the killing of bacteria and A/Prof. Rice is investigating how bacteria respond to predators. Another aspect of his research focuses on the application of nitric oxide, a bacterial signal, to control biofilm formation for medical and industrial applications.
Kamila Tyran

Communities Executive , Nature Publishing Group

Taking care of the Nature University community; if you are looking for advice, inspiration or some handy tips, you’re in the right place. My background is Psychology and with experience in both the Product Office and Editorial I’m working on defining the best practices in managing online communities, creating engaging content and encouraging the collaboration.
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.
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
Emma Green

Director, Delta Think

My focus is mainly (but not exclusively) on the STM market, looking at ways in which Zapnito can help support and develop STM publishing business models. I trained as a scientist in developmental genetics at Newcastle university, received my postgraduate degree from University of East Anglia, and spent three years at Brown University in the US. I have almost 20 years' experience in STM publishing, having worked for Springer and then Nature Publishing Group, in roles including Associate Publisher for the physical science journals and Head of Digital Tools and Services. I have two young boys, am a governor at their school, and I teach five year olds to learn to read.
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.
Ciaran O'Neill

Product Manager, Nature Publishing Group

Joe Bennett

Head of Publishing, Nature Research and BMC

Reya Silao

Director, Global Sponsorships, Springer Nature

Matt Hall

Creative Director, Zapnito

Creative Director at Zapnito. Former Design Lead at Sporting Index and Senior Designer at Informa Business Information. Over 9 years experience in UX/UI design and front end-development.

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.