Sabina Leonelli - Curriculum Vitae#

  • 2009 - 2010 Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice, University of Exeter: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2002 - 2007 Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: PhD in Philosophy of Science
  • 2002 - 2006 Netherlands Graduate Research School in Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)
  • 2000 - 2001 Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): MSc Philosophy and History of Science
  • 1997 - 2000 Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London: BSc History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (Hons)

Current Professional Service within the University of Exeter
  • Co-Director of Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (2013 - present)
  • Academic Lead and member of Unit Coordination Group for the department (2013 - present)
  • Chair of the Research Data Management Task Force (2019 - present)
  • Impact Case Study lead (2016 - 2021)
  • Inclusion and Diversity Officer for the department (2017 - present)
  • Member of Equality and Inclusivity college board (2017 - 2018, 2020 - present)

Current Professional Service with External Organisations:
  • Vice-President of the European Philosophy of Science Association (2019 - 2022)
  • Plan S Ambassador (2019 - 2021)
  • Editor-in-Chief of the journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (with Giovanni Boniolo)
  • Associate Editor of the Harvard Data Science Review.
  • Editorial Board member for PhilSci Archive, the book series BJPS OA Philosophy of Science Monographs (Calgary UP) and Science, Values, and the Public (Pittsburgh UP), and the journals Science, Technology & Human Values; Big Data & Society; Social Epistemology; Patterns: The Science of Data; Data; and The Reasoner
  • IUHPST Ambassador (International Union for History & Philosophy of Science and Technology) for International Council of Science project “Digital Representation of Units of Measure” (DRUM)
  • Chair of the Grene and Callebaut Prize Committee of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (2019 - 2021)
  • Adjunct Professor (2019 - 2021) within the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide
  • External Faculty of the Konrad Lorenz Institute (Institute for the Advanced Study of Natural Complex Systems), Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • Fellow (2021 - 2023) of the Stazione Zoologica di Napoli (Naples Zoological Station), Italy

Steering Board member of:
  • the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP; 2011-)
  • the European Advanced Seminar in the Philosophy of Biology (EASPB; 2011-)
  • the UK Network for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (2010-)
  • the Translational Research Exchange Exeter (2017-2020;

Member of:
  • Executive Committee of the PhilSci Archive, the Open Access archive for the philosophy of science community (2020-2022)
  • Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD, 2016-)
  • Scientific Committee of the UNIL-EPFL Center for Digital Humanities in Lausanne, Switzerland (DhCentre, 2020-)
  • UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship Peer Review College (UKRI, 2018-2021)
  • European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers (2020-)
  • Collegio docenti [external faculty]] for PhD programme “Philosophy, Science, Cognition and Semiotics”, Department of Philosophy, University of Bologna
  • Lakatos Award Selection Committee (2020-)

Scientific Advisor for:
  • the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank (2018-;
  • the European Arabidopsis Stock Centre (2014-)
  • PomBase, the database for fission yeast biology (2019 - 2021)
  • ERC Starting Grant “Digital DNA” (2021 - 2026)
  • Wellcome Trust Project “From Collection to Cultivation: Historical Perspectives on Crop Diversity and Food Security”, University of Cambridge (2020 - 2025)
  • EnergyWay/Ammagamma srl (2019 - 2021)
  • Wellcome Collaborative Grant “The Animal Research Nexus” (2017 - 2022),
  • Newton Fund Project “Kidnapping and Crime-Apping in Mexico and its Borders” (2019 - 2021)

Contact person for the World Data System of the International Council of Science, on behalf of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) (2019 - 2021).

Research Associate of the Info-Metrics Institute (

Invited Presentations:

Leonelli has featured as a keynote speaker in 44 international conferences hosted by research organisations around the world, including meetings of philosophy of science national societies in France, UK, Netherlands and Italy; major research events such as the anniversary celebrations of CIDACS in Bahia (Brazil), the Philosophy of Science Association Public Forum as well as events in the history and social studies of science, data curation, Open Science and library science.

Additionally, to date Leonelli has given 162 invited presentations to research institutions around the world (including Royal Society, British Academy, Leopoldina, National Academy of Science, World Science Forum, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Field Museum and several leading universities), and 81 contributed talks within international conferences or public outreach events.

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