‘Open Science Uppsala’ reveals science

Martin Johnsson håller föredrag.

Martin Johnsson started Open Science this autumn in September 2023 with his lecture ‘It’s about what kind of knowledge we want’. Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt

Open science is a way of creating openness in all parts of research, for example through advance registration, open code and open data. ‘Open Science Uppsala’ is a local network in which anyone can take part and discuss that very area: open science.

Richèl Bilderbeek, Application Expert at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, explains:

“Open science is a versatile way of making science more accessible and open, and it aims to produce more research results that can actually be reproduced – something which has been a known problem within ‘normal’ science.”

All are welcome

Anyone who is interested is welcome to discuss and participate in ‘Open Science Uppsala’, including the general public and critics.

“Note that absolutely anyone who wants to discuss open science is welcome, even those with a critical voice,” notes Bilderbeek.

A lecture or presentation is held every second Friday of every month during each semester between 16:15–17:00, at which a researcher typically discusses various aspects of open science. The lecturer often uses their own research to illustrate the ideals, goals and problems linked to open research. Most of the team members in Open Science Uppsala teach in open science-related fields in academic environments, but anyone able to deliver an academic presentation concerning open science is permitted to give a lecture if they want.

Portrait of Richèl Bilderbeek with chairs in the background

Richèl Bilderbeek, Application Expert at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt

The lectures and presentations are held in the Malla hall of Uppsala City Library (Stadsbiblioteket).

“Part of open science is being open to anyone who is interested in discussing the advantages and disadvantages of openness,” adds Bilderbeek. “That’s why the lectures are held at the City Library and are open to all.”

Free and in English

The lectures will be held in English. The reason for this, according to Bilderbeek, is that it is the most inclusive language here.
“English is the lingua franca of research: every researcher publishes, presents, writes in and speaks English. It’s therefore difficult to find a Swedish person who’s interested in research but can’t speak English,” he continues. “At the same time, even researchers sometimes have trouble understanding all of the terminology in English. It’s common for people to ask for explanations and translations.”
There is no cost to visitors for listening to a lecture. No form of refreshment is provided for attendees, but those who would like something can find options in the Library’s cafe.
“When the lectures are over, those who wish to can join the lecturer to discuss or talk more informally about things at a pub of their choice,” Bilderbeek adds.

Channels for further information

‘Open Science Uppsala’ offers more than just lectures.
“We have a mailing list, a Twitter account, a Facebook group and a LinkedIn group,” says Bilderbeek. “We use these channels to increase the visibility of our network while those who are interested can keep up-to-date about our activities and programmes.”

Ulrika Hurtig

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