We are enormously excited and pleased to announce that Dr. Juergen Wastl, from the University of Cambridge, has joined Digital Science as Director of Academic Relations and Consultancy.

Juergen has worked closely with a number of different Digital Science portfolio companies as well as the Digital Science central team over the last decade. The University of Cambridge has continued to be an early adopter of Digital Science’s software tools including Symplectic (even before it was part of Digital Science!), Altmetric and Dimensions.

Juergen Wastl

While at Cambridge, Juergen headed up the Research Information team at the Research Strategy Office where he developed strategy and applications for the management of research information. He provided advice to all the different layers within Cambridge concerning the REF, playing an increasingly active role over the last 10 years. Juergen pioneered the development of Cambridge’s “public face” for research expertise and research profiles for Cambridge’s academic staff. Prior to Cambridge, he worked for BASF where he managed BMBF-funded projects with universities and research centres internationally.

As leader of the Digital Science Consultancy team, Juergen will expand the range of activities with which the Consultancy team engages. Our team of data scientists, developers and subject matter experts numbers over 80 across the Digital Science portfolio, and already supports research institutions, funders, governments and other institutions with research capabilities to make more and better use of data to inform their strategies and decisions.

Juergen Wastl: “I’m especially excited about the opportunity to support research organisations in adopting the capabilities of the new Dimensions product: It enables entirely new views on the research process, enabling greater insight and informing strategy development. The complete view of research, from resource inputs (grants) to outputs (publications), how they are received (altmetrics and citations), how they translate (clinical trials), and how commercial applications are developed (patents) opens up a greater understanding of the complex research lifecycle in an innovative and efficient way.”

Daniel Hook, CEO of Digital Science: “Juergen is a fantastic addition to our Consultancy team with his deep understanding of research policy from institutional and funder perspectives. We are excited by the energy and insight that he brings to Digital Science.”