About the Center

The Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) is a research and training center to support and study the emerging field of scientific community engagement.

CSCCE is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in California, USA.

How CSCCE is funded

CSCCE is supported by funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which enabled us to establish the Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP), our initial curriculum development, and our Visiting Scholars Program.

CSCCE receives additional funding from NSF grants and from training revenue.

If you are interested in discussing how to further support our work, please contact info@cscce.org

How CSCCE is managed

The Center is directed by Lou Woodley, who has been with CSCCE since its inception. Lou reports to an advisory board that governs CSCCE’s overall activities.

The work of the Center is guided by our core values, which were co-created by CSCCE staff and community members to underpin our code of conduct (coming soon).

CSCCE’s Director

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.

Lou bridges between people, science and technology in her roles – championing both human and technical infrastructure within science. Prior to her current role at CSCCE, Lou spent over 5 years at AAAS, helping to establish Trellis – a scientific communication and collaboration platform – as well as launching the Community Engagement Fellows Program.

Before AAAS, Lou spent 5 years overseeing Nature Publishing Group’s community projects such as Nature Network, the nature.com editorial blogs, and online coverage of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and Nobel Week Dialogue. Lou has additionally organized community-focused events of various formats and sizes, many of which have focused on science communication and Open Science. These include the Force11 conference, SpotOn events in London and NYC, SciBarCamb and the Open Knowledge Festival.

CSCCE’s advisory board

Our advisory board is comprised of three core members who bring a range of perspectives to CSCCE – including academic research, social sciences theory, technical infrastructure implementation, facilitation, academic publishing, and business management. Thanks to their deep expertise, they span organizational contexts from academia to non-profits, business to startups. They have each been involved with scientific community-building for several years – managing, supporting and/or studying communities.

In the coming months we plan to create additional leadership roles in the CSCCE community to further represent the diverse range of members that CSCCE serves. More details will be forthcoming.

Amber Budden

Amber is an inaugural fellow of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program (CEFP) and a current CEFP mentor.

Amber Budden

Amber Budden is an open science facilitator, community manager and data literacy trainer based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Co-lead of DataONE and the Arctic Data Center, her focus is on data science infrastructure and in supporting community development and adoption of open science learning and best practices.

Amber’s previous research activity includes bibliometrics, publication practices and behavioral ecology. She served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Postdoctoral Association during its inception, chairing the strategic planning and publications committees.

She has a PhD in behavioral ecology from the University of Wales, a joint BSc in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Bristol and is qualified as a youth and community worker. Her postdoctoral research was conducted through the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Josh Freeman

Josh has been involved with CSCCE since its inception – including participating in strategic planning meetings and attending the CEFP2017 fellowship trainings.

Josh Freeman was the Founding General Manager of Trellis, the online collaboration platform for the scientific community built and operated by AAAS, and also was the co-Principal Investigator on the initial grants from the Sloan Foundation that created and funded CSCCE. In addition, Josh has been Chief Digital Media Officer for Science, led several start-ups, and served in a variety of roles at the Discovery Networks, AOL, and Bain & Co.



Cameron Neylon

Cameron served as a CEFP curriculum advisory committee member and CEFP2017 mentor.

Cameron Neylon is Professor of Research Communication at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University, Director of KU Research, and an advocate of open research practice who has worked in research and support areas including chemistry, advocacy, policy, technology, publishing, political economy and cultural studies.

He was a contributor to the Panton Principles for Open Data, the Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructure, the altmetrics manifesto, a founding board member of FORCE11 and served on the boards and advisory boards of organisations including Impact Story, Crossref, altmetric.com, the LSE Impact Blog and various editorial boards. His previous positions include Advocacy Director at PLOS, Senior Scientist (Biological Sciences) at the STFC and tenured faculty at the University of Southampton.

Along with his earlier work in structural biology and biophysics his research and writing focuses on the culture of researchers, the political economy of research institutions and how these interact, and collide with, the changing technology environment.