Featured speakers

Virginia Barbour

Featured Speaker - Virginia Barbour

Dr Virginia Barbour is the Executive Officer of the Australian Open Access Support Group She is based in Brisbane, Australia. She has a long history of working in open access publishing, having joined PLOS in 2004 as one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine, finally becoming Medicine and Biology Editorial Director of PLOS in 2014. Her training in publishing was at The Lancet where she worked before joining PLOS.

She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, then medicine at UCL and Middlesex Hospitals, London, specializing in haematology. Her DPhil was on alpha globin gene regulation at the IMM, Oxford. She undertook post-doctoral work at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

As well as being Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) she is a Director of the World Association of Medical Editors. She has been involved in a number of reporting guidelines including CONSORT, PRISMA and TIDieR statements. She is on the steering group of the AllTrials initiative. She has an academic title as Professor at Griffith University, Queensland and is also an honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.

Virginia is speaking on ‘Innovations in publishing; giving control back to authors’.

Cathy Cavanaugh, PhD.

Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is the Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation, working with education leaders and organizations around the world. Cathy’s research and publications focus on technology-empowered teaching and learning in virtual schools, online and blended learning, teacher development, mobile learning, and integration of devices into schools. Her work has been recognized for its impact with international awards.

Cathy held faculty and leadership appointments in US universities and a college in the Middle East, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar advancing e-learning in Nepal. She also directed professional development centers in the US, and was a classroom teacher in the US and Caribbean. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Education.

Dr Jean-Marc Hero

Dr Jean-Marc is a Professor in the School of Environment, and the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, Queensland, Australia.

His research focuses on conservation and biodiversity, and he has a well established national and international reputation as a leading amphibian research scientist. He leads a team focusing on causes of global amphibian declines (disease, habitat loss and pollution), amphibian adaptation and response to climate change, and more recently into the exciting new field of Conservation Physiology looking at stress hormones in response to disease (chytridiomycosis) and climate change.

In recent years his research has expanded more broadly into biodiversity conservation and establishing a system of Long-term Ecological Research sites as part of an international PPBio (Program for Planned Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research) network, and the national Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) for measuring and monitoring the impacts of climate change.

Professor Hero serves on the steering committee for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Terrestrial Biodiversity Network, and on the board of directors for Save The Frogs and Save the Bilby Fund. He also holds a prestigious international appointment as Secretary General for the World Congress of Herpetology.

Professor Hero has published well over 120 scientific works including; books, book chapters and refereed journal articles, several of which have received scholarly awards. Over the past 15 years he has supervised 33 Honours students, and 22 postgraduate (PhD and Masters) students.

Dr Jean-Marc is Introducing the Mascot (and why the survival of the earth depends on frogs).

Ingrid Mason

Featured speaker - Ingrid Mason

Ingrid Mason is a self-professed metadata nerd and technologist who has found a work-space that satisfies her interests in culture, the humanities, semantics and the web. She has interests in data, technology and research and a background in supporting: research data management; digital scholarship; digital curation, collection and preservation; digital cultural heritage; information management and business development.

Currently Ingrid works as an eResearch Analyst for Intersect Australia. Prior to this she worked as the National Project Manager for Collections Australia Network and the Project Manager for the Museum Metadata Exchange at the Powerhouse Museum.  In times gone by across the Tasman in New Zealand she has managed a university digital repository, led a web archiving team, helped with building a web curation tool and contributed to expressing and capturing the requirements for the New Zealand National Digital Heritage Archive based on the Open Archives Information System model.

Ingrid has worked as a project manager, repository manager, business analyst and librarian in the university, cultural and government sectors in Australia and New Zealand. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and Masters of Library and Information Studies (Victoria University of Wellington) and is the organising chair of the 2015 international Linked Open Data: Libraries, Archives, Museums summit being held in Sydney at the State Library of New South Wales.

Ingrid is speaking on ‘How will digital humanities in the future use cultural data?’.

Mark McCrindle

Featured speaker - Mark McCrindleMark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following, and is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award winning social researcher and engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media. He is a best-selling author, influential thought leader and TEDx speaker.

Mark is also principal of McCrindle Research, an advisory, communications and research company renown for producing valued reports and infographics for some of the world’s most influential brands. His valued research and reports, presented through data visualisations, infographics, videos and media input have developed his reputation as an in-demand communicator.

Mark is regularly commissioned to deliver key strategy sessions and advice to the boards and executives of some of the world’s leading organisations. His understanding of the key global and social trends, as well as his engaging communication style has positioned him as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator on the world stage today.

Mark is speaking on ‘Changing times, emerging generations: a snapshot of the megatrends affecting higher education’.

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