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OSHF welcomes Julieta Arancio and Alison Parker to our board

Open Science Hardware Foundation is delighted to welcome two new board members: Dr Julieta Arancio and Dr Alison Parker.

Julieta Arancio, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the Drexel University Center for Science, Technology and Society. Within the field of Science and Technology Studies, Arancio’s research is concerned with the role that grassroots innovation movements play in the transition towards more democratic science, technology and innovation systems, particularly in the Global South.

Julieta is part of the Global Open Science Hardware movement and co-founded the Free/Libre technologies network in Latin America for science and education (reGOSH). The network connects activists, educators, researchers and practitioners, supporting advocacy for open technologies in the region. Arancio’s interest in lowering barriers for open technologies also led her to co-found Open Hardware Makers, a mentorship program for newcomers to the field.

Alison Parker, PhD serves as a Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. With STIP, Alison evaluates and amplifies innovative and participatory approaches to science and technology, including citizen science and low cost and open hardware. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Citizen Science Association, including as Chair in 2019-2020, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice.

Previously, as part of the Innovation Team in the Office of Research and Development at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Alison led initiatives to increase the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science for EPA research and decision-making. She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where her dissertation