Qiuming Cheng is a professor and the founding director of the State Key Lab of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences (Beijing). He received both his BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Mathematical Geology at Changchun University of Earth Sciences (1982,1985).
Geoffrey Boulton is Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and former Vice-Principal of the University. He is Past-President of the ISC Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and chaired the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World. He chairs the Academic Advisory Council of the University of Heidelberg, is a member of the Strategic Council of the University of Geneva and President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science. He has chaired a number of Royal Society reports.
Sir Peter Gluckman trained as a paediatrician and biomedical scientist and holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of Southampton and National University of Singapore (where he acts as chief science advisor to the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences). He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology and medicine. He has authored both technical and popular science books. He chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2017).
Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. Previously, he was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), President of the Berggruen Institute, and President of the Social Science Research Council. He taught at the University of North Carolina, Columbia University, and New York University where he founded the Institute for Public Knowledge. Mr. Calhoun’s publications address politics, economics, the impact of technology, and social change. His books include: Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China, Nations Matter, The Roots of Radicalism, and Does Capitalism Have a Future? Mr. Calhoun studied social anthropology at USC, Columbia and Manchester and has a DPhil in politics, sociology and modern social and economic history from Oxford.
Melissa Leach is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She co-founded and co-directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre (www.steps-centre.org) from 2006 – 2014.