ASAPbio works closely with a global community to drive awareness and adoption of preprints in the life sciences. To support and amplify the work of our community members in advocating preprints in their local groups and to engage with communities in diverse locations, we are piloting ASAPbio Local Hubs in different geographical regions.

In 2024, we are running ASAPbio Local Hubs in Norrköping (Sweden), São Paulo (Brazil), Copenhagen (Denmark), Ibadan (Nigeria) and Pretoria (South Africa). Each hub is led by an ASAPbio Community Lead.

If you a researcher or professional in science communication based in Lisbon, São Paulo, or Pretoria, we invite you to join our ASAPbio Local Hubs! Complete the brief form below and our Community Leads will be in touch with further details and updates on upcoming activities in your area.

Upcoming events at our Local Hubs

ASAPbio Local Hub, Pretoria: ‘Fast-tracking research with preprinting: HIghlighting preprint trends in South Africa’  event at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria campus on June 5.

Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

Past events

ASAPbio Local Hub, Lisbon: Preprints event at Instituto Medicina Molecular, Lisbon on April 21 at 4pm.

ASAPbio Local Hub, Lisbon: Preprints seminar at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Democritus room) on 12 April 2023

ASAPbio Local Hub São Paulo: Preprints roundtable ‘Preprints na (r)evolução do sistema de publicação: mitos, fatos e contextos’ [Preprints in the (r)evolution of the publishing system: myths, facts, and contexts] with Dr Alicia Kowaltowski and Dr João Victor Cabral-Costa. Biochemistry Department, Chemistry Institute, University of São Paulo on 9 March 2023.

ASAPbio Community Leads

Each of the Local Hubs is driven by an ASAPbio Community Lead, a community member who will coordinate local events, gatherings or other activities about preprints in their area. We are pleased to introduce our Community Leads:

Mafalda Pimentel, Community Lead for Lisbon

Mafalda is a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. She is passionate about science and publishing, is involved with preLights, and as part of her tenure as 2020 Fellow, was one of the community members that spearheaded the creation of our preprint infographics.

João Victor Cabral Costa, Community Lead for São Paulo

João Victor recently completed his PhD and joined JoVE as a Research & Education Specialist. He is a 2022 Fellow and as a community member, he has participated in an ASAPbio webinar about preprints and early-career researchers, and contributed to the ASAPbio events toolkit.

Thabiso Motaung, Community Lead for Pretoria

Thabiso is a Lecturer at the University of Pretoria. He has been involved with preprints for several years, Thabiso is a 2020 ASAPbio Fellow and currently serves on the ASAPbio Board of Directors.