Rosalind Attenborough's profile

Rosalind Attenborough

SPS Department

Science, Technology & Innovation Studies

Professional Experience

2020 Feb-May: Research Assistant, conducting "Demystifying Post-PhD Futures" research and workshop, University of Edinburgh

2017 Jan-Jul: Student Transitions PhD Intern, Institute for Academic Development (with Academic Services), University of Edinburgh

2012-2014: Publications Manager for the journal PLOS Genetics, Public Library of Science (PLOS), Cambridge, UK

2011-2012: Publications Assistant for the journal PLOS GeneticsPublic Library of Science (PLOS), Cambridge, UK

2010 Feb-Jun: Science Communication Tutor, Australian National University

2006, 2010-2011: Laboratory Technical Assistant, Research School of Biology, Australian National University


2016-2020: In-progress PhD, Science and Technology Studies, University of Edinburgh.

2015-2016: MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh

2014-2015: MSc in Science, Technology and Society (with Distinction), University College London

2007-2010: Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) with First Class Honours, Australian National University 

Awards and Funding

2020: Student Experience Grant, “What comes next? - Demystifying Post PhD Futures”, University of Edinburgh [link]

2019: Overseas Institutional Visit funding (ESRC), 6 weeks at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

2015-2019: Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (ESRC 1+3)

2010: University Medal in Biology, Australian National University

2010: Janet Elspeth Crawford Prize (top female Honours student in science),  Australian National University

Research Interests

Open science open data open access scientific publishing ethos in science epistemic virtue disciplinary cultures identity

Teaching Experience

Feb 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: Guest lecturing for the postgraduate course Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology (University of Edinburgh) on:

  • Open Science - unpacking its historical and present meanings

Nov 2017, Oct 2019: Guest lecturing for undergraduate course on science in society (University of Edinburgh):

  • Science and Policy - 2019
  • Science, Risk and Uncertainty (policymaking context) - 2017
  • "Openness" in Science and Policymaking - 2017

Sept 2018: Guest lecturing for postgraduate course Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection (University of Edinburgh):

  • Interviews in practice

Nov 2017: Guest presentation for sixth-form students at Highgate School (London), on:

  • Publishing and "Openness" in Science 

PhD Title

Scientific openness: a new epistemic virtue?

PhD Supervisors

PhD Overview

“There is scarcely a scientist who has not stumbled upon the term ‘Open Science’ of late and there is hardly a scientific conference where the word and its meaning are not discussed in some form or other.”  (Fecher and Friesike, 2014, p. 17)

Scientific openness is very old: for centuries, the communal sharing of findings has been valued, even if not practised, in the cultural sphere of academic science. But scientific openness is also very new: since the turn of the twenty-first century, a pursuit of “openness” – including open access and open data – has become increasingly salient in scientific discourse, practice, and policy. My research investigates contemporary meanings of “open” in science, drawing on historical context, policy documents, and primarily, interviews with biological scientists. I am using epistemic virtue as a sensitising concept to ask whether new moral frameworks for knowledge making (and associated ways of being a “good” scientist) are under construction in the contemporary embrace of openness.

STS papers

  • Invited speaker at Beilstein Open Science Symposium, October 2019, Rüdesheim, Germany. Talk: Stories from the "Open science revolution": how scientists talk about openness. [programme link]
  • Event organiser and speaker at Openness and Reproducibility in Science workshop, February 2019, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Talk: Talking to scientists about openness in science. [programme link] [report on event]
  • Speaker at Science in Public, July 2019, Manchester, UK. Talk: Stories from the "open science revolution": how scientists talk about openness. [programme link]
  • Speaker at Dealing with Data conference, November 2018, University of Edinburgh, UK. Talk: Stories from the "open science revolution": how scientists talk about openness. [link to video of presentation and slides]
  • Schönbauer S, Attenborough R (2018) Scientific identities: how to re-engage with identity and its politics. EASST Review 37(4). [link]
  • Panel organiser and speaker at EASST 2018 Conference, July 2018, Lancaster, UK. Talk: The open science "revolution": changing policy, practice - and people? (Panel: "Scientists - agents under construction"). [programme link]
  • Speaker at SPRU PhD Forum, May 2018, University of Sussex, UK. Talk: Stories from the "open science revolution": how scientists talk about openness. [programme link]
  • Speaker at 4S/EASST 2016 Conference, September 2016, Barcelona, Spain. Talk: Reflections on virtue and identity  in an “open science revolution”. [link]

Biology papers

Attenborough RMF, Hayward DC, Wiedemann U, Forêt S, Miller DJ, Ball EE (2019) Expression of the neuropeptides RFamide and LWamide during development of the coral Acropora millepora in relation to settlement and metamorphosis. Developmental Biology 446: 56-67. [link]

Attenborough R, Hayward D, Kitahara MV, Miller DJ, Ball EE (2012) A “neural” enzyme in non-bilaterian animals and algae: Pre-neural origins for peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase (PAM)Molecular Biology and Evolution 29: 3095-3109. [link]

Attenborough R, Wiedemann U, Hayward D, Forêt S, Miller D, Ball E (2011) The Acropora millepora nervous system: neurotransmitters and developmentPresented at the ARC CoE Boden Conference Genome Biology of Corals and their Relatives, Magnetic Island, Australia.

French HJ, Attenborough R, Hardy K, Shannon MF, Williams RBH (2009) Interindividual variation in epigenomic phenomena in humansMammalian Genome 20: 604-611. [link]

Warren WC, Hillier LW, Graves JAM, Birney E, [...] Attenborough R et al. (2008) Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolutionNature 453: 175-256. [link]