Editor-in-Chief: Jeremy Sanders CBE FRS is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs at the University of Cambridge. In the 1970s and 80s he became known for the development and application of NMR methods in chemistry and biology. Since then, he has been a pioneer in molecular recognition and supramolecular chemistry, creating model photosynthetic and recognition systems, and using templates to direct the synthesis of giant macrocycles. More recently, he has developed the concept of dynamic combinatorial chemistry, and discovered supramolecular nanotubes. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995, and received the Izatt–Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry in 2003, and the 2009 Davy Medal. He was also responsible for the University of Cambridge’s year-long 800th Anniversary celebrations, and, as PVC, 11,000 staff and environmental policy.
Registered Reports: Professor Chris Chambers is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, and Head of Brain Stimulation at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre. His main interests include an ERC-funded programme on the neurocognitive basis of self control, strategies for improving the transparency and reproducibility of research, and the relationship between science, the media, and public policy. He also writes for the Guardian psychology blog Headquarters and serves on the advisory committee of the Science Media Centre. Since 2011 he has been a fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and was the recipient of the 2007 BPS Spearman Medal. More details on Registered Reports can be found here.
Astronomy: Professor Rob Ivison is the Director for Science at the European Southern Observatory and Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh. Rob's research is focused primarily on galaxy formation, exploiting the radio, submillimetre and far-infrared wavebands to probe redshifted emission from dusty star-forming galaxies in the distant Universe. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Astronomical Society. He is one of only 109 astronomers on the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers.
Biology (whole organism): Professor Kevin Padian is a Curator at the Department of Integrative Biology and the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley. His general research interests are concerned with major evolutionary adaptations in vertebrates. He also has a strong interest in the history of evolution and its concepts. Kevin says: "I am really glad to join the Royal Society Open Science project. I served some years ago as an editor for Proceedings B and was tremendously impressed with the Royal Society staff."
Cellular/molecular biology: Professor Anne Donaldson's research is aimed at understanding the molecular machinery controlling origin initiation, replication fork progression, and chromosome maintenance. After completing her PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, Anne carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Washington. She established her laboratory as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, and in 2003 moved to the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen.
Chemistry: Professor Anthony Stace FRS is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He studies the properties of gas-phase microclusters and how collections of atoms and molecules evolve into bulk behaviour. He was awarded the Tilden medal and lectureship from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1995; elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002; and received the Aston medal from the British Mass Spectrometry Society in 2013.
Physics: Professor Miles Padgett FRS Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. In 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2014 a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2009, with Les Allen, he won the Institute of Physics Young Medal and in 2014 the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Kelvin Medal. He is now heading up one of the four UK Quantum Technology Hubs with developing new products inspired by Quantum Enhanced Imaging.
Psychology and cognitive neuroscience: Professor Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, and adjunct faculty at Yale University Medical School Child Study Center. Her research combines different methodologies in an effort to chart distinct developmental pathways to persistent antisocial behaviour. Her recent work has focused on understanding the neurocognitive deficits that predispose some children to behavioural problems. She currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Computer science: Professor Marta Kwiatkowska is Professor of Computing Systems at the University of Oxford. Marta is a computer scientist who is developing modelling and analysis methods for complex systems, such as those arising in computer networks, electronic devices and biological organisms. The distinctive aspect of her work is its focus on probabilistic and quantitative verification techniques, with a recent shift towards synthesis from quantitative specifications. Marta led the development of the PRISM model checker (www.primmodelchecker.org), the leading tool in the area and widely used for research and teaching. PRISM has been applied to study, amongst others, wireless network protocols, molecular signalling networks, DNA computation and cardiac pacemakers.
Earth science: Professor Jon Blundy FRS is a Professor of Petrology at the University of Bristol. He is best known for his research in igneous petrology, which he approaches using a combination of field observations, microbeam analysis, thermodynamics and high pressure/ temperature experimentation. He has been at the University of Bristol since 1989, initially as a postdoctoral fellow funded by NERC and the Royal Society, and from 2007 as a member of the permanent academic staff, becoming a full professor in 2004.
Engineering: Professor Kerry Rowe FRS has held the Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering since 2010 and is based at Queen's University. He has been recognized by more than 75 awards for his research and, in 2013, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering created the R Kerry Rowe Lecture to honour his seminal contributions to the development of geoenvironmental engineering. He is past president of the International Geosynthetics Society, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Structural biology and biophysics: Dr Katrin Rittinger has been a group leader at the MRC-National Institute for Medical Research in London and became a member of the Francis Crick Institute, London, when it opened in 2015. Her current research interests are directed towards understanding how reversible protein-protein interactions regulate immune and inflammatory signalling pathways, with a particular focus on the role of ubiquitination in the regulation of these processes.
Mathematics: Professor Mark Chaplain FRSE is the Gregory Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of St Andrews. His main area of research is the mathematical modelling of cancer growth and treatment – avascular solid tumour growth, immunotherapy, angiogenesis, invasion and mestastasis, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Much of his current work is focussed on what may be described as a “systems approach” through the development of quantitative and predictive multiscale mathematical models. In 2000 he was awarded a London Mathematical Society Whitehead Prize and in 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.