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

London | 4 December 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. 

About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, academic leaders, funders, R&D-intensive corporations, doctors, and nurses.

Elsevier employs 9,000 people worldwide, including over 2,500 technologists. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, medical education, and nursing education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on over 2,900 digitized journals, including The Lancet(opens in new tab/window) and Cell(opens in new tab/window); 46,000+ eBook titles; and iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation(opens in new tab/window) and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world. 

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