Timo Hannay

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Timo Hannay
Timo Hannay in 2009
Born Robert Timo Hannay
Residence London, United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Nationality British
Alma mater
Thesis Quantal analysis of synaptic plasticity in the rat hippocampus (1994)
Doctoral advisor Alan Larkman[1]
Known for
Notable awards
Spouse Kyoko Hannay
Children Mia Hannay, Anabel Hannay, Clara Hannay

(Robert) Timo Hannay is the founding Managing Director of SchoolDash,[6] an education technology company based in London. Prior to SchoolDash, Hannay was the founding managing director of Digital Science in London, United Kingdom where he ran the company from its foundation in 2010 until 2015.[7] Digital Science was founded to provide software and services aimed at scientific researchers and research administrators.[8] Prior to Digital Science, he worked for Nature, which was was owned by Macmillan Publishers until the merger of Springer and Macmillan in 2015.[5][9][10][11][12][13]


Hannay was educated at Imperial College London where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.[14][15] He went on to study for a PhD in neuroplasticity of the hippocampus of laboratory rats from the University of Oxford supervised by Alan Larkman.[1][16][17]


Hannay has worked at The Economist and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Japan and joined Nature's Tokyo office in 1998.[18][19][20] He moved to London in 2000.[21]

Hannay is a recognized expert on online publishing,[22][23][24] web-enabled science and social bookmarking.[25] He was the publishing director of Web Publishing at Nature Publishing Group, managing Nature.com, naturejobs.com, natureevents.com, Nature Methods and Nature Protocols. In addition to his work at Nature, he is the co-organiser, with Tim O'Reilly and Chris DiBona of Science Foo Camp.[26][27][28][29]

Awards and honours[edit]

Hannay was awarded the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) award for innovation in publishing in 2005[4] and a Webby Award in 2008.[3]

Hannay was depicted by Jorge Cham in the Piled Higher and Deeper webcomic titled Nature vs Science vs Open Access.[30]


  1. ^ a b Hannay, Robert Timo (1994). Quantal analysis of synaptic plasticity in the rat hippocampus (1994) (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009.  13th Annual Webby Awards Nominees and Winners
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.  12th Annual Webby Awards Nominees and Winners
  4. ^ a b ALPSP awards 2005
  5. ^ a b Timo Hannay on Twitter
  6. ^ https://www.schooldash.com/about.html
  7. ^ https://www.digital-science.com/blog/news/progress-is-impossible-without-change-a-post-from-timo-hannay/
  8. ^ http://www.digital-science.com/about/
  9. ^ Hannay, T. (2011). "A new kind of science?". Nature Physics. 7 (10): 742. Bibcode:2011NatPh...7..742H. doi:10.1038/nphys2109. 
  10. ^ Hannay, Timo (2009). "Walls come tumbling down". Learned Publishing. 22 (2): 153–154. doi:10.1087/2009210. 
  11. ^ Timo Hannay's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Timo Hannay at DBLP Bibliography Server
  13. ^ https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/press-releases/corporate/springer-nature-created-following-merger-completion/256626
  14. ^ "biographies". GreenLearn. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  15. ^ MacDonald, Matthew (2008). Your brain: the missing manual. O'Reilly Media. ISBN 0-596-51778-5. 
  16. ^ Larkman, A.; Hannay, T.; Stratford, K.; Jack, J. (1992). "Presynaptic release probability influences the locus of long-term potentiation". Nature. 360 (6399): 70–73. doi:10.1038/360070a0. PMID 1331808. 
  17. ^ Hannay, T.; Larkman, A.; Stratford, K.; Jack, J. (1993). "A common rule governs the synaptic locus of both short-term and long-term potentiation". Current Biology. 3 (12): 832–841. doi:10.1016/0960-9822(93)90217-C. PMID 15335816. 
  18. ^ Hannay, T. (1995). "Tokyo HIV-contaminated blood product hearing". Nature Medicine. 1 (5): 396. doi:10.1038/nm0595-396a. PMID 7585076. 
  19. ^ Li, J.; Ning, Y.; Hedley, W.; Saunders, B.; Chen, Y.; Tindill, N.; Hannay, T.; Subramaniam, S. (2002). "The Molecule Pages database". Nature. 420 (6916): 716–717. doi:10.1038/nature01307. PMID 12478304. 
  20. ^ Schaefer, C. F.; Anthony, K.; Krupa, S.; Buchoff, J.; Day, M.; Hannay, T.; Buetow, K. H. (2009). "PID: The Pathway Interaction Database". Nucleic Acids Research. 37 (Database issue): D674–D679. doi:10.1093/nar/gkn653. PMC 2686461Freely accessible. PMID 18832364. 
  21. ^ "Timo Profile". Connotea. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  22. ^ Hammond, T.; Hannay, T.; Lund, B. (2004). "The Role of RSS in Science Publishing". D-Lib Magazine. 10 (12). doi:10.1045/december2004-hammond. 
  23. ^ Hammond, T.; Hannay, T.; Lund, B.; Scott, J. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (I)". D-Lib Magazine. 11 (4). doi:10.1045/april2005-hammond. 
  24. ^ Lund, B.; Hammond, T.; Flack, M.; Hannay, T. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (II)". D-Lib Magazine. 11 (4). doi:10.1045/april2005-lund. 
  25. ^ "Read it, like it, list it, share it". Times Higher Education. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  26. ^ "Networking Nature". Der Spiegel. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  27. ^ Waldrop, Mitchell M. (May 2008). "Science 2.0". Scientific American: 73. Retrieved 2009-09-20. Timo Hannay, head of Web publishing at the Nature Publishing Group in London… Meanwhile Hannay has been taking the Nature group into the Web 2.0 world aggressively. 
  28. ^ "Social Bookmarking: Mark It, Manage It, Share It". American Counsel on Education. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  29. ^ "Timo Hannay Profile". Nature Network. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  30. ^ Nature vs Science vs Open Access, part 4, PhDcomics.com