Dr. Ismael Rafols
Ismael Rafols is a senior researcher at CWTS and UNESCO Chair on Diversity and Inclusion in Global Science. He works on science policy developing novel approaches that help in fostering epistemic pluralism, broadening participation, and widening the distribution of the benefits from science. He is interested in funding portfolios and priority setting for societal challenges such as bird flu or obesity, and issues related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in health and agriculture.
Ismael has been involved in policy initiatives ‘responsible metrics’, such as the implementation of UNESCO’s Open Science Recommendations, the Leiden Manifesto, the EC Expert Group on Open Science Indicators, on or discussions on biases against research topics from the Global South in assessment and databases. Previously, he had developed indicators and mapping methods for the evaluation of interdisciplinary research, e.g. in emergent fields such as bio and nanotechnology.
He received an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU (Sussex), a BSc in Physics from the Univ. Barcelona, a PhD in biophysics from Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan) and was a postdoc in nanobiotechnology at Cornell University. Before CWTS, he worked at SPRU (Sussex) (2005-12) and Ingenio (CSIC-UPV) (2012-19). In between academic positions, he has worked on international cooperation in Oxfam and the City Council of Barcelona.
Rosa Arias is a Chemical Engineer and MSc in Energy with extensive experience in odour pollution management and citizen science. She coordinates the H2020 projects D-NOSES and NEWSERA, in citizen science and science communication, as well as the Catalan cluster of the TRANSFORM project. She is the creator of the OdourCollect App and the CEO and founder of Science for Change, a company whose mission is to bring science closer to society to address territorial challenges, promote social innovations and inform public policies. SfC uses co-creation and participatory methodologies, promoting collaborative research among quadruple helix actors. Rosa is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and a technical advisor to the Spanish initiative “Science in the Parliament”. She is passionate about the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), citizen science and the role of women in science.
Valentina C. Tassone is Assistant Professor at Wageningen University. She is dedicated to exploring deep teaching and learning approaches inviting reflexivity, an ethos of responsibility, and empowerment towards socio-ecological sustainability challenges. Her research studies take place in the context of (higher) education, community settings or society at large, and often at their crossroads. She has an interdisciplinary background, bridging environmental and sustainability sciences on the one side and educational, teaching and learning sciences on the other.