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​Professor Sarah Main joins Elsevier as Vice President for Academic and Government Relations, UK​

London | December 4, 2023

Elsevier, a global leader in information analytics and scholarly publishing, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sarah Main as Vice President for Academic and Government Relations, UK effective December 1st, 2023. 

Professor Main brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role at Elsevier. With a distinguished career in scientific research and policy, she has played a pivotal role in advancing science and promoting collaboration between academia, industry, and government. 

In her new position, Professor Main will be responsible for guiding Elsevier's scientific strategy, fostering innovation, and ensuring the company continues to contribute significantly to the advancement of global research. Her deep understanding of the scientific landscape and commitment to open science align seamlessly with Elsevier's mission to support the global research community. 

Professor Main commented on her appointment, saying, "I am delighted to join Elsevier and looking forward to the enormous opportunities its capabilities in information analytics and publishing provide to work with the scientific community to drive positive change and advance research for the benefit of society." 

Dr. Nick Fowler, Chief Academic Officer at Elsevier, expressed his enthusiasm about Professor Main joining the team, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Professor Sarah Main to Elsevier. Her extensive experience and leadership in scientific research and policy make her an invaluable addition to our team. As we continue to evolve and innovate in the rapidly changing landscape of scholarly publishing, Professor Main's insights and expertise will play a key role in shaping the future of Elsevier." 

Professor Main holds a BA in Natural Sciences, specialising in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Molecular Biology from University College London / Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. She has held various leadership roles, including as a trustee of the British Science Association and the Foundation for Science and Technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology; an Honorary Professor at University College London; and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Innovation, Policy and Society at the University of Westminster.   

Elsevier looks forward to benefiting from Professor Main's guidance as the company continues its commitment to advancing science and empowering the global research community. 

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