Mohammad Asadi-Lari
Mohammad at our 2016 Annual Meeting in Vancouver

Tragically, we have recently learned that SSP Fellow and STEM Fellowship Co-Founder, Mohammad Asadi-Lari, and his sister Zeynab Asadi-Lari, were aboard Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 that crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff.

Mohammad was awarded an SSP Student Fellowship in 2016, while he was a student in the Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS) program at the University of British Columbia.

In addition to serving on multiple SSP committees during his time as a member, he also became an ORCID and Altmetric Ambassador, giving a number of talks, including a very memorable session at the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Research without Borders” meeting.

Mohammad was a wonderful advocate for youth engagement, leading initiatives in the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, among many others.

Below find Mohammad’s recent TEDxYouth talk, “Empowering Youth to Think Global but Act Local,” as a tribute to this wonderful colleague, who tragically passed away this week, at the age of 23.

On behalf of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, we send our most heartfelt sympathies to Mohammad and Zeynab’s family and friends in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

Adrian Stanley
Managing Director, Publishers, Digital Science
Past President, The Society for Scholarly Publishing

Adrian Stanley

Adrian is an independent consultant with over 30 years experience working in scholarly publishing, prior to starting his own consultancy company, he was the General Manager for JMIR Publications, Canada’s largest open access publisher. Adrian is also a past President for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), former Managing Director at Digital Science, CEO of the Charlesworth Group (USA), an Associate Editor for Learned Publishing Journal, and has been an active volunteer and advisor for industry organization such as STM Association, Council of Science Editors, Directory of Open Access Journals, ORCID,, Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) and the Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).


11 Thoughts on "Remembering Mohammad Asadi-Lari"

This is heartbreaking. Thank you so much for sharing this tribute to an outstanding member of our publishing community.

Thank you for sharing this heartbreaking tragic tribute. Anything that brings the “news” closer to our own lives is a reminder that we are all impacted by actions across the globe. What a loss.

A terrible loss to the SSP family, such a bright light. My heart goes out to the Asadi-Lari family, friends, and colleagues. I’ve said it on Facebook, but it bears repeating: We are all connected, and these connections are increasingly visible. We need to remember this.

Heartbreaking news. I agree that we are all connected, more closely than ever and than we had thought.

It was such a pleasure to work with Mohammad; he had boundless potential and hope for the world. It’s heartbreaking that he and his sister’s lives ended so early and so tragically. This is a lovely memorial. Thanks for posting.

I was lucky enough to work with Mohammad while I was at ORCID, thanks to your introduction to him Adrian. He truly represented all that’s best about our community – a terrible loss for us all. This is a lovely tribute to him – thank you.

What a tragedy! Mohammad, together with 175 passengers, was killed brutally by a missile attack on their plane! My condolences to his friends and families, our community, Iranians, Canadians and the rest f the world!

I did know Mohammad but the stupidity of our world shows us how much a promising and young scholar could just disappear for nothing.

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