Public Engagement Activities

This page is a record of our team’s public engagement activities:

  1. The 2015 Exhibition: ‘Philosophical Transactions: 350 years of publishing at the Royal Society’ (2 December 2014 – 23 June 2015):  Download the exhibition brochure. (PDF) Photo gallery of highlights from the exhibition at The Guardian‘s Higher Education Network here.
  2. Written a 26pp illustrated brochure celebrating 350 years of the Philosophical Transactions. Around 500 copies have so far (April) been distributed to fellows of the Royal Society, visitors to the exhibition, and key stakeholders in scholarly publishing.
  3. Advised on the historical content of the Royal Society’s ‘Science Stories‘ films
  4. NM advised on the historical aspects of the commentaries on famous papers, which appeared in the commemorative special issues of Philosophical Transactions (2015)
  5. AF participated (both in person and on twitter) in the series of debates on the ‘Future of Scholarly Communication‘ at the Royal Society in April and May 2015. See Storify summaries of Day 1, Day 2 and [more to come]. Aileen Fyfe was quoted in Adam Smith, ‘Royal Society and Wellcome join forces to plot revolution in peer review’, Research Fortnight, 29 April 2015, p.5
  6. AF was invited to be part of a plenary session on peer review at the meeting of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, 10-11 Sept 2015. Her presentation (both slides and audio) is available from the ALSPS website; the video of the whole session is on YouTube.
  7. AF was invited to address the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association on the topic, ‘What can history tell us about the future of academic publishing’ (Amsterdam, Sept 2015). Her presentation is available as video and slides.
  8. NM gave a talk on 20 September 2015 as part of the Royal Society’s Open Doors event.
  9. ‘Politics of Academic Publishing’ workshop, 22 April 2016 at the Royal Society, organised by CMR.
  10. Follow-on event in St Andrews after the 2016 workshop, in order to write a policy paper about the current state of academic publishing.
  11. As a result of the 2016 conference and follow-up event, publication and launch of “Untangling Academic Publishing; the History of the Relationship between Commercial Interests, Academic Prestige and the Circulation of Research”, 25 May 2017. The event has been storified, and the entire paper is free here.
  12. International Women’s Day blog post for the Vegan Society by CMR; “Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, the Vegan” (8 March 2017).
  13. Twitter activities, live tweeting at conferences, storifies of events at @ahrcphiltrans
  14. Blog posts for the Royal Society’s publication and library blogs.

    The launch of ‘Untangling Academic Publishing’ (25 May 2017)
    Celebrating 350 years of the Phil Trans back in 2015 at the Royal Society
    Our policy paper on academic publishing is launched at the British Academy in 2017
    Aileen Fyfe is introduced as keynote speaker at the 3 Societies meeting of science historians in Edmonton, Canada.