Paul Ayris has been director of UCL Library Services since 1997. He is also the UCL copyright officer. He is a member of the LIBER (Ligue Internationale des Bibliothèques Europèennes de Recherche) and SPARC Europe boards. He chairs LIBER's access division, and the OAI organising committee for the Cern workshops on scholarly communication. He also chairs the UK's SHERPA management group and the JISC's NHS-HE content procurement group. He is deputy chair of the JISC's repositories and preservation advisory group. He is a member of the JISC's journals working group, of SCONUL's health strategy group and of the CURL/SCONUL joint scholarly communications group. He has a PhD in ecclesiastical history and publishes on English reformation studies.
Sarah Bridle is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer at University College London. Her main focus is cosmology research, with the aim of determining the amount and nature of dark matter and dark energy in our Universe. She has published over 30 refereed articles in 10 different journals on this topic in the past 10 years. She is co-founder and co-manager of the international cosmology discussion forum, http://www.cosmocoffee.info. She is a co-investigator of the RIOJA project with a focus on interviews of academics and publishers.
Ken Carslaw is a Professor of atmospheric science at the University of Leeds. He obtained his PhD at the University of East Anglia in 1994 and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany for 4 years before returning to the UK in 1999. His research interests include atmospheric aerosol and the impact on clouds and climate. He is an executive and co-founding editor of the European Geosciences Union journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Richard de Grijs
Richard de Grijs is a Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield. He also holds a post as honorary professor at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (China). He obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 1997, with subsequent postdoctoral appointments at the Universities of Virginia (USA) and Cambridge (UK). His research interests focus on the processes of star and star cluster formation in gravitationally interacting, colliding and "starbursting" galaxies. He is one of the Scientific Editors of the Astrophysical Journal and a member of the editorial board of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal.
Antony Lewis is an STFC Advanced Fellow working on theoretical cosmology. Antony received his PhD at the Cavendish, Cambridge and has held postdoctoral positions at DAMTP (Cambridge), CITA (Toronto) and the IoA (Cambridge).
Sam Pepler is the Curation Manager for the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) and the NERC Earth Observation Centre (NEODC). These data centres are part of the NERC network of environmental data centres funded to provide long-term management of the data generated from NERC funded research. Sam has worked at the BADC since 1996. Alongside the curation management role he is also the project manager for OJIMS and CLADDIER, two JISC funded projects looking at data publication and linking. Before working at the BADC Sam gained a PhD in atmospheric physics and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wales Aberystwyth.
Stephen Pinfield is Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham, having responsibility for a converged library and IT service. He is also Co-Director of SHERPA, a cluster of projects focusing on research and development activities for open-access institutional repositories. He has a particular interest in scholarly communication and digital library management, and publishes and speaks widely on these topics.
Stephen has a wide range of professional interests. He is a member (and was until recently the Chair) of the Joint RLUK-SCONUL Scholarly Communication Group which represents all UK higher education libraries in the area of scholarly communication and publishing. He is also a member of the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Integrated Information Environment Committee and Scholarly Communication Group. Recently, he has become a member of the Steering Group and Project Board of the UK Research Data Service (UKRDS) feasibility study, which is looking at a national solution to research data storage and curation challenges. He has also recently joined the company Board of the East Midlands Metropolitan Area Network (EMMAN Ltd). In addition, he has just completed work as a member of the European University Association working group on open access.
Stephen has a degree in History from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from University College London. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. His previous professional experience has been at the London Business School, University of Leeds and University of Birmingham.
Panayiota Polydoratou is the RIOJA Project Officer and Researcher at UCL (University College London). Her research interests lie within the broad area of digital information applications. The main focus of her research are the users of such systems and information. She received her PhD in Information Science from City University, where she has been awarded a visiting research fellowship since 2007.
Andreas Rauber is an Associate Professor at the Vienna University of Technology. He furthermore is head of the iSpaces research group at the eCommerce Competence Center (ec3). In 2001 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa as an ERCIM Research Fellow, followed by an ERCIM Research position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), at Rocquencourt, France, in 2002. In 1998 he received the ÖGAI Award of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ÖGAI), and the Cor-Baayen Award of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) in 2002. He has published numerous papers in refereed journals and international conferences and served as PC member and reviewer for several major journals, conferences and workshops. He serves on the board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL), and is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Libraries, focusing on the organization and exploration of large information spaces, as well as Web archiving and digital preservation.
Graeme Rosenberg is a member of the Research Team at the Higher Education Funding Council for England and he is actively involved in the developments in the Research Excellence Framework. Graeme has been acting as a Policy Officer for the last 8 years. He has formerly managed the National Student Survey, and currently managing the Research Excellence Framework pilot.
Ian Russell is Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). Ian joined ALPSP in October 2006 and before that was Head of Publishing at the Royal Society - the UK's national academy of sciences and the publisher of world's oldest journal. His interest in scientific publishing began at age 15 when he was a regular contributor to Scope, the magazine of the British Association of Young Scientists. He has spent over a decade and a half working for Society publishers including ten years at Institute of Physics Publishing - the last five of those managing their journals editorial operation. Ian has a degree in Physics and Astronomy from Southampton University (UK).
Hazel has been University Librarian and Director of the University Press at Cranfield University for over 9 years. Prior to that she was at Loughborough University as Head of Electronic Information Services. Hazel's research interests include electronic publishing and scholarly communication (the subject of her PhD thesis) and she has published many papers in the professional literature on digital library issues. She is very active professionally being currently on the Board of Directors of JISC Collections, Chair of the JISC Journals Working Group (which oversees national e-journal negotiations via NESLi2) and a member of the JISC E-Books Working Group. Other activities include editor of the UK Serials Group journal "Serials" and being a member of the Conference Organising Committee for the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).