Vicki Cleave became Director of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists program at the New York Academy of Sciences in 2016. She has responsibility for all aspects of both National and Regional Awards programs including soliciting nominations, judging, the awards symposium and ceremonies. Additionally, she oversees the communications regarding the awards and winners to the world and manages the Academy's ongoing relations with the Blavatnik scholars' community.
Before coming to the Academy, Vicki spent over 15 years in science publishing. She served in both editorial and publishing roles with John Wiley and Sons in the US and Germany, managing editorial teams, peer review, and strategic development at both the journal and portfolio level. Whilst serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Polymer Science, she initiated and ran the Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award from 2012 to 2015. The award, a collaboration with the American Chemical Society (ACS), recognizes innovation and achievement in a polymer scientist under the age of 40, and is celebrated with an annual symposium and dinner at the ACS Fall meeting in honor of the recipient.
Between 2005 and 2010, Vicki served as a Senior Editor at Nature Materials, handling manuscripts, news stories and longer features in the areas of soft matter and organic electronics. She has also had her science writing published in outlets such as Nature and New Scientist.
Vicki received her PhD in physics for work under the supervision of Prof. Sir Richard Friend at the University of Cambridge in the UK, using new polymer blends to manipulate the optical output of polymeric electronic devices. Her undergraduate degree was in chemistry from Imperial College, London.