1-3 JUNE 2022



Paul Smit

Philosopher and Comedian

Paul Smit is one of the most in demand speakers in the Netherlands. He gives interactive and humorous presentations about human behavior and the brain and talks about influence, change, innovation and collaboration. Paul Smit graduated with an essay on ‘the evolution of human consciousness’. He wrote ten books about philosophy, psychology and neuroscience and knows how to convey complex issues in a comprehensive, humorous and practical way.


Guus van den Brekel

Medical information specialist

Guus van den Brekel is medical information specialist at the Central Medical Library of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), in north of the Netherlands. His work includes developing, maintaining of library services and tools for staff and students, as well as innovation. As such he is also the ‘go-between’ for the IT-departments regarding library systems and services. Research Impact and Support is his major focus currently.  He is coordinator for the UMCG’s current research information system (PURE). In general, he is always on the lookout for tools & services that make the workflow of hospital staff, researchers, teachers and students easier and more efficient.

DEU, Köln, 28.1.20: ZB MED

Jasmin Schmitz

Jasmin Schmitz received a PhD in information science. She worked as a freelance trainer for a commercial provider for scientific information and as scientific project coordinator in the field of bibliometrics. At ZB MED she is responsible for the publication advisory services.

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Melissa Rethlefsen

Executive Director of the Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center

Melissa Rethlefsen is the Executive Director of the Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico, a position she began in January 2021. Prior to her current position, she was the Associate Dean, George A. Smathers Libraries, and Fackler Director, Health Science Center Libraries, at the University of Florida. She has also worked at the University of Utah, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the role of librarians in improving research integrity, particularly in the reproducibility of systematic review searches.