Advisory Board

Advisory board members in alphabetical order

 Bjoern Brembs

I’m a neurobiologist studying spontaneous behavior and operant learning. I did my PhD in 2000 in Würzburg, Germany, my postdoc until 2003 in Houston, Texas and then started my own lab in Berlin in 2004. Since 2012 I’m professor of neurogenetics at the University of Regensburg. I publish about 1.5 peer-reviewed research papers each year, review for a number of journals, and handle peer-review as editor for Frontiers and PLoS One. Besides research and teaching, I advocate infrastructure reform within our institutions in order to eventually provide adequate digital support for our software, our data as well as our text summaries of them.

 Carl Folke

Professor Carl Folke is an economist with interest in environmental issues bridging between natural and social science. He is Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Carl shares the position as Editor in Chief of Ecology and Society with Lance Gunderson, as well as on the editorial board of other fifteen international journals. He is elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and on the Scientific Advisory Board of a number of other institutes. He is an enthusiast of social innovation and new technologies and as such sits in the Advisory Board of LIBRE as well.

 Plamen Ch. Ivanov

Professor Plamen Ch. Ivanov is a theoretical physicist currently appointed as associate professor at Boston University and lecturer at Harvard Medical School. His pioneering work in the application of statistical and computational physics to understand the dynamics and mechanisms of control of various complex (physical, physiological, and socio-economical) systems has led to a new emergent field, Fractal Physiology. His work has been cited more than 5500 times, with a Hirsh factor of h=32 and an average of 54 citations per publication, and has been featured in more than 40 media outlets over the years, including Nature Research Highlights, Scientific American, New Scientist, Science News, Reports of the American Institute of Physics. In recognition of his scientific contributions, in 2010 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and is also serving as Editor of several leading scientific journals (Fluctuations and Noise Letters, Europhysics Letters, Frontiers of Fractal Physiology, Journal of Biological Physics).

 Marten Scheffer

Professor Marten Scheffer is an ecologist and theoretician in the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He is member of the editorial boards of ‘Ecosystems’ and ‘Ecology and Society’, at various international Scientific Boards, and member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science. As keen supporter of novel ideas and interdisciplinary work, he is acting in the Advisory Board of LIBRE as well.

 Alma Swan

Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd <>, Director of Advocacy for SPARC Europe <>, and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship <>, an organisation of university managers around the world that promotes the principles of open scholarship and open science. She is also a director of the Directory of Open Access Journals <> and of the umbrella organisation Infrastructure Services for Open Access <>. She holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.

Alma has BSc and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Southampton, and an MBA from Warwick Business School. In her early career, she held a lectureship at the University of Leicester, teaching courses on cell biology, comparative anatomy and the biology of cancer, before moving into science publishing for eleven years. In 1996 she co-founded Key Perspectives Ltd, a consultancy specialising in scholarly communication. She was adviser to the World Bank when it developed its Open Access policy in 2011 and to UNESCO as it developed its policy in 2013. She also wrote the UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Open Access.

Alma is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and a Chartered Biologist, served three terms as an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist. She serves or has served on many advisory boards or steering committees for scholarly communication-related initiatives, conferences and projects.

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