Université Joseph Fourier - Grenoble- France
Pierre Bérard is a professor of Mathematics at Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France) since 1985. He works on differential geometry and global analysis. He has also published on IST issues and served as member of national and international IST related committees. He has been the head of Cellule MathDoc, a small Grenoble based IST infrastructure which has in particular set up the NUMDAM digitization programme.
Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Born in 1959, in Rehau. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Bayreuth in 1989. In 1991, during his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he received a faculty position in experimental physics at Cornell University. From 1992 until 2005, during his tenure at Cornell he was a visiting professor at the University of California at San Diego (1999-2000). In 2003 he became a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and an Adjunct Director (2003-2005)/ Director (since 2005) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. He continues to have close ties to Cornell University, where he is Adjunct Professor of Physics and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (since 2005).
Editor / Editor in Chief New Journal of Physics (2002-2004 / since 2005); Editor Physica D (2001-2005); Member at Large, Executive Committee of the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the APS (1999-2003); Member of the Cornell University’s Library Board (1998-2006); Co-Director Program on Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology, KITP, Santa Barbara (2003)
Alexander M. Bradshaw
Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics
Alex Bradshaw was born in 1944 in Bushey, UK. After studying chemistry at the University of London he took his PhD in 1969 in physical chemistry. He qualified for a university readership ("Habilitation") in 1974 at the Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Technical University, Munich. From 1976 to 1998 he worked at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, from 1980 onwards as Scientific Member and Director. Parallel to his position at the Fritz Haber Institute, he was also Scientific Director of the Berlin synchrotron radiation source, BESSY, in the 1980’s. From 1999 to 2008 Bradshaw was Scientific Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics; he remains a Scientific Member of the Institute and is also a guest at the Fritz Haber Institute. At the Fritz Haber Institute he specialised in spectroscopic and structural characterisation of adsorbed atoms and molecules, in particular using vibrational spectroscopy and photoemission. In cooperation with Phil Woodruff (Physics Department, University of Warwick) he introduced and extensively applied the method of quantitative photoelectron diffraction using synchrotron radiation, which has since led to the determination of more than 50 adsorbate structures. He has also worked on instrumentation development, in particular for synchrotron radiation experiments. More recently, he has concentrated on photoionisation phenomena in free molecules as well as on energy questions, with emphasis on the use of nuclear fusion as an energy source. Bradshaw is Honorary Professor in experimental physics at the Technical Universities of Berlin (currently with leave of absence) and Munich, a Fellow of the Royal Society as well as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (“Leopoldina”), the German National Academy of Engineering (acatech), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea. He was from 1996 to 2002 a member of the Executive Committee of the German Physical Society and in 1998-2000 its President. He has been a member of numerous national and international evaluation panels and also chaired EU committees on large-scale facilities and nuclear fusion. Bradshaw was co-founder and first Editor-in-Chief of the "open-access" New Journal of Physics, an all-electronic journal publishing original research in all areas of physics. He has received many prizes and awards for his research, his services to the physics community and his work at the science policy level.
Head of the Max Planck Open Access Unit
Dr. Christoph Bruch, born 1963, lives in Berlin. He studied political sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and Free University Berlin. He wrote his doctoral thesis about the US Federal Freedom of Information Act. After professional positions with Free University Berlin und German Institute for Urban Studies he worked as freelance consultant and Journalist advocating access laws and laws regulating direct democracy in Germany. On the international level he was involved in the "UN World Summit on the Information Society" as a representative of the German Civil Liberties Union and temporarily as a member of the German Government delegation. In the ongoing post summit process he has been appointed ’lead moderator’ for the topic “Preservation of Scientific Data". In spring of 2007 he joined Max Planck Digital Library to become ’Head of Open Access’. He is member of the board of trustees of several NGOs, e.g Foundation "House of Democracy and Human Rights" (Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, www.hausderdemokratie.de), More Democracy (Mehr Demokratie, http://www.mehr-demokratie.de/).
Member of the Open Access Policy Team, Max Planck Digital Library
Anja Lengenfelder graduated in "Buchwissenschaft" (book sciences), German language and literature studies and biology at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany.
She wrote her Master’s thesis about the use of electronic journals and databases in biology. After her studies she worked amongst others as a trainee in the editorial department of Walter de Gruyter in Berlin.
She was member of the working group for the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) and is member of the network of the Information Platform on Open Access in Germany as well as the open access working group within the Priority Initiative by the Alliance of German Science Organisations.
Executive Director, MPI for the History of Sciences Honorarprofessor für Wissenschaftsgeschichte an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin Adjunct Professor for Philosophy and Physics at the Boston University
1983 diploma (M.S.) in physics (Freie Universität Berlin) 1983-1986 study and research in Rome, Princeton, Paris, Boston 1987 Ph.D. in mathematical physics; Technische Universität Berlin 1989-1994 assistant, then associate professor for philosophy and physics at Boston University and cooperation with the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein 1990-1992 associate of the Department of Physics, Harvard University 1991-1996 co-director, Arbeitsstelle Albert Einstein at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Educational Research 1993-1994 visiting Professor of Philosophy at the ETH, Zurich (replacement for Paul Feyerabend) and at the University of Tel Aviv Since 1998 adjunct Professor for Philosophy and Physics at Boston University Since 1994 director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Since 1995 honorary Professor for History of Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Since 2006 honorary Professor for History of Science, Freie Universität Berlin Prof. Renn is member of various national and international Scientific Advisory Boards and Editorial Boards Since 2005 member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Leopoldina
Scientific adviser to the Research Department, INRIA
On 1st March 2007, Laurent Romary is appointed as scientific adviser to the Research Department for linguistic computer science and scientific and technical information.
Laurent Romary graduated from Supelec before becoming a CNRS researcher and then INRIA Research Director. Between 1997 and 2004, he directed the Language and Dialogue project at Loria, leading research activities in the fields of man-machine communication and language processing. His involvement in the standardisation of linguistic resources led him to chair the ISO’s TC 37/SC 4 committee in 2002, before taking up the functions of Scientific Information Director at CNRS in 2005. He has been Director of the Max-Planck Digital Library. Laurent Romary has been appointed as the chairman of the scientific board of TEI (Text Encoding Intitiative) in January 2008.
Daniel Schaffer is the public information officer for TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, in Trieste, Italy. He formerly served as communications director for the University of Tennessee’s Energy, Environment and Resources Centre and was a writer and editor for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has published scholarly books with Harvard University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press and World Scientific. He has served as editor-in-chief of the policy journal Forum, and produced and scripted awarded-winning educational programmes and documentaries for public television stations in the U.S. He holds a doctorate in history from Rutgers University, USA.