Institution: Autorità di bacino distrettuale delle Alpi Orientali (Eastern Alps Hydrographic District)
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Francesco Baruffi was/is involved in several European projects as General Manager of the Eastern Alps Hydrographic District.

Thanks to these experiences he increased his expertise in science communication, participatory research and innovative initiatives, and especially in the development of Citizens Observatories for Water Management. One such Observatory is active in Vicenza, where citizens contribute positively in the field of emergency management. He is promoter of the application of the Citizen Observatory as a mitigation measure of the Flood Risk Management Plan in the Hydrographic District of the Eastern Alps.

He also promoted the organization of the COWM International Conference, a biennial event about the role and opportunities for active participation of citizens in monitoring and environmental policies. The conference was an opportunity of sharing applied research topics about the potential of Citizen Science in the Water Governance between universities, research institutions, local government and professionals of the water management sector.

Institution: Institution Professor of Journalism at the University of Valencia
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Carolina Moreno-Castro is a member of the advisory board of the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University and a member of the director board of the Spanish Association of Science Communication. She has published a number of works about the representativeness, the social treatment and perception of health, the science, the technology and the environment on media. She is leader of the ScienceFlows project.

She is currently carrying out her research titled Study, taxonomic and coverage of complementary, alternative, natural therapies on media and social networking. Ideas and values reported into the social imaginary. She actively participates in science popularization activities organized by the University of Valencia.

Her motivation to engage with SciShops is thanks to her working on different projects based on citizen science and in outreach activities promoting science to the society.

Institution: Malmö University, department for Urban Studies Forum for Social innovation Sweden
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Frederik Björk’s expertise includes topics such as the science shop ecosystem; participatory research; responsible research and innovation initiative.

He has participated in a pop-up science shop as part of the Social Innovation Skåne project. He is taking part in an on-going project on community gardens in collaboration with stakeholders from civil society and public administration (“Malmö Växer”) and collaborating with Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (Poland) in “Dialog” project focusing on social innovation and RRI.

On Science Shops, he says: “I strongly believe that bridging the knowledge gap between science and citizens as the most important challenge for sustainable development, and that this demands mutual enagement. Taking the research process out of the University, and co-creating research, also has the potential to reach more transformative outcomes.”

Institution: University of Cyprus
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Dr. Anastasia Constantinou is the Head of the Innovation Management Unit at the University of Cyprus. She is also involved in the activities of the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the University.

Anastasia combines an academic, industrial, business and consulting background of more than 25 years. She has played a key role in the design and development of the IDEA incubator accelerator and in the design and coordination of the IDEA structured Accelerator training. She has taught courses on entrepreneurship and innovation, business model and business plan formulation and regularly provides mentoring to Cyprus-based start-ups and spin-offs. She has played an instrumental role in the creation of two academic spin-offs in Greece and in the patenting of technologies and in the negotiating of licensing agreements in Greece and in Cyprus. She is also the main inventor of an international industrial patent.

I believe that Science Shops are filling in a research gap in a structured way and making research capabilities available to wider society. Commericalisation of the produced research results and technology transfer is a way for ensuring the sustainability of the Science Shops.

Institution: DIALOGIK non-profit organization for cooperation and communication research
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Dr. Marion Dreyer serves as Deputy Scientific Director at DIALOGIK. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. She has a wide experience on research into aspects of public and stakeholder participation, risk governance and public controversies over risk issues. Over the past 20 years she has been collaborating in numerous European research projects. She has been coordinator of the H2020 RRI-project PROSO – Promoting societal engagement in research and innovation. The main outcome of PROSO is a Support Tool for promoting the engagement of citizens and third sector actors in research and in the R&I policy in the EU.

She believes that science shops are a good way of connecting research organizations with citizens and third sector actors. For example, they can carry out or mediate research requested by citizens or civil society organizations.

Institution: Rhine Waal University / Berlin Institute of Technology
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Prof. Alexander Gerber is Chair of International Science Communication, Rhine Waal University, Research Director of the Institute for Science & Innovation Communication and Visiting Prof for Science Marketing at Berlin Institute of Technology.

He is an Information Scientist and long-time science journalist / author / film director in the area of science and innovation. Prof. Gerber has collaborated with the wider Science Shops comunity in a variety of projects and initiatives. Participatory Research is at the heart of his department’s research.

As one of the earliest forms of institutionalised science communication, the original idea for a Science Shop basically experiences a revival in the times of “RRI”. Yet the concept needs to be developed further to use all its potential for fostering true ‘Scientific Citizenship’. The main systemic challenge to me, is a structural integration of what was originally planned as a boundary organisation, to become an integral element throughout the knowledge-creation process. Putting the historic development of Science Shops into the context of today’s FabLabs and TechShops, MakerFairs and Social Innovation initiatives, whould enable us to suggest the strategic steps toward a Science Shop 2.0.

Institution: Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark
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Poul Hjorth is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Denmark. His research field is Dynamical Systems, Industrial Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. He was the Danish Coordinator for the COST action Mathematics for Industry Network (MI-NET) and a Partner in the ROSE project, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark

He has 20+ years of experience with industrial modelling, knowledge transfer and science communication. He believes that it is as vital as ever to communicate: both the excitement of science in the 21st century, but also the responsibility that citizens of democratic societies have to understand and to form opinions about scientific facts and issues.

Institution: Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation Mathematics for Industry Network (MI-NET)
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Joanna Jordan is an experienced research manager with a strong background in industrial applied mathematics. Her core expertise is in business development, team building, and knowledge exchange, at the academic-industrial interface.

She has a track record of successful funding acquisition from industry, enterprise board, national government, and EU sources. She has recruited an all-new team of consulting industrial mathematicians and support staff at the University of Bath. She has also developed and managed diverse portfolios of industrial research projects in two countries, with clients ranging from specialist SMEs to major multinationals. She has chaired the H2020-funded COST Action Mathematics for Industry Network (MI-NET).

On SciShops, she says:

I firmly believe that mathematics can change the world for the better!

Institution: Institution Associate Professor of Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg
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Dick Kasperowski’s main interests include citizen science, governance of science, participatory practices in science and the humanities and open collaborative projects in scientific work, informed by current perspectives in science and technology studies (STS). The analytical focus of his research concerns how new technologies configure relations and the development of epistemic cultures between actors claiming different experiences and knowledge; further how political and scientific representations are related to each other and how (scientific) citizenship is connected to research policy and scientific practices.

He is currently principal investigator of three projects focusing on citizen science:

“Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online; Citizen data: collecting and using data for societal change; and Arenas for building relations for co-operation through citizen science (ARCS).”

Institution: Institution Associate Professor, Sapientia University, Cluj Napoca
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Gyöngyvér Mara has extensive experience in science communication and science participatory activities. She has held a number of science popularization lectures for a wide range of audiences (including vlogging) and is chief editor of a science popularization journal.

As part of the Sparks project, she has been a local organizer of the exhibition ‘Beyond the Lab’, 8 Science Espressos, a Reverse Science Cafe and a Design Incubation Workshop.

She conducts  participatory research activities on microbial biopreparates.

The role of a University in the region is to engage in science education and also in responsible research and innovation. I consider that my duty as a university teacher is from one side to participate actively in science communication and from the other side to be involved in responsible research. Due to my profession, my objective in education is to light a fire in the heart of every individual and to show them the beauty and mysteries of nature sciences.

Institution: Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen
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Henk Mulder has been Coordinator of the Science Shop at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Groningen University since 1989. He is the current chair of the collaborating Science Shops of UG. He is also director of the Master Programme Science Education and Communication. He is one of the founders Living Knowledge, an international science shop network. He publishes and speaks regularly on science shops and public engagement with research.

As a lecturer I am teaching about responsible research and education, science communication and public engagement.

I think it is really important to make research capacity available to those that would not have access to this otherwise. Science Shops is that they offer this, while at the same time achieving benefits for student learning, bringing new topics to researchers and widening the decision base for policy makers – and create PR and implement social responsibility for their host institutes.

Institution: Observa Science in Society
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Giuseppe Pellegrini is lecturer of Science and Public Engagement at the University of Padova. He is the President of Observa Science in Society and founder of the Italian Science and Technology Society. His current research focuses on public participation and science communication with specific regard to technoscientific issues.

„In the last ten years I have been part of Science in Society research projects in which I studied public involvement processes such as Paradys, Inprofood and MORRI. 
At the moment I am part of the More-PE project, an international research aimed at mapping the culture of public engagement at research institutes. It aims to assemble a database of comparable data on aspects of public engagement at the institutional level in Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

Institution: Member of the EU.WATERCENTER – Parma University as Senior advisor in river basin management
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Francesco Puma was Secretary General of the Po River Authority and responsible for planning activities under the European Directives 2000/60 and 2007/60.

He has helped to found the Watercenter of the University of Parma. It inspires its action to scientific and technological innovation by experimenting with new approaches and methodologies, also through a continuous dialogue with institutions and stakeholders. It has scientific communication as its objective, in order to overcome the current lack of knowledge transfer to the public.

„In my professional life I have repeatedly verified that the success of the actions taken often depends on the involvement in the design of the stakeholders and of the citizens. Given the important problems we will have to face in the future in relation to climate change, I believe that many efforts must be dedicated precisely to scientific communication.

To this goal I decided to dedicate the final part of my working life.”

Institution: Associate professor at Ovidius University Constanta
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Alina Soceanu’s previous experience includes:

  • Institution Coordinator of Science Shop Constanta – member of Mother organization: INTERMEDIU network, Romania
  • Certificate of participation in the workshop: “Strengthening university-society interaction: the experience of science shops in Romania and future challenges”, Bucharest
  • Certificate of participation in summer courses “Science Shop”, Utrecht
  • Certificate of participation in Workshop: “Development Opportunities for the mediation INTERMEDIU network in Romania”
  • Science shop-Constanta
  • research project ”Man. Environment. Pollution” with highschools and local authorities
  • research activities based on environment pollution: metals, pesticides and polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons in fruits, vegetables, food, drinks, baby food, water with the contribution of local communities
Institution: Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany
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Innovation systems (and in particular the role of societal actors within them)
Participatory Futures Dialogs (Foresight)
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

Philine Warnke’s main research focus is Foresight. In terms of methodology, Foresight shares several elements with participatory research.

One of the most striking results of her research is that the involvement of societal actors is one of the core factors of change for both research and innovation. Also, formats that facilitate experimentation around socio-technical change are increasingly being considered as key elements in R&I landscapes. Finally, her research on innovation systems also reflects the movement from the triple helix (research, industry, government) to quadruple helix configurations that also recognize the contribution of civil society actors.

“Following from our theoretical insight we see Science Shops as a key node in future R&I systems due to their unique mediating function between actors from different corners of R&I landscapes. Therefore, I am highly motivated to learn more about science shops and to feed insights from our Foresight work into the project.”

Institution: University of Gothenburg, Department for Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science Arenas for Co-operation through Citizen Science (ARCS)
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Christopher Kullenberg (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor in Theory of Science. His main interests lie in understanding citizen science as an emerging form of research that expands both the methodological horizon of scientific inquiry as well as it enables new forms of participation and involvement.

He has studied various forms of volunteer engagement in science and has worked with capacity building with regards to participatory research.

He also has a strong interest in the development of digital methods and programming in the social sciences and humanities. He develops both software and methodologies that can widen the sources’ data in the context of a rapid digitalization and can promote the proliferation of open data.

On the SciShops project, he says:

„My main interest concerns the connection between citizen science and science shops. These two methods and formats already intersect on several levels but there is a lot more than can be done to synthetise their approaches.”

Institution: Environmental Social Science Research Group
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  • national contact point in Hungary for Living Knowledge Network of Science Shops
  • managing director of Environmental Social Science Research Group.
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Institution: Member of Cyprus Parliament
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From the early 1990s, Charalampos Theopemptou was involved in the NGO “Ecological Movement” in Cyprus. As a result of intense action, he was appointed by the then-president of Cyprus as the first Environment Commissioner of the island. In 2008 the newly elected President re-appointed him as a Commissioner for the Environment.

Thanks to his activity, the environment was made a major concern in all public discussions in the country. In 2013 he was awarded the Green Leader of the Year Award, the highest honour for environmental work. On the completion of the term of office, he was appointed as a lecturer at the Environmental Science and Technology Department of the Cyprus University of Technology. His contact with environmental NGOs continued and even though no longer a Commissioner, civil action groups are still seeking advice. In May 2016, he was elected as a member of Parliament for a five-year term. He is currently the vice chairman of the Parliamentary Environment Committee and a member of the Education & Culture, Transport and Agricultural committees.

On the SciShops project, he says:

I would love to be able to help with anything that promote the environment and learning.

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Institution: Wissenschaftsladen Bonn – Bonn Science Shop
Living Knowledge Network
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Norbert Steinhaus has cooperated in international projects on citizen participation in science or responsible R&I. He is peer reviewer and on the advisory board for Gateways – International Journal of community research and peer reviewer and associate editor for “Research for All”.  Since the end of 2007 he is coordinator and international contact point of LIVING KNOWLEDGE, the international Science Shop network.

He is an active member of Network Zukunftsforschung, GACER (Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research), APUCEN (Asian Pacific University Community Engagement Network), and is active in local, regional, national and international networks.

“By balancing the global with the local and bringing knowledge and society together, universities and mediating organisations such as Science Shops can play a key role in the achievement of the SDGs.

Teaching and research have to be aligned with real life problems. Public Engagement is a permanent reminder – not just a single input event.”

Institution:  CSMT Gestione Scarl
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Expert in promoting innovative projects mainly by SMEs in the field of automation, digital transformation, energy, environment, transport, ICT, health, administrations and public companies, incl. multiutility based services, new production approaches, industrial applications, integrated transport management, environment, urban development. Expert in analysis of best practices for digital / industrial applications (industry 4.0), e-based services for citizens and administrations and strategies for SMEs business support. Member of the Technical Board of experts of the Italian Ministry for the Economic Development and the Italian Ministry of University and Research. Since September 2013 I’m R&D Director within a private research centre with the major scope to promote cooperative projects and innovation merging industry and academia.

“With SciShops, I would like to further promote bottom-up innovation.”

Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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Gema Revuelta is the Coordinator of H2020 project Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation. She is Director of the Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and associated professor of Science Communication and Director of the Masters’ degree in Scientific, Medical and Environmental.

She is one of the 5 members of the “Expert Group on policy indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation” of the European Commission. She has 20-year experience in different fields from the area of SWAFS, mainly science communication, social perception of science and technology, public engagement, gender equality and, for the last 4 years, RRI.

„I value the transdisciplinary work and public engagment that science shops foster, and I would like to give my support to and get involved in this project contributing with my expertisse in science communication and RRI.„

Institution:  Cardiff University
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  • Director of hmc2, a pan-Wales centre bringing together research expertise in mathematical and computational modelling applied to health (
  • Deputy Head of School and Director of Engagement for the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.
  • Creator of three MSc programmes: MSc in Operational Research and Applied Statistics; MSc in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk; MSc in Data Science and Analytics.
  • Previously Director of MSc programmes, now Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Mathematics.
  • Active member of the UK Operational Research Society; sit on the Research Panel (2016 – ) and Publications Committee (2011 – ); Chaired the ‘OR in Schools’ national taskforce, 2005-2011.
  • Sit on HoDoMS (Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences) as OR Society representative.
  • Elected panel member of the EPSRC-KTN Review of Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences (Chaired by Professor Philip Bond).
Institution:  Vilnius University, Lithuania
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Prof. Dr. Arunas Poviliunas is Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius University. He was a member of Lithuanian Research Council, from 2013 he is the Head of the National Commission of the Research Infrastructure. From 2005 Arunas Poviliunas is national coordinator and expert the European Social Policy Network that was established to provide the European Commission with independent information, analysis and expertise on social policies. Arunas Poviliunas was leading numerous projects in the fields of participatory action research and social innovations, nowadays he coordinates the project “Introduction of STE(A)M Education in Vilnius University”. Areas of academic interests include sociology of knowledge and sociology of education. He has published more than 50 articles and 10 books on education, didactics of social sciences, and technologies of social innovations.

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One of the most familiar and popular UK voices of science and technology, Quentin is a hugely experienced host, trainer and lecturer in communication and journalism who has worked in over 60 countries running a huge range of workshops, conferences, broadcasts and meetings. He’s been described by The Times as both “the world’s most enthusiastic man” and “an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics”, and by the Daily Mail as someone whose “wit and enthusiasm can enliven the dullest of topics”.
A regular presenter of The Forum on BBC World Service he’s hosted many hundreds of radio & TV broadcasts including for over a decade fronting the UK’s most listened to science show, the live weekly Material World on BBC Radio 4 – hailed as “quite the best thing on radio” by Bill Bryson and “the most accessible, funny and conversational science programme on radio” by the Radio Times.
He also lectures on media and science communication at Edinburgh and other universities including Rhine-Waal in Germany, and is both a master-class trainer and host of the international finals of FameLab – rated as “the world’s leading science communication competition” by BBC World Service, and “the best time we’ve had in months” by Nobel prize-winning co-discoverer of DNA James Watson.

Institution:  Vilnius College of Technologies and Design (VTDK)
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Anna Aleknaviciene has an academic background in Formal Sciences, is Head of Strategic Development Department at VTDK. She is interested in promoting educational models and initiatives, strengthening the connection between academic studies and real world. She was involved in developing the concept of VTDK.hackLab laboratory for a transdisciplinary learning and the concept of Social project course linking knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students become an active society member and solve practical problems in their communities. Since September 2015 she is coordinator of the VTDK Science Shop established within the Horizon2020 EnRRICH project.

„I strongly believe that every person could contribute to a better future, everyone could be useful. Especially if to combine the expertise and focus the efforts. Science Shop is a right place to do it, it provides a nice opportunity to build collaborative groups and help communities to make some real change in everyday life.“

Institution:  University Politehnica of Bucharest
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Gabriel DIMA (male) is a professor at the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies of University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. His research fields of interest are: simulation of semiconductor processes, devices and circuits, IC design, advanced learning methodologies based on adaptive hypermedia and intelligent tutoring systems, pervasive computing, observation of education systems, policies and innovation, ICT for Development issues, university social responsibility benchmarking and implementation strategies. He has deep knowledge of European E&T systems and problematics.
He presently coordinates the ENGAGE STUDENTS Project – Promoting social responsibility of students by embedding service learning within HEIs curricula, aimed at empowering the social dimension of higher education by increasing its relevance for society through embedding service-learning as a common pedagogical approach within education and research practice.

About his motivation for being involved in project he said:

The participatory research approach aims to strengthen the PhD students’ and young researchers relationship with the community, with a view to their personal development and civic engagement. The essential elements of this approach entails the active involvement in solving a need identified in the community and intentionally providing spaces for reflecting upon the experiences. My interest is to include within the institutional human development strategy aspects related to RRI with special regards to participatory research and ethics.

Institution: University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Research Centre; Community-based Research for Sustainability Association (CRS)
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As a researcher and social activist with background in regional studies, I have been interested in merging scientific understanding with social impact for more than a decade. Since 2010 I have been heavily involved with participatory action research (PAR) processes with and for marginalized communities for empowerment and social justice – both as part of action- and participation-orientated funded research projects (e.g. EU FP7 PERARES) and as a researcher at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Research Centre, independent of any project-based, funded activities.

About his motivation for being involved in project he said:

My main interests are related to the transformation of the „conventional” scientific approach to a more democratic and inclusive process serving the social goals of social justice (most of all for voiceless, marginalized social groups) and environmental sustainability. I believe that theoretical understanding, honest (self-)critical reflection and practical experiences are all needed for meaningful knowledge production and social change. I consider both science shops and participatory action research as useful approaches (tools) that potentially contribute to such a scientific and social transformation.

Institution: Rewilding Europe
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Born and raised in a small village among the mountain ranges of central Portugal, Pedro’s interest in the natural world began at an early age. Over time, what started as a child’s natural curiosity turned into a serious academic pursuit as Pedro, after experimenting with different pathways in his early student days, eventually graduated from the University of Lisbon with a Master of Science in Biology.

As much as he enjoyed life as a scientist and researcher, spending all day in a lab was not for him. It soon became clear to him that, in order to solve environmental problems, underlying social issues need to be addressed and that, ultimately, there could be no separation between the human and the natural world. He leads a „rewilding” project in the Côa Valley region of the Western Iberian peninsula. Rewilding lets nature take care of itself without intense human management.

As for his connection with participatory reseacrh activities, he said:


I’ve been participating and promoting participatory research and community engagement as part of the work I do mostly related with conservation issues in the Northeast part of Portugal.

Institution:Newcastle University
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Prof. Mark Reed is a transdisciplinary researcher specialising in social innovation, research impact and stakeholder participation in agri-food systems. He is an author/co-author of >150 publications with >150 co-authors from 25 countries, including >100 international peer-reviewed journal articles.

He is Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation and Director of Engagement & Impact in the School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Developent at Newcastle University, in a Research England funded Chair as part of N8 AgriFood. He is based at the Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and the Centre for Rural Economy. He is a Visiting Professor at University of Leeds and Birmingham City University. He is Research Manager for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme and a member of IUCN’s international Committee on Ecosystem Management. Additionally, he runs a spin-out company, based on his research, training researchers how to embed impact in their research.