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  • Ruth Francis

    Manager of Policy and External Relations

    Springer Nature

    Ruth is a manager of policy and external relations at Springer Nature; a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing. She has previously headed up communications for open access and UK publishing at Springer Science + Business Media, and worked at Nature Publishing Group, where she lead a team that communicated research published in Nature and other NPG journals to mainstream media around the world. Before her career in publishing, Ruth promoted the research from King’s College London and at Cancer Research UK. She has a BA Hons. in English from the University of Leeds. Ruth has run media training for academics and press officers in the developing world, and was chair of Stempra, a network set up to bring together people working in science, medical, engineering and technology PR, for three years.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Qualifying Round: Camden 2015/16

DEBATE: Religious Freedom

Qualifying Round: Camden 2015/16

DEBATE: Compulsory Vaccinations

Regional Final: London North 2013/14

DEBATE: Ageing

Regional Final: East 2012/13

DEBATE: Clinical Trials

Regional Final: East 2012/13

DEBATE: European Union

Qualifying Round: Havering 2012/13

DEBATE: Embryo Screening

Qualifying Round: Havering 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

Qualifying Round: Brighton & Hove 2011/12

DEBATE: Supermarkets

Qualifying Round: Surrey 2009/10

DEBATE: Pop artists

Qualifying Round: Surrey 2009/10

DEBATE: Older Mums

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