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#FuturePub London - New Developments in Scientific Collaboration Tech


#FuturePub London - New Developments in Scientific Collaboration Tech

#FuturePub London is returning on March 27th! 

Free Pizza & Drinks! 

Scholarly Social at the pub after!

It's been a while! #FuturePub London is back :) And we're once again teaming up with Scholarly Social for the trip to the pub afterwards :)

The evenings are designed to be fun and informal - we aim to give opportunities to those working on new ideas and innovations a chance to present and get feedback on their ideas. And did I mention the free pizza?

We've hosted over a dozen #FuturePub events, since our first back in January 2014, and quickly became known as "a staple of the London science tech/publishing scene" (thanks Eva!).

In case this is your first time, here's how it works:

Five or six quick-fire talks cover a range of new and exciting developments in science & publishing tech.

These all fit into a one hour slot (from around 6:45-7:45pm), to keep the evening fast-paced and fun! Arrive early for pre-talk pizza and drinks! :)

The rest of the evening is then open for discussions and conversations over the remainder of the drinks and/or pizza! We get a great mixture of attendees from the research, publishing and start-up communities, and we usually head to a nearby pub to continue on into the small hours.

We have to be out of the WeWork by 9pm, so at around 8:45pm we'll all head to a nearby pub (exact choice tbc) where FuturePub morphs into Scholarly Social!

Speakers & Talks

The first four talks have been annouced! Step forward Praveen, Mihaly, Damian, Phil and Emma :)

The story of Pint of Science

Pint of Science is an annual science festival which mainly takes place in pubs and cafes. It began as an idea between two slightly naive, bored, and soon-to-be unemployed postdocs. We wanted people to know about the cool science happening behind closed lab doors (and also find out ourselves!) as well as giving scientists a platform to share what they do. By holding all our events over three days of the year we wanted people to be spoilt for choice and choose what interested them.

What started as a somewhat bonkers idea, a bit of a laugh and a one-off project to pass the time, in just a few years Pint of Science grew from events in three UK cities to a global phenomenon; during May 20-22, the festival will see 24 countries and over 300 cities taking part, bringing thousands of people together across thousands of events. I'll talk about how a community of passionate and motivated volunteers created something incredible, and where we plan to go next.

Dr Praveen Paul has a PhD in molecular neurobiology and used to be a postdoc at Imperial College London. She co-founded Pint of Science and helped it grow from a fun project between a handful of friends to a worldwide festival that has been recognised by the national media in multiple countries in just a matter of a few years. She now runs Pint of Science full time.

Heron - the first accessible map of science 

Heron’s AI-first approach enables unprecedented literature-scale examination of information, promoting experimental standardisation and initiate progress on biomedical reproducibility issues particularly afflicting interdisciplinary fields such as neuroscience.

Mihaly Kollo is a Neuroscience PhD with 15 years of experimental biology research and data science. As a researcher he runs interdisciplinary projects, on the border of molecular biology, neurophysiology, engineering and machine learning.

Research Square - a new model of publishing

Research Square is a new pre-publication platform designed to work alongside journal workflows. As a preprint server, the platform features full HTML renderings of text and figures, commenting and annotation features, and a unique system of badges to demonstrate high standards of integrity, reproducibility and statistics. But what makes the platform really unique is the way it provides journals with a way of opening up their review process, offering more transparency and control to authors. This service, called In Review, allows authors to post their work online as a preprint at submission to a participating journal, and then see detailed updates of the paper’s journey through peer review. Authors can see reviews as soon as they are submitted, and can even suggest reviewers if their paper gets stuck. This increased control has been a big hit with authors, and has led to very high uptake in the BMC Series journals we have piloted with. As a result of this success, we are rolling out to more Springer Nature journals over the course of this year.

Damian Pattinson is VP of Publishing Innovation at Research Square - a US-based company which aims to make publishing faster, fairer and more useful. He is a journal editor by training, first at the BMJ where he worked on the clinical titles, BMJ Clinical Evidence and BMJ Best Practice, and then at PLOS where he was Editorial Director of PLOS ONE. He has a PhD in neuroscience from UCL. 

Scholarcy: using AI to make research more accessible for everyone

Scholarcy uses an ensemble of machine learning and AI techniques to turn research papers into summary flashcards which you can annotate and share, with the key learning points highlighted for you. When I was back in full-time study some years before, I'd been frustrated by the number of discovery tools that would recommend what to read, but not why or how I should read them. My problem was absorbing and understanding the information in front of me. Squinting at 100s of PDFs on screen, or printing them off and going over them with a highlighter pen was not really working. I saw a need for something that would help me master the core concepts, give me the main learning points and get me up to speed on a new subject.

Around this time last year I was between jobs and was tinkering with a few project ideas in Python. Revisiting that study problem I had years before, I put together a processing pipeline that did some automated linguistic analysis on top of some machine learning libraries I was familiar with, wrapped it up into an API using Flask, and had a simple tool that would parse research PDFs, highlight what looked like important statements, and find key terms and map them to the right Wikipedia articles. Once I wrapped this in a Chrome Extension and built a simple website to promote it, interest started to grow. One year later, I'm working on it full time, I have a wonderful cofounder, and we have publishers using our API and researchers around the world using the app. Emma and I will talk about how we got there and what's coming next.

Before founding Scholarcy, Phil Gooch and Emma Warren-Jones previously worked together at RefME, a popular reference management tool. Phil has a PhD in clinical NLP and many years’ experience developing text mining solutions for the publishing, EdTech, and healthcare sectors.

Emma has many years commercial experience in the Edtech, academic publishing and information industries, launching content & discovery platforms and analytics tools to the global research community.

We still have a slot available! If you'd like to speak please drop me an email at am9obiAhIGhhbW1lcnNsZXkgfCBvdmVybGVhZiAhIGNvbQ== and we'll look to fit you in!


WeWork – Kings Place7th Floor, 90 York WayLondon, N1 9AG

or more succinctly:

When you get to King's Place, please tell reception that you'd like to go to the WeWork, and they will give you a badge to get up to the 7th floor. Someone will also be there in reception to help if needed.

Doors open at 5:30pm and the talks will kick off at around 6:45pm. We have to be out of the WeWork by 9pm, so we'll head to a nearby pub afterwards to continue the discussions with Scholarly Social :)

Space at the venue is limited, so please register for your free tickets now to reserve your place!

See you on March 27th!

Don't forget to register! :)

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