Lou Woodley is Director of the AAAS Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE), and Program Director for the Center’s flagship training fellowship, the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP). She works to support and research the role of individuals who build scientific communities and collaborations – community engagement managers. Her current interest is exploring how community engagement managers nurture diverse, inclusive, online communities of practice within science.
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 including work at Nature Publishing Group, The Open Knowledge Foundation, and AAAS.
Usually to be found working at the intersection of people, science and technology, Lou’s projects have included Trellis, Nature Network, the nature.com blogs, and online coverage of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and Nobel Week Dialogue. Lou has additionally organized in-person community events of various formats and sizes on both sides of the Atlantic, many of which have focused on science communication and Open Science.