FORCE2015 Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsor

Elsevier and Mendeley

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries, that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

Mendeley is a global research collaboration platform and academic database. Mendeley’s desktop, mobile and web applications help people to organize, share, and discover new research. Since its launch in 2009, Mendeley has grown to over 3 million users worldwide. The Mendeley API powers hundreds of third-party applications that are making science more social and open. In April 2013 Mendeley was acquired by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.
Sponsoring: Unique Ice Cream Afternoon Break Student Travel Fellowship (Platinum Sponsor)

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation believes in bold ideas that create enduring impact in the areas of science, environmental conservation, and patient care. Intel co-founder Gordon and his wife Betty established the foundation to create positive change around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our environmental conservation efforts promote sustainability, protect critical ecological systems, and align conservation needs with human development. Patient care focuses on eliminating preventable harms and unnecessary health care costs by meaningfully engaging patients and families in a redesigned, supportive health care system. Science looks for opportunities to transform—or even create—entire fields by investing in early-stage research, emerging fields, and top research scientists.
Sponsoring: Live Visual Note Taker Student Travel Fellowship (Platinum Sponsor)

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.
Sponsoring: Streaming Video Speaker Travel and ExpensesStudent Travel Fellowship (Platinum Sponsor)

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters supports the full research lifecycle for all involved in the process. Our expertise allows us to integrate and centralize data across multiple sources for reliable research and development analysis. The systematic and objective assembly of data lets administrators, researchers and faculty explore and build upon research at the institutional, regional, national and global levels.
Sponsoring: Delegate Gift Portable USB Device Battery (Platinum Sponsor)

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Our journals programme publishes the highest quality journals and delivers this research to the widest possible audience. We achieve this by working closely with our society partners, authors, and subscribers in order to provide them with publishing services that support their research needs.

Sponsoring: Streaming Video (Platinum Sponsor)


PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
Sponsoring: Speaker Travel and Expenses Student Travel Fellowship (Platinum Sponsor)

Gold Sponsor

River Valley Technologies

For 25 years River Valley Technology has been pushing the technical limits in scholarly publishing. Our latest drive is to create a full publication system in the cloud, from authoring a paper, all the way to publication. We believe current systems of “typesetting” are inefficient and we aim to change that, in the interests of faster dissemination of scholarly information.
Sponsoring: Streaming Video (Gold Sponsor)

Silver Sponsor

Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific research. We offer a range of scientific technology and content solutions that help make scientific research more efficient. Whether at the bench or in a research setting, our products help to simplify workflows and change the way science is done. We believe passionately that tomorrow's research will be different - and better - than today's. Visit
Sponsoring: Lanyards (Silver Sponsor)


CrossRef ( serves as a digital hub for the scholarly communications community. A global not-for profit membership organization of scholarly publishers, CrossRef's innovations shape the future of scholarly communications by fostering collaboration among multiple stakeholders. CrossRef provides a wide spectrum of services for identifying, locating, linking to, and assessing the reliability and provenance of scholarly content.
Sponsoring: Hack-a-Thon (Silver Sponsor)

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 49,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing our members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world. A not-for-profit organisation with a heritage that spans 170 years, we have an ambitious international vision for the future. Around the world, we invest in educating future generations of scientists. We raise and maintain standards. We partner with industry and academia, promoting collaboration and innovation. We advise governments on policy. And we promote the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science. In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are essential. They are vital in our everyday lives and will be vital in helping the world respond to some of its biggest challenges. We’re working to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity.
Sponsoring: Delegates Bag Sponsorship (Silver Sponsor)

Bronze Sponsor

Europe PMC

Europe PMC: the European Gateway to the World's Research

One site. One search. All the content.

The core mission of Europe PMC is to build open, full text life sciences literature resources and support innovation by engaging users, enabling contributors, and integrating related research data.

Europe PMC provides free access to over 29 million abstracts and 3 million full text articles including all PubMed abstracts, PMC full text articles, selected Agricola abstracts, international patents from the European Patent Office, and more. Europe PMC also offers RESTful web services to access both articles and grants, powerful search tools such as citation-count sort order and data citation features, a service to add publications to your ORCID, a variety of export formats, and an External Links service that enables any related resource to be linked from Europe PMC content.

Europe PMC is the designated repository for the open access publication mandates of 26 funders, including international organisations such as the European Research Council, and World Health Organization. It is developed by the European Bioinformatics Institute, The University of Manchester and the British Library.

Europe PMC is a fast, reliable and comprehensive resource. Based on open access and data principles, we strive to foster a sense of “collaborative community” by applying layers of value on the core full text content through engagement with users in the many roles in which they interact with Europe PMC.

You can contact us via the Feedback button at the bottom of every page, or via Twitter @EuropePMC_news.
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Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process of writing and editing scientific papers much quicker for both authors and publishers. Developed by the writeLaTeX team, it aims to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place in the cloud, from idea to writing to review to publication.
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Science Exchange

Science Exchange is a marketplace for scientific collaboration, where researchers can order experiments from the world’s best labs.

Science Exchange makes it easy for researchers to connect with the expertise and equipment they need. With over 900 verified labs listed on our marketplace, researchers can easily browse and compare 2,000+ experiments, place an order, ship their samples, and pay securely all online.
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Pensoft Publishers Ltd

Pensoft Publishers is an SME specializing in professional book and journal publishing, software development, webdesign, PR and dissemination of science news. Since its foundation in 1994, Pensoft has published more than 800 books and e-books. Pensoft has been publishing and/or carrying out dissemination and communication for several EU projects, e.g., BIOFORUM, MACMAN, ALARM, MACIS, COCONUT, EURO-LIMPAKS, RUBICODE, and MOTIVE. Currently Pensoft is a WP Leader in the FP7 projects SCALES, STEP, BESAFE, ViBRANT, pro-iBiosphere, EUBON and IMPRESSIONS. Within the FP projects, the company has specialised in dissemination, communication and publishing, as well as in designing and maintaining websites and Communication Platforms (ICP), online tools and project branding (logos, flyers, leaflets, policy briefs, posters, etc.). In 2010, Pensoft published the landmark Atlas of Biodiversity Risk, the main outcome of the FP6 project ALARM. The company publishes also several technologically advanced peer-reviewed Open Access academic journals, such as Nature Conservation, BioRisk, NeoBiota, ZooKeys, Biodiversity Data Journal.
Sponsoring: Prize - Vision Session (Bronze Sponsor)


The research community is ever more reliant on software, much of which is developed within the community. The Software Sustainability Institute supports better research by helping researchers to build and use better software.
Sponsoring: (Bronze Sponsor)


Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's website can be accessed at
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International Society for Biocuration

The International Society for Biocuration is a non-profit organization for biocurators, developers, and researchers with an interest in biocuration. The society promotes the field of biocuration and provides a forum for information exchange through meetings and workshops.
Sponsoring: Prize - Poster (Bronze Sponsor)

Travel Fellowship or Unrestricted Donation

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of $7.2 billion (FY 2014), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
Sponsoring: Student Travel Fellowship (Travel Fellowship or Unrestricted Donation)

Local Organization

Oxford e-Research Centre

The University of Oxford's e-Research Centre leads digital research and drives innovation in technology. We connect disciplines, applications and computation to accelerate research and collaboration within the University, nationally and internationally. Since its establishment in 2006 the Centre has grown to be an internationally prestigious team of over 50 multidisciplinary researchers committed to accelerating research through innovative technology.
The e-Research Centre is home to a wide portfolio of research projects in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, technology and research infrastructure development. It provides a world-leading environment that enables collaborative research, interfacing innovative technologies across academic & commercial partnerships to address the grand challenges of today and the future.
Sponsoring: (Local Organization)


Digital Science CrossRef Royal Society of Chemistry Europe PMC River Valley Technologies Overleaf Elsevier and Mendeley
Science Exchange National Science Foundation (NSF) Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Thomson Reuters Pensoft Publishers Ltd SSI
Oxford University Press Wiley Oxford e-Research Centre PLOS International Society for Biocuration