Sharif Policy Research Institute
Ali Maleki is the vice-president and a faculty member of the Sharif Policy Research Institute (SPRI), affiliated with Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. He has taught several courses in the fields of science and technology policy, public policy and research method at Iranian top universities, including Sharif University of Technology. His research interests include Regional Smart Specialization, Public Policy, Science and Technology Policy, Economics of Innovation, and Research Policy.
Japan Science and Technology Agency
Asako Okamura is Project Researcher and staff member of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. Former Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) analyst and fellow at Centre for Research and Development Strategy of Japan Science and Technology Agency. Her research is focused on science, technology and innovation policy.
Center for Higher University Studies
Carmelo Polino is Coordinator of the Area of Perception and Communication of Science. Researcher at the Observatory of Science, Technology and Society of the Center for Higher University Studies of the OEI, and of the Network of Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT). University of Oviedo. Master in Communication and Culture of Science and Technology from the University of Salamanca. Master in Science, Technology and Society from the National University of Quilmes. Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oviedo. Official Master of Science Studies from the His areas of study are the sociology of science communication, social perception of science, scientific culture and citizen participation. On these topics, he coordinates research projects at the regional level and has made various publications in books and science journals.
University of British Columbia
Gunilla Öberg is inspired by her deep knowledge in chlorine biogeochemistry, environment and sustainability, and her experience as a leader of complex interdisciplinary research and education. Her research deals with the production and use of science for policy focusing on sustainable sewage management in growing urban areas. Dr. Öberg also pursues innovations in undergraduate science education focusing on how to learn/teach science literacy beyond content knowledge, including: navigating the gap between the scientific practice and science studies; recognizing the limits and context-dependence of science; effective use of historic and contemporary cases and student peer review.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Marcela Lozano-Borda is a professor of the Department of Communication of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She coordinated the Colciencias (National Department of Science and Technology) social appropriation of science area, where she led the design and formulation of the national strategy.
Arizona State University
Michael Bernstein explores ways to align human pursuits of science and technology with long-term societal interests, like sustainability. Drawing on a range of descriptive and participatory social science research methods, Michael collaborates with science and engineering educators, students, researchers, national and local policy communities, businesses, and civil society organizations across a variety of scientific and technical domains (e.g., nanotechnology, global climate change, nuclear waste management). Michael currently focuses the majority of his time with the Visualizing and Quantifying the Social Contribution of Future Business team of the Global KAITEKI Center at Arizona State University.
Hefei University of Technology
Mu Rongping had been working as teacher in Hefei University of Technology from 1983-1990, and has been working at the Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) since 1990. Dr. Mu is now director-general and professor of Institute of Policy and Management (IPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), director-general of the CAS Center for Innovation and Development, editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Research Management (an academic bimonthly). Besides, he is also collaborating editor of Science Technology & Society (bi-annually, published by SAGE), Vice President and Secretary-General of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society (CHIPS), Vice President of the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research.
Stellenbosch University / CREST
Nelius Boshoff is an NRF-rated researcher who specialises in studies of (1) research utilisation and the societal impact of research, (2) research collaboration and (3) bibliometrics with a focus on Africa. At CREST, where he is employed as an associate professor, he participated in various large-scale projects using both quantitative and qualitative methodology and contributed to a number of monitoring and evaluation studies. He is also the academic coordinator of the postgraduate program in Science and Technology Studies that is offered by CREST.
Peta Ashworth is the Director of the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, and Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at The University of Queensland (UQ). Professor Ashworth brings over thirty years’ experience working in a range of senior management, consulting and research roles. Prior to joining UQ in 2016, Peta worked as a consultant to industry, as Research Group Leader at CSIRO, and in senior executive roles for the Body Shop.