Translation and scientific visibility


The Office of International Scientific Visibility was created in 2016 after the UCA was selected for an Initiative of Excellence (IDEX) award. Our mission is to enhance, in every way possible, the international visibility of UCA researchers and of all the research-related activities taking place at our university. By spreading the word about the scientific strengths and successes of UCA research, we hope to enhance the ability of UCA to attract the best faculty, student, and staff talent from around the world, and to optimize the reputation and standing of UCA with international funding and university ranking agencies.

Our activities

To accomplish these goals, the Office oversees four primary activities:

  1. Proposing an editing and translation service for the entire UCA research community, to eliminate potential language-related limitations to publication and to maximize the number and quality of publications appearing in international research journals.
  2. Working with the UCA Communications Office to prepare research-related press releases in English, to oversee their international distribution, and to oversee interactions with international scientific journalists. 
  3. Overseeing international student outreach activities, through the presentation of UCA educational programs in English, providing expertise regarding international recruitment standards, and through participation in international student recruitment fairs and websites.
  4. Representing UCA in interactions with university rankings agencies, involving the collection and transmission of institutional data to the agencies, as well as helping UCA in its reflections and strategies to optimize our position in the various rankings.

Who are we?

Abby Cuttriss (Director; Natural Sciences)

Abby has research expertise in biochemistry, molecular genetics and plant development. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia, and the US, most recently as an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She has been supporting UCA research activities since joining the ISV in 2017, primarily by editing research articles and funding applications, and by teaching graduate-level scientific writing and communication.

Yvonne van der Does (Humanities)

After studying languages and literature in the USA, Yvonne earned a master’s degree in translation and interpreting in Brussels. She went on to gain extensive experience in technical translating, editing and interpreting, working with different universities and corporate clients. She joined the ISV in 2019 where she is contributing by translating and editing research articles and communication material.

Catherine Buchanan (Physical Sciences)

After completing her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Australian National University, Catherine conducted experimental research in the US and Australia. She subsequently worked in administration for multi-institutional research organizations in physics and engineering. She also has experience as a freelance editor in the publishing industry. She joined ISV in 2019 and is responsible for editing research articles and funding applications in the physical sciences.

Contact us

For inquiries or to submit an article for translation or editing, please contact us directly at: