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Open Research Forum

This Open Research Forum takes place every two months, and is a meeting for Open Research Champions and members of the wider research community to share Open Research experience and ideas. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Book your place at the September Open Research Forum using this link.

The open session will conclude by 11.30. The meeting is booked until 12.00 to allow time for Champions business. The meeting will be recorded and made accessible to members of the University only.


Organising ourselves for world domination: how junior academics can work together to improve research culture
Jessica Butler, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Data Science and Lead for UK Reproducibility Network, University of Aberdeen

‘Research assessments that prize speed, novelty, and publication in high impact-factor journals endanger the quality of the scientific record. I’ll discuss how funders and grassroots organisations are changing this, and how junior academics can steer research culture at their own universities.’

Jessica is head of analytics at the Networked Data Lab at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian, and works to improve public health by improving NHS and government analytics and sharing software and methods openly. She is a passionate advocate for Open Research and a regular presence on Twitter.

The UNESCO Open Science Recommendation, Open Research and ethics
Marzia Briel, PhD student, School of Law

Marzia will discuss the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, which is currently being drafted. The Recommendation defines shared values and principles for Open Science, and identifies measures on Open Access and Open Data, with proposals to bring citizens closer to science and commitments to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge around the world. It is a legal instrument, and UNESCO member states are expected to give effect to its principles and norms through national laws and practices.

Open Research Champions business
Some time will be reserved after the talks for Open Research Champions business.


15th September 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm