Science, People & Politics, editorial advisers in July 2018

Helen Gavaghan, 2018.
Helen Gavaghan, editor
Since 2005

Dr Ferdinando Patat

Dr Ferdinando Patat (left)
editorial adviser
since September, 2016.

Martin Redfern

BSc (hons)
Adviser since

Graham Dutfield

Left. Professor Graham
since 2014

Fred Pearce FRSGS
To Come.

Helen Gavaghan, Editor. Helen Gavaghan is a journalist, science writer, editor, author, website creator and publisher. She won an Alfred P Sloan Foundation Science Writing Fellowship in 1991. She also won a pan-Euroepan invited competitive tender to research and write the first history of EUMETSAT, an official account based on the IGO's records, many of which were not then in the public domain. Helen founded Science, People & Politics in 2005. Her first book was published in New York, by Copernicus, a trade imprint of Springer Verlag. Helen has advised the London Science Museum, TDAP, Eumetsat, BBC 4, contributed to encylopaedias, and written for most of the major English language science press. She has been US correspondent for Le Journale International de Medecin and Washington correspondent of New Scientist, and Washington DC biomedical research policy correspondent for Nature. She was UK correspondent for Biofutur.


Dr Ferdinando Patat holds a masters and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Padua, Italy. He leads the Observing Programme Office of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), an intergovernmental organisation based in Germany. Dr Patat's main research interest is Supernova explosions. He is author and co-author of more than a hundred refereed publications in international journals.

Professor Graham Dutfield, who on 1st October, 2014 joined the editorial advisery board for Science, People & Politics, holds the chair in international governance at the School of Law at the University of Leeds. Previously he was research fellow in intellectual property law at Queen Mary, University of London. He was educated at the Universities of Portsmouth, Cambridge and Oxford. His doctoral thesis was about intellectual property, and the trade in genetic resources and biodiversity conservation.

Martin Redfern, deputy editor, is a science journalist, broadcaster and author. He is a Templeton Cambridge Fellow and a three times ABSW award winner (1985, 1993 and 2005). Martin has a degree in geology from University College, London. He was a producer on the staff of the BBC and BBC World Service for 37 years, leaving in March 2012 to pursue a freelance career.

FORMER advisers

Dr Phillips Salman, from September 2006 to September 2007. Dr Salman was associate professor of English at Cleveland State University from 1974 to 1999, and he was granted emeritus status is 2002. His doctorate and masters in English literature are from Columbia University, and his undergraduate degree is from Harvard. In partnership with the poet, John Heath-Stubbs, Dr Salman wrote an intellectually challenging essay about the relationship of poetry and science which was published as an introduction to an anthology of "Poems of Science", published in 1984 by Penguin.

Ms Paula Cleggett was an editorial adviser to Science, People & Politics from 2006 to 2014. Her quiet expertise and unfailing willingness to bring, unprompted, to the editor's attention a few carefully selected matters of editorial value to the title and its aspirations has been deeply helpful. Paula is now pursuing training and a career as an artist. Her website is paulacleggett.com. Until August 2012 she was Associate Director for policy in the Office of Federal Relations of Vanderbilt University. She has worked for many years for the US Federal government, concluding her government career in the most senior non political, public relations post for NASA.

Dr Cynan Ellis-Evans was an editorial adviser to Science, People & Politics from 2006 until 26th August 2016. He is a biogeochemist with interests in astrobiology.

Click here to read an article by Cynan, written when he headed the Arctic Office for NERC. The piece complements an article about the Arctic and climate change by Dr Alun Anderson in issue one, 2014.

Curatorial visit by the site editor on 2nd July, 2018