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Naomi Penfold

ORCID 0000-0003-0568-1194 LinkedIn naomipenfold
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My focus


At work, I am a Funding Programme Designer at Science Practice. I work with funders to design more inclusive, transparent, and strategic grantmaking and philanthropy sector. Key skills: qualitative research, programme design, event facilitation, communications.

My previous experience includes: academic research in biomedical science (PhD, 2017, University of Cambridge), supporting the early-career researcher community and promoting open science and transparency in research communication / science publishing (eLife, 2016-2018, 2020; ASAPbio, 2018-2020; mentor, Open Life Science, 2020; advisor, PREreview, 2018-2020; fellow, CSCCE Community Engagement Fellowship Program (CEFP 2019)).

2020-11 - 2022-04 Funding Programme Designer @ Science Practice
2020-02 – 2020-10 Community Manager (maternity cover) @ eLife
2018-10 – 2020-01 Associate Director @ ASAPbio
2016-11 – 2018-10 Innovation Officer @ eLife
2016-02 – 2016-11 Events Coordinator @ eLife

Professional Development

Dryad Board of Directors Treasurer (2020-ongoing) during 2019-2022 term on Board of Directors for Dryad, a non-profit open research data repository
Open Life Science community mentorship Mentor for Open Life Science, a 15-week mentoring & training program for Open Science ambassadors, for cohort 1 (January-April 2020) and cohort 2 (September-December 2020. Check out Cass Gould van Praag’s amazing work asOpen Science Community Engagement Coordinator for the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford & find her on GitHub; Look out for Harriet Natabona Mukhongo (Twitter), Brenda Muthoni Twitter and Jelioth Muthoni, who taught me how to be both a learner and a critical friend.
UAL Service Design Short Course, Summer 2020 7-week online course by Megha Wadhawan, University of Arts London, introducing service design and key methodologies and principles, June-August 2020.
Transition to Line Management course Training given via Cambridge Network, delivered by Des Williams and Debby Lewis, DG International - introducing key concepts for line management and people-first approach, June-July 2020.
CSCCE CEFP 2019 fellowship Scientific Community Engagement Fellowship by CSCCE, including learning about community management best practices and theory, developing strategy and a handover document for ASAPbio ambassadors, and running a survey of community members across 14 scientific communities to understand why people start contributing, what helps them stay, and why they may leave (see ‘Busy Bees’ at https://www.cscce.org/cefp/cefp-project-teams/) - and see the cohort celebrate our graduation
PREreview advisor Advisory committee (2018-2020) for PREreview, a platform and community project to crowdsource peer reviews on preprints

Events and talks

Slides and recordings for ASAPbio talks are available from asapbio.org/resources

Event Location Date Role Description
eLife Online Research Talks 2020 Online March-April 2020 Lead organiser Online science talks in place of in-person talks for travel award winners during COVID-19 pandemic
eLife Community Ambassadors 2019-2020 Online Feb-June 2020 Staff lead Responsible for delivering programme from month 10 of 14, including summary blogs and community calls for Q3 and Q4 – see highlights of the programme co-produced with Miranda Nye here; full programme set up and coordinated by previous staff
eLife Innovation Leaders 2019-2020 Online Feb 2020 Speaker 15-minute talk on ‘Establishing a shared vision’ (slides); programme summary blog
ASAPbio Jan 2020 workshop EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK Jan 20, 2020 Lead organiser and speaker 32-person, 2-day workshop for stakeholders to take stock and set next priorities in problem space; 15-min talk about the ASAPbio preprint server directory research with Jamie Kirkham, Fiona Murphy and others; Talk slides, accompanying data and preprint, plus workshop blog and resulting report (release blog)
FORCE2019 Edinburgh, UK Oct 16, 2019 Panel organiser 1-hour talk panel with Dario Taraborelli (CZI), Theo Bloom (The BMJ and medRxiv), Amye Kenall (Springer Nature) and Humberto Debat (National Institute of Agricultural Technology, Argentina) - slides, blog & follow-up dinner report blog
ZMBP Annual Student Symposium 2019 near Tubingen, Germany Sep 24, 2019 Speaker and workshop facilitator 25-min talk (slides, .pptx) and 1-hour workshop (slides, .pptx) to ~30 PhD students from Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tubingen (closed event) to learn about preprints
eLife Innovation Sprint 2019 Cambridge, UK Sep 4-5, 2019 Project lead (participant) Pitched project idea and co-led team with Daniela Saderi to develop ‘Hidden Gems’, a demo website to reveal preprints with fewer views to subvert the attention economy of well-connected networks - see ‘Equitable Preprints’ in blog with links
Neuroinformatics 2019 Warsaw, Poland Sep 1-2, 2019 Keynote speaker 25-min talk to ~100 people at annual INCF conference about preprints - slides
WACCBIP annual symposium 2019 Accra, Ghana Jul 24, 2019 Speaker 15-minute talk on ‘Preprints: an opportunity for African Science?’ (slides; video)
FAIR Science Edinburgh University of Edinburgh, UK June 4, 2019 Speaker Preprints as part of the open science toolbox, presented to attendees of a reproducible research one-day workshop at Uni of Edinburgh - slides
CCBI Annual Symposium Cambridge, UK May 15, 2019 Speaker slides
University of Cambridge Lunch & Learn Cambridge, UK April 26, 2019 Workshop organiser & lead no notes
OpenCon 2018 Toronto, Canada Nov 2-4, 2018 Regional workshop co-lead with Katerina Dima Workshop session link
MozFest 2018 London, UK Oct 26-28, 2018 Activity support to co-organisers Stuart King and Elsa Loissel Hello, do you hear me? The other side of open science proposal
FORCE 2018 Montreal, Canada Oct 2018 Attendee no notes
Wholetale workshop Chicago, US Sep 13-14, 2018 Lightning Talk Slides on reproducibility
Software Deposition Workshop Oxford, UK July 11, 2018 Speaker Slides
CCBI Annual Symposium Cambridge, UK May 16, 2018 Speaker no notes
eLife Innovation Sprint Cambridge, UK May 10-11, 2018 Creator + lead organiser Collaborative event for open-source technologists + open science enthusiasts to prototype for open science - summary webpage
Better Science Ideathon MIT Boston, US April 23, 2018 Participant no notes
Sage Assembly Seattle, US April 19-21, 2018 Participant no notes
Collaborations Workshop 2018 Cardiff, UK Mar 26-28, 2018 Speaker ‘Sustainability in research communication’ - video, slides; also runner-up in team hackday project
Hack24 Nottingham, UK Mar 10-11, 2018 Participant no notes
OpenCon 2017 Berlin, Germany Nov 11-13, 2017 Member of organising committee, Regional workshop co-lead with Chris Hartgerink Workshop notes
MozFest 2017 London, UK Oct 27-29, 2017 Activity organiser & facilitator ‘Blockchain for research: opportunity or hype?’ discussion proposal; ‘Open science public park’ exhibition proposal; Open science soapbox lunch session – blog on eLife Labs cross-posted from my Medium
Hack the Midlands Birmingham, UK Sep 23-24, 2017 Participant no notes
Science Disrupt London sessions London, UK Sep 14, 2017 Panel speaker Slides
Open Science Fair 2017 Athens, Greece Sep 6-8, 2017 Poster no notes
Mozilla Global Sprint London, UK June 1-2, 2017 Participant no notes
ODSC East Boston, US May 3-5, 2017 Participant no notes
csv,conf,v3 Portland, US May 2-3, 2017 Speaker Slides


Academic works (preprints, articles, peer review reports) are collated at https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0568-1194.



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2016 - PhD in Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge 2012 - MRes, University of Cambridge 2011 - BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

v1 of this resume was assembled by Emmy Tsang with <3 and kindness