Science for Progress

because science is fundamental in the 21st century

Tweets for Progress!

@SfPRocur - Science for Progress rotating curators on twitter.

Our mission is to give the people a voice who are working on making the world better using evidence. With the twitter rocur account @SfPRocur we simply hand over the mic!

Line Up:

  • August 14 - 19: Martine Oudenhoven - @Mndarijntje
  • August 21 - 26: M. Gonzalez-Marquez‏ - @aeryn_thrace
  • August 28 - September 02: - open -
  • September 04 - 09: - open -
  • September 11 - 16: - open -
  • September 18 - 23: - open -
  • September 25 - 30: - open -
  • October 02 - 07: - open -
  • October 09 - 14: - open -
  • October 16 - 21: - open -
  • October 23 - 28: Open Science Week with Gwen Frank - @g_fra
  • October 30 - November 04: - open -
Curator Archive

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SfProcur Curator August 14 – 19: Martine Oudenhoven – @Mndarijntje

“Communication starts with listening.”

Martine Oudenhoven received her Masters degree in biology and recently became communication adviser for Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in the Netherlands.

She is involved in Open Science through her work on a FOSTER project, organising an Open Science Cafe in Athens in September 2017.

You can organise your own Open Science Cafe with this Open Science Cafe Kit!

Martine further volunteered for ScienceOnline Leiden (link in Dutch): a community that likes to experiment with science communication. Ever thought of using the story of a historical local serial killer to communicate about science? Martine helped building a whole program for a science festival around it!

Martine is very passionate about engagement and listening. She finds that in the field of science communication the focus is on ‘making things’ and ‘explaining science to the audience’ and ‘presenting’. “These things are important,”, she writes, “but in order to have an actual exchange of information or points of view, you have to be willing to listen as well”. As communication adviser and community engagement officer, therefore emphasizes on true connection and engagement. To her, being a communication adviser is often about supporting others to connect, or about facilitating dialogue and listening.

Since Martine is working for the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, she has become fascinated by particle physics. It takes place at an order of magnitude that’s so small that one can hardly imagine it, yet at the same time it is happening all around us. Martine finds it very exciting to be so close this research, and support the communication of this organization.

SfProcur Curator July 10 – 15: Susan Leemburg – @susanleemburg

Dr. Susan Leemburg is a neuroscientist from the Netherlands who now lives in Switzerland. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Zurich, she is currently looking for a new position in academic research. In the meanwhile she is working part time at the laboratory animal services center of the University of Zurich. So, during one half of the week Susan helps to make sure that everything is in place for researchers to do the best science possible. During the other half of the week she ‘writes stuff’ (grants, papers, job applications) and tries to figure out how brain activity predicts recovery after stroke.

Susan is passionate about fighting sexism, informing people about animal experiments, and about DIY science. She started Highlighter, a website to bring more visibility to the amazing women working in STEM fields in Switzerland. Other than that, she enjoys talking to people about science she finds exciting. She’d tell them why something is cool or important, “whether they like it or not :)”.

During her curation, Susan will be tweeting from Berlin, where she will have visited the “FENS Forum”, the biannual conference of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. She will tell us which topics got her excited at the conference. Other topics will be women in science, and animal experiments. And finally she wants to talk about DIY science/citizen science and how it’s not only just fun, but can be used to make the world better as well.



SfProcur Curator: July 03 – 08: Nuno Henrique Franco – @Nuno_H_Franco

Dr. Nuno Henrique Franco is Assistant Researcher at the Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, i3S (Institute for Investigation and Innovation in Health) at the University of Porto, Portugal. His research focuses on laboratory animal welfare, along with ethical, legal, social and scientific issues in animal research. His research interests also include translational science, science communication and education. In 2013, he received the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award.

Animal research is a complex topic with social, scientific, and ethical implications. We may never reach a consensus on it. But this is one of its main appeals to Nuno Henrique Franco. He is active in animal research outreach from visiting schools to participating in public debates, giving interviews, blogging, writing op-eds on mainstream newspapers, advising on politics and organising workshops on communication of animal research.

But he finds it most gratifying to talk about the scientific and ethical aspects of animal research with the many high-school and college students who visit his institute. After having talked to hundreds such visitors, he is still often asked interesting new questions. Most recently, he – together with Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório (SPCAL) and the European Animal Research Association (EARA) – has been promoting the Transparency Agreement on Animal Research, which will be signed by several Portuguese research institutes.

During his curation, Nuno Henrique Franco will address the validity of animal models, reproducible research, ethics in animal research, and societal views on the topic. It will include some history, some philosophy, and some science.



SfProcur Curator June 26 – July 01: Melanie Imming – @MelImming

open science, just science done right!

Melanie Imming is an independent consultant working on Open Science with a background in audiovisual media. She recently delivered a report FAIR Data Advanced Use Cases: from principles to practice in the Netherlands for SURFsara, the Netherlands’ national supercomputing centre. She is a member of the Knowledge Exchange task and finish group Economy of Open Science – Use cases and storytelling, lead of the engagement working group in the Dutch National Platform Open Science. For the university of Amsterdam she organises the final conference of the H2020 OpenUp project on 5-6 September 2018 in Brussels: ‘Opening Up the Research Life Cycle: Innovative Methods for Open Science’.

Melanie further volunteers in Open Science projects. For instance, she designed these stickers based on quotes from open science advocates @protohedgehog and @chartgerink that she sends around the world (still some left!). Melanie also loves to produce videos. Her passion for audiovisual media was sparked by her experience at the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision; one of the largest memory institutions of the Netherlands. Before starting her own company, Melanie was responsible for the overall management of EU projects for LIBER Europe, the association of European research libraries and Senior Project Manager at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Melanie is experienced in dissemination, communications and translating more technical themes to the greater public. Melanie has a MA in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and is always trying to make a case for the humanities.

Video by Melanie Imming: Open Science Fair 2017 from OpenAIRE on Vimeo.

SfProcur Curator June 19 – 24: Susanna L Harris – @SusannaLHarris

science is essential to our society at large, and if we don’t support the humans who study it, we aren’t supporting the science or the society.

Susanna Harris is a PhD candidate in microbiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the USA, and she runs a website to support visibility of mental health in academia (@ph_d_epression). She is really interested in supporting the people who do the science.

During the first half of her curation on @sfprocur, Susanna Harris will convey how bacteria exist all around us in incredibly complex communities. For the second half, she will focus on how and why we can support graduate student and academic Mental Health.


Susanna Harris attributes her interest in science to her father, a high school biology teacher. She spent her childhood days playing in his classroom and he constantly appreciated her asking questions, and getting her excited about the world. She decided to become a scientist about halfway through high school. They had a two-day course on bacteria and viruses in her Advanced biology class, and she thought it was ‘the coolest thing ever’. After graduating from college she became a PhD candidate, so she can answer her own questions in microbiology.

SFProcur Curator June 12-17: Linh Anh Cát – @linhanhcat

Scientists or PhD degrees are helpful outside of academia, especially in policy.

Diversity in the sciences is important because it allows us to innovate better and think of many types of solutions to a problem.

Linh Anh is a PhD candidate in ecology at the University of California (UC), USA. As the “Next Generation Public Policy Fellow” she works on science policy with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), this summer. She focuses on policy issues concerning airborne dispersal of disease, which touches on atmospheric research and agriculture/human health. Linh Anh also works on increasing the diversity of the geosciences field, which has the lowest of all STEM fields in the US. In addition to her policy work and PhD, she co-hosts the “Turn of the Tide” podcast, which gives female scientists perspectives on issues both within science, and topics on environmental justice and society.

Linh Anh is passionate about changing the stereotype that scientists aren’t “normal” people. She finds that, at least in the US, there is a disconnect between science and society. She is concerned about a lack of direct, honest communication between the public, scientists and other important parts of society, such as the media, government, or business.

During her curation week, she plans on tweeting about her meeting with staffers of the United States Congress, and also a White House tour!



SFProcur Curator May 22-27: Dr. Helena Ledmyr – @Helena_LB

“Science is awesome.”

Dr. Helena Ledmyr is a science communicator from Sweden, with a doctorate in genetics. As Head of Development and Communication at INCF (a non-profit organization advancing neuroinformatics and global collaborative brain research), Helena coordinates all communications activities, and manages strategic development initiatives. INCF has a great international community, and she particularly enjoys to interact with people from all over the world with many different specialties and interests.

Beyond her work with INCF Helena is passionate about communicating science to the public. She wants people to have an understanding of science so they can make well-informed decisions about issues concerning health, the environment, and the way they treat other people – and she has a pet peeve with pseudoscience. She is the vice chair of the Swedish Network for Science Communication (@forskom), and one of the moderators for @RealScientists.


Helena became interested in science through her grandpa. She spent her childhood summers learning everyday physics, botany, entomology, etc. from him, by watching lightning storms, helping taking care of his big garden, and observing all kinds of bugs.

After high school Helena chose the molecular biology program at Stockholm University because it mentioned DNA and Jurassic Park (true story). She then ended up in a genetics lab for her PhD, which, she says, was a lot of fun. After running out of funding during a postdoc researching gene therapy methods, Helena decided to get out of academia and do something else. She found job as a science administrator and communicator at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, where she stayed for three years. She has been working for INCF since 2010.

SFProcur Curator May 15-20: Gwen Franck – @g_fra

Gwen Franck is a ‘Jack of all Trades’ for Open Science. From Ghent, Belgium, she works with EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), partnering in OpenAIRE and FOSTER. She curates the related twitter accounts @openaire_eu and @fosterscience. She holds a masters degree in Medieval History and Political Sciences.

Gwen is specifically interested in creating tailor-made materials and events in order to reach all researchers, not only those already very familiar with Open Science tools and workflows.

During her curation, Gwen is seeking to connect with people and learn something new. She is also on the look-out for new short- to medium term assignments!


Gwen started out at Ghent University – a partner in OpenAIRE – where she became interested in Open Access publishing. As the OpenAIRE NOAD (National Open Access Desk) for Belgium, they established the information platform Open Access Belgium. Then Gwen decided to become an independent consultant. In this role she coordinated European volunteer teams working for Creative Commons, and also worked on projects for EIFL, FOSTER, PASTEUR4OA, and LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche).

SFProcur Curator May 08-13: Beth Windle – @WindleBeth

You can do anything if you work hard enough and you can convince the public to protect a species that isn’t considered to be charismatic.

Beth Windle is a freelance artist and natural science illustrator from England, with a love for hyenas. From a young age she was keen to explore and understand the many flora and fauna that share her world. Most of what she illustrates reflects this, showing the intricate details and understanding of anatomy and behaviors of her chosen subjects.

Beth is passionate about science communication, and improving the public image of hyenas. So she likes to have hard conversations about conservation.

Beth describes her career as ‘complicated but interesting’. After graduating from Plymouth University in 2015, she has spent her time freelancing and working within science communication. On twitter she created the “#thylastream” hashtag, where she shared information about the extinct Australian Thylacine. It’s been used as a teaching reference on the impacts of modern extinction. More recently she started #woopcackle where she shares information about hyenas!

This description is in parts taken from Beth Windle’s homepage

SFProcur Curator May 01-06: Dr. Lisa Buckley – @LisaVipes

excitement makes our sciences accessible!

Lisa is a paleontologist from Canada, and was awarded a PhD in Biological Sciences by the University of Alberta. She currently runs a museum and research center for a non-profit organization. In this role she manages fossil collections (caring and advocating for British Columbia’s fossil heritage). But she also conducts her own research within the research center, in particular on fossilized tracks and traces (‘ichnology’) from birds of the ‘Early Cretaceous’ era (145-99 million year old).

Lisa is passionate about communicating science, and how people do science. She shares why Cretaceous bird tracks are exciting, and why fossil heritage is such an important part of our common history! Lisa uses social media to engage the public in her twin passions of ichnology and birds. First, she runs a Twitter guessing game called #NameThatTrack, where she posts a picture of a footprint or trace. She is impressed by the level of detail that people put into their ichno-diagnoses! Second, Lisa shares her excitement about birds with #BirdGlamour, where she showcases the amazing diversity of birds, our living dinosaurs. She does that using impressive skills in cosmetics! And finally, she runs the life-in-the-sciences blog

During her curation she will share with us her excitement for ichnology and birds! And she will share her own brand of science engagement using tales of her experiences, #NameThatTrack, and #BirdGlamour!