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!

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Curator Archive

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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!



SFProcur Curator April 25-30: Dr. Jens Foell

“I believe that science literacy is one of the most important determinants of sound public and political decisions. I also believe that public awareness of certain scientific fact can improve our relationship with and behavior towards nature, health, and the justice system.”

Jens is a PhD from Germany, who works at Florida State University as a research associate. He studies the neuroscience behind psychopathy and aggression. As a supporter of science communication, he co-founded the German language edition of ‘@realscientist‘, called ‘@realsci_DE‘, a rotating curation project, showcasing scientists on twitter.

Jens believes that scientific literacy and awareness of the most important facts about nature and health are crucial for everybody living in a democratic society. During his curation he plans to talk about his work, but also to give a shout out to the many science communicators an science communication venues you might not be aware of, yet.



SFProcur Curator April 17-22: João Cão

João Cão is a cultural activist and PhD student in Philosophy of Science. He studies social participation in scientific research, using the mediation of a citizen science project as his field work. This cooperative research of the coast line of the Tagus’ Estuary brings together geologists and the inhabitants of a self-built neighborhood. During his curation he wants to take a critical approach to social progress in science.

Before he got into citizen science, João left a neurochemistry lab to do European volunteer service with socio- cultural animation in Prague. He also worked in science communication for a while. He is keen on meeting people from other cultures, and is an active member of hospitality exchange. He is also a comic book nerd.

SFProcur Curator April 10-15: Dr. Jonathan Tennant

Jon is a paleontologist, originally from Leicester in the UK. In 2017, he received a PhD for his award-winning thesis work on dinosaurs, crocodiles and other animals, from the Imperial College London. He published scientific articles on the impact of environmental change on biodiversity and extinction in the fossil record, as well as the early evolution of the ancestors of crocodiles.

Jon is passionate about open science, and published articles on Open Access and Peer Review. For the last 7 years, he has been challenging the status quo in scholarly communication and publishing, and became the Communications Director of ScienceOpen for two years in 2015. He is currently building an Open Science MOOC to help train the next generation of researchers in open scholarly practices. Furthermore he is leading the development of the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy document, and is the founder of the digital publishing platform paleorXiv.

Jon is also an ambassador for ASAPbio, Figshare, and the Center for Open Science, a scientific advisor for Guaana and ScienceMatters, a Mozilla Open Leadership mentor, and the co-runner of the Berlin Open Science meetup. He is also a freelance science communicator and consultant, and has written a kids book called Excavate Dinosaurs, complete with pop-out DIY dinos. He has just won an Open Science travel award with IGDORE to work on Open Science in Bali, and is also Executive Editor of the newly launched Open Access journal, Geoscience Communication.