Science Commons Symposium – Pacific Northwest

The Future of Science

Join us on Saturday February 20th for an all-day event on using collaborative technologies to accelerate scientific discoveries.

We have brought together an all-star list of experts and leading minds to shed some of their wisdom with us — all united by a common passion for knowledge sharing in its various applications and definitions. You don’t want to miss this!

Our stellar lineup of speakers includes:

Stephen Friend
– Founder and President of Sage, a non-profit research organization that’s revolutionizing how researchers approach the treatment of disease

Peter Binfield – Publisher of PLoS ONE, an innovative online scientific journal and influencial leader of the open access movement

John Wilbanks – VP of Science Commons, an organization dedicated to making it easier to share scientific data and materials

Heather Joseph – Executive Director at SPARC and champion of Open Access

Antony Williams – VP of Strategic Development for the Royal Society of Chemist, Founder of Chemzoo and a leader in the domain of free access chemistry

Jean-Claude Bradley – Associate Professor of Chemistry at Drexel University and pioneer of the Open Notebook science effort

Cameron Neylon – Open Science evangelist, biophysicist and leading advocate of data availability

Peter Murray-Rust – Founder of Blue Obelisk, a group of chemists dedicated to Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards

The symposium will be held on the Microsoft campus in Redmond Washington. Breakfast pastries, coffee breaks, lunch and an evening reception will be provided thanks to the generous support of Microsoft.

Science Commons Symposium – Pacific Northwest
9:30am to 5:30pm February 20th
Microsoft Campus, Redmond WA

Tickets are available online

More about the speakers …

John Wilbanks is the VP of Science Commons. John and the Science Commons team help people and organizations from every part of the scientific ecosystem lift legal and technical barriers to research and discovery.

He came to Creative Commons from a Fellowship at the World Wide Web Consortium in Semantic Web for Life Sciences. Previously, he founded and led to acquisition Incellico, a bioinformatics company that built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical research & development. Previously, John was the first Assistant Director at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School . He is a research affiliate at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the project on Mathematics and Computation. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central, the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Open Knowledge Definition, and the International Advisory Board of the Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Communities awards.

Heather Joseph is the Executive Director at SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. She leads SPARC’s advocacy efforts to support widespread adoption of open access to scholarly research.

Before joining SPARC, Heather served as President and Chief Operating Officer for BioOne. Under her leadership, BioOne focused on helping small scholarly societies in the biological sciences remain independent and competitive in the electronic arena, while maintaining academy friendly access policies. For her work in successfully launching and establishing BioOne, Heather was awarded the 2002 Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ Award for Services to Not-for-Profit Publishing. She has also served as elected president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Antony Williams is a leader in the domain of free access chemistry. He is the VP of Strategic Development for the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the founder of ChemZoo Inc., the original host of ChemSpider prior to acquisition by RSC.

He is the Vice President of Strategic Development at the Royal Society of Chemistry and is the host of ChemSpider, a free online structure centric community for chemists. ChemSpider began as a hobby project in a basement and went on to become one of the most popular Chemistry websites with the highest quality of data available online. Antony spent over a decade in the commercial scientific software business as Chief Science Officer for ACD/Labs, one of the domain leaders in scientific software. He is an accomplished NMR spectroscopist with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. During his career he was the NMR Technology Leader for the Eastman-Kodak company and has worked in both academia and national government research institutions.

Jean-Claude Bradley is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the E-Learning Coordinator at Drexel University.

He leads the UsefulChem project, an initiative started in the summer of 2005 to make the scientific process as transparent as possible by publishing all research work in real time to a collection of public blogs, wikis and other web pages. Jean-Claude coined the term Open Notebook Science to distinguish this approach from other more restricted forms of Open Science. The main chemistry objective of the UsefulChem project is currently the synthesis and testing of novel anti-malarial agents. The cheminformatics component aims to interface as much of the research work as possible with autonomous agents to automate the scientific process in novel ways.

Cameron Nyelon is a biophysicist who has always worked in interdisciplinary areas and is a leading advocate of data availability.

He currently works as Senior Scientists in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility where research and development work is focused on developing and improving methods for the low resolution structural determination of membrane proteins and the development of mixed high/low resolution approaches for structural determination of biomolecules. He is the author of the well-respected blog Science in the open : an openwetware blog on the challenges of open and connected science

Stephen Friend is the founder and president of Sage, a not-for-profit medical research organization designed to revolutionize how researchers approach the complexity of human biological information and the treatment of disease.

He has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship at the Whitehead Institute.  In 1994, Stephen was recruited by Nobel Laureate Dr. Leland Hartwell to join the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Seattle Project, an advanced institute for drug discovery. While there, Drs. Friend and Hartwell developed a method for examining large patterns of genes which led them to co-found Rosetta Inpharmatics. In 2001 Rosetta was acquired by Merck and Stephen joined Merck as the Senior Vice President in charge of Oncology and remained there until March of 2009 when he left Merck to found Sage.

Peter Binfield is the Publisher of the online academic journal PLoS ONE, one of seven titles from the not-for-profit publisher, the Public Library of Science (PLoS). He is a respected innovator and analyst in the fields of scholarly publishing (both Open Access and mainstream/subscription), and scientific communication, and has been with PLoS since March 2008.

Since it’s launch, in December of 2006, PLoS ONE has rapidly grown to become one of the most influential, and certainly one of the largest, journals of any kind (Open Access or ‘ traditional’). Most recently, PLoS has pioneered the concept of article-level metrics (which aid both authors and readers by providing data in such areas as online usage, citations, social bookmarks, comments, notes, ratings, and blog coverage) and Peter has also been centrally involved in this program.

Originally a physicist by training, Peter is a ‘career publisher’ and possesses a wide range of experience in all aspects of scholarly publishing, gained in a variety of major publishing houses over the last 15 years (such as the Institute of Physics, Kluwer Academic, Springer, SAGE, and now PLoS). He will share his views on the importance of PLoS ONE and the game-changing nature of article-level-metrics; on the rapid developments that are occurring in this industry; on the potential to accelerate scientific communication and new discoveries; and on a variety of new tools that are now being applied to this field.

Peter Murray-Rust is an accomplished chemist, a faculty member of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge, a leader in the Open Data movement, and a founding member of the Blue Obelisk organization.

Currently a Reader in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College, Peter Murray-Rust is brings an interdisciplinary approach to research in several interesting areas including: managing molecular information, the use of computers in communication, text- and data-mining of scientific literature, computational chemistry and the creation of a chemical semantic web. Murray-Rust and his team created and continue to develop Chemical Markup Language (CML) and related tools such Chem4Word – a free, open-source extension for Microsoft Word that enables the authoring and rendering of semantically-rich chemistry information in Word 2007 documents.