The Conversation US joins global network

Welcome to The Conversation US which launched as a pilot this week.

The US service is the third in The Conversation’s global network following the launch last year into the UK and the initial 2011 launch in Australia.

Our US newsroom is hosted by Boston University, and the editorial team led by Margaret Drain, formerly Executive Producer and Vice President of National Programs at WGBH. Bruce Wilson heads up Development and University Relations. He was formerly at NBC Learn and the Publisher of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Conversation has more than 60 staff based in the US, Australia and the UK and we have collaborated with more than 14,000 scholars and researchers globally.

If you’d like to know how we differ to other websites, please read our message at the top of the homepage. In short, unlike other sites, all our content is authored by credentialed subject matter specialists from the university and research world and curated by professional editors. We are non-profit, and work with the global scholarly and research community.

Because we are committed to the free flow of information, we have no pay wall. In addition all content is published under Creative Commons so it’s free for anyone to republish. More than 12,000 sites worldwide have republished our articles.

Our monthly audience is 2 million users on site, with a reach through republication of 10 million.

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The Conversation US is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Alfred P Sloan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our global publishing platform is supported by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Reuters is our US Media Partner.

If you are an academic and would like to write, register here. If you have an idea you’d like to see us cover, send us a pitch.

We hope you will enjoy the service. We’re still in a pilot phase so please give us a little time as we hit the runway.

Andrew Jaspan Editor-in-Chief, The Conversation