Lou Woodley is Director of the AAAS Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement – a research and training center which serves to study, champion, and train scientific community managers.
Lou is a trained molecular biologist with research experience at Cambridge University, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, and the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona. Since leaving the bench, she’s gained extensive experience in on- and offline community engagement.
Prior to joining AAAS, Lou spent 5 years overseeing Nature Publishing Group’s community projects such as Nature Network, the nature.com editorial blogs, and online coverage of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and Nobel Week Dialogue. Lou has additionally organized community-focused events of various formats and sizes, many of which have focused on science communication and Open Science. These include the Force2017 conference, SpotOn events in London and NYC, SciBarCamb and the Open Knowledge Festival 2014.