Science, People & Politics, editorial advisers.

Helen Gavaghan, February 2021
Helen Gavaghan, founder and editor.

Martin Redfern
Martin Redfern.
Editorial advisor.

Fred Pearce
Fred Pearce FRSGS.
Deputy editor.

Dr Ferdinando Patat

Dr Ferdinando Patat.
Editorial adviser.

Graham Dutfield
Professor Graham Dutfield.
Editorial adviser.

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 researched and wrote the first official history of EUMETSAT. 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 the major internationa 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.

Fred Pearce is an author and journalist based in London, England. He has been environment consultant of New Scientist magazine since 1992, reporting from 67 countries. He writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper, and is a frequent lecturer, having spoken on all six continents. His next book is about forestry. Other books include Peoplequake, The Climate Files, When the Rivers Run Dry, Confessions of an Eco Sinner and The Land Grabbers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and winner of a life time achievement award from the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW).

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 26th October, 2020.