Véronique Kiermer, Nature

Speech at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility", 11.12.2014

Véronique Kiermer is Director of Author and Reviewer Services for Nature Publishing Group. She talks about controversial papers, e.g. about Mousepox, the synthetic polio virus genome, and Anthrax. She also discusses the journal’s reaction to increasing biosecurity concerns and a journal editor’s statement on scientific publication and security. She analyzes the journal’s roles as gatekeepers and possible ways out of this dilemma. Kiermer obtained her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Her postdoctoral work was in at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco, studying the transcriptional regulation of HIV. She then worked on gene therapy projects at the biotechnology company Cell Genesys before moving to Nature Publishing Group in 2004. She was the founding chief editor of Nature Methods. In 2010, she became executive editor at NPG and since 2014 she oversees the author and reviewer experience.

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