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Jacqueline Broerse, VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research, UK
    • Simon Denegri is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Director for Patients and the Public in Research and Chair, INVOLVE – the national advisory group for the promotion and support of public involvement in research funded by NIHR. He was Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) from 2006 until 2011. His professional background is in public engagement, communications and public affairs in the public and private sectors. He has a long-standing personal and professional interest in the needs and priorities of people with dementia and their carers and also mental health. He blogs about the public and health research at

Keri Facer, University of Bristol, UK

Ian Grosvenor, University of Birmingham, UK

  • Budd Hall, University of Victoria, Canada
    • Budd HallBudd shares the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education with Dr. Rajesh Tandon of PRIA in New Delhi, India. He is also a Professor of Community Development, an Associate in the Centre for Global Studies and a Senior Association with the Institute for Study and Innovation in Community University Engagement at the University of Victoria. His most recent book is Strengthening Community University Research: Global Perspectives as an open access book from
  • Rick Holliman, Open University, UK
    • Rick HollimanRichard Holliman is Professor of Engaged Research in the Faculty of Science at the Open University, UK. He is an advocate of multi-disciplinary, evidence-based approaches to embedding and enhancing practices of engaging research. His research explores: 1) developments with digital technologies and how they mediate interaction and online activity, influencing and extending opportunities for participation and collaboration; 2) the evolving nature of media industries as they adapt to and drive monetised innovation within an increasingly digital ecosystem; and 3) the ways in which the greater visibility and value afforded to stakeholders and publics is shifting and extending academic scholarly practices. Combining these research lines he served as the Open University Champion for Public Engagement with Research from 2012 to 2015. Richard is currently leading the Engaging Opportunities project, a School-University Partnership Initiative involving the Open University and the Denbigh Teaching School Alliance in Milton Keynes. (Photograph courtesy Ellen Perrone.)

Xerxes Mazda, Head of Collections, National Museum of Scotland

  • Patrick Middleton, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK
    • Patrick MiddletonPatrick Middleton is Head of Engagement at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He has developed, delivered and commissioned a raft of different engagement activities from travelling exhibitions to science festivals to deliberative public dialogue projects. He works closely with academics to support them in their engagement, for instance delivering public engagement training and supporting institutions to use public dialogue to make more informed decisions. Patrick is a reviewer for UK and international public engagement grant schemes and was once a plant biologist.

Dave Wolff, University of Brighton, UK

  • Ann-Gel Palermo, Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, USA
    • AnnAnn-Gel S. Palermo has worked in the field of public health and medical education with a principal focus on issues related to social determinants of health using a community-based participatory research approach, health outcomes disparities, and healthcare workforce diversity issues. Dr. Palermo is community activist researcher. Since 1999, Dr. Palermo has served as the chair and co-founder of the Harlem Community & Academic Partnership (HCAP;, a 501c3 organization and a diverse partnership of community residents, and representatives from community based organizations, public health and academic organizations with a community-driven and action-oriented approach to health research and health policy that is based on the social determinants of health. HCAP’s main purpose is to study and improve health in underserved communities with community based organizations, academia, public health practitioners, and policy makers in a collaborative and co-learning process that stresses systems development, community capacity building, and balancing research and action.

      Dr. Palermo also serves as the Board Chair Community Campus Partnerships for Health, a board member of the East Harlem Community Health Committee, is the former Board Chair for the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center, and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2006, Dr. Palermo was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives, a federal advisory committee, made up of members of the public, who advise the NIH Director on issues related to public input and participation in NIH activities, public input and participation in the NIH research priority setting process, and NIH outreach programs and efforts. She served as Co-Chair of the COPR’s Role of the Public in Research Work Group.

      Dr. Palermo has presented her work the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association since 2003, federal and state public health agencies including the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and academic institutions such as Hunter College, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, and Columbia University.  Dr. Palermo has co-developed curriculum on developing and sustaining community-academic partnerships as well as co-authored papers on CBPR which have been published in journals such as Health Behavior and Education, Public Health Reports, and the American Journal of Public Health.

      Dr. Palermo earned a Masters of Public Health degree (majoring in Health Policy) from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health in 1999 and a Doctorate of Public Health at the City University of New York Graduate Center School of Public Health at Hunter College in 2012. Dr. Palermo’s full-time roles include serving as Chief Program Officer for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion of the Mount Sinai Health System and as Associate Director of Operations for the Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs (CMCA) at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The CMCA aims to eliminate health disparities through a nationally recognized center structure using innovative, integrative, and coordinated approaches in the areas of community, patient care, education, and research; to improve the health of all populations by diversifying the health care workforce; and by influencing health policy and research. Dr. Palermo also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics.
  • Rajesh Tandon, PRIA, India
    • Rajesh Tandon, IIT, IIM, is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development, founded Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organisation providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia in 1982 and continues to be its Chief Functionary. He has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the prestigious UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.

      After completing electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Dr. Tandon obtained a gold medal in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. He later pursued his PhD in organisational science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, a marked departure from physical science subjects. A pioneer of participatory research, he has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. Dr. Tandon has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals.

  • Mike Cuthill, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
    • Professor Michael Cuthill was recruited to the University of Southern Queensland in 2012 with the task of consolidating institutional research strength in the broad area of regional community systems research, a designated key research area for the university. He was selected for this position based on his impressive achievements during his seven years as Director of the Community Engagement Research Centre at the University of Queensland, and his six years at the Gold Coast City Council, where he managed the Social Policy and Research Section at one of Australia’s largest local governments. Prof Cuthill has maintained a clear vision as to the role of community based research in supporting development of evidenced based policy, informed planning processes and ‘best practice’ operational initiatives. He has clearly articulated in his extensive list of publications, and international keynote presentations, his vision for engaged research that brings together public, private and community sector stakeholders in collaborative knowledge exchange processes.

  • Cissi Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Sweden
    • Cissi Askwall is Secretary General of VA (Public & Science, in Swedish Vetenskap & Allmänhet), a Swedish non-profit association aimed at promoting dialogue between researchers and the public. Her professional background combines journalism, communication, public engagement and public involvement in research.  She has a diploma in Journalism from the University of Gothenburg and extensive experience as a news journalist and communications expert. Between 1996 and 1999 she managed the CultureNet Sweden project, aimed at increasing access to Swedish cultural life and institutions through the Internet. After that, she worked as Head of Communications at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences until 2004 when she joined VA as Communications Director. She became Secretary General of VA in 2011. Cissi is a member of several international expert and advisory groups and the vice president of European Science Events Association, Eusea.
  • Ken Skeldon, Aberdeen, UK
    • Ken SkeldonKen is Head of Public Engagement at the University of Aberdeen. His passion for public engagement began through his research career, supported by personal Fellowships from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. When based at the University of Glasgow, Ken’s research was in lasers and optoelectronics, most recently in the area of medical spectroscopy for healthcare applications.

      In 2005 he took a sabbatical from full time research when he was awarded a NESTA Fellowship for public engagement. Over this period he was involved in outreach projects around the world, including India, Australia and the Middle East.

      Ken is a past winner of the Royal Institution / Nature Sci-Art prize and an Associate of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement at the University of the West of England. In 2013 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association. In 2012 he received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to public engagement with science.

      Ken currently Chairs the Board of Directors of Satrosphere – Scotland’s first Science Centre. At the University of Aberdeen, he jointly led the RCUK Catalyst Project. Ken’s team supports staff and students to engage with wider society, coordinating a vibrant through the year programme of community engagement accessible to schools and the public. This includes large scale public engagement initiatives such as the University of Aberdeen May Festival, European Researchers’ Night Scotland and the 2012 British Science Festival, held in Aberdeen.