Focus on Open Science

Chapter XVI: London

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201905 London Focus OS Final Report
A strategic document including recommendations and observation issued after Focus on Open Science event in London, May 23rd 2019
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The Challenge of Open Science

Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for Open approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. What is the role of academic libraries in supporting this transition? Is there indeed a role for libraries at all? What are the current views and agendas in various European countries? How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?


The aim of the Focus on Open Science Workshops

Started in 2015, we aim through these workshops to address the challenges posed by Open Science, using the 8 pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission in its Open Science Policy Platform.

The mission statement for the workshops is: "Promote the concept of, values and best practices in the Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to libraries."


Why are these Workshops important?

We believe that such Workshops offer a practitioner experience, grounded in the principles of Open Science, and opportunities for networking at the local level. The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.


Steering Committee

Our team is happy to announce a Steering Committee that will help us select the annual topics, the invited speakers and advise on best practices for delivering successful events.

The members of Open Science Workshops Steering Committee are:

- Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities).

Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, UK.

- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).

- Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library.

- Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona

- Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services

Additionally, our local partners will be able to delegate a member to join our Steering Committee with reference to the respective event that will take place in their country.


The language of the Workshop will be English.

We look forward to seeing you in May, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: May 23rd 2019

WHERE: Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL, UK


 This one-day workshop will address the following critical topics:

1. The Culture of Open Science

2. FAIR Data and GDPR

3. Alternative publishing models

4. Citizen Science


Confirmed speakers

  • Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost, UCL Library Services
  • Professor Matt Todd, UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Dr Stephen Curry, Imperial College London
  • Dr Laura Fortunato, University of Oxford
  • Professor Chris Chambers, University of Cardiff
  • Professor Dan Osborn, UCL Department of Earth Sciences
  • Dr Yasemin Aktas, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
  • Ian Caswell, UCL Press
  • Andrew Gray, UCL Library Services
  • David Perez Suarez, UCL RITS, 
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services
  • Dr. Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Archive
  • Javiera Atenas
  • Leo Havemann
  • Isabelle Van Der Vegt
  • Sandy Schumann,
  • Ben Thomas,
  • Vaughan Bell
  • Dr Suze Kundu, Digital Science


(Please re-visit this section! After event, we will include here links for downloads)

09.30 - 10.00 Registration & morning coffee
10.00 - 10.20 Welcome and formal opening: Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost, UCL Library Services
10.20 - 10.50 Research Evaluation and DORA: Dr Stephen Curry, Imperial College London
10.50 - 11.20 Reproducible Research Oxford: Dr Laura Fortunato, University of Oxford
11.20 - 11.40 Break
11.40 - 12.00 A Data Driven Approach to Analysing Open Access: Dr Suze Kundu, Digital Science
12.00 - 12.40 Registered Reports and the UKRN (session delivered in partnership with ReproducililiTea): Professor Chris Chambers, University of Cardiff
12.40 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.00 Open Pharma: Professor Matt Todd, UCL School of Pharmacy
14.10 - 15.20

Workshops/breakout groups

Room 739, 7th Floor,

IOE Building

Group 1: Scholarly Communication: megajournals and measuring impact: Professor Dan Osborn, UCL Department of Earth Sciences; Dr Yasemin Aktas, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering; Ian Caswell, UCL Press & Andrew Gray, UCL Library Services

Room 731, 7th Floor,

IOE Building

Group 2: Software Carpentry Taster: David Perez Suarez, UCL RITS

Room 604, 6th Floor,

IOE Building

Group 3: Citizen Science: Dr. Tiberius Ignat

Room 642, 6th Floor,

IOE Building

Group 4: GDPR and opening data: Dr. Veerle Van den Eynden, Research Data services Manager, UK Data Archive

Room 828, 8th Floor,

IOE Building

Group 5: On the Trail of OE Policy Co-creation: Javiera Atenas, Leo Havemann

15.30 - 16.00 Building open science communities: Isabelle Van Der Vegt, Sandy Schumann, Ben Thomas, Vaughan Bell
 16.00 Closing Notes

About the Speakers

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK


Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997. 

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14 and Advisor to the LIBER Board until 2018. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also the Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.

Dr. Stephen Curry, Imperial College London


Stephen Curry is a Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College London where he also serves as the Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. For many years he has been a writer and campaigner on a range of scientific issues including open access, research assessment, research funding and science policy. He is currently chair of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).



DORA: Opening up the measure of success


Opinions differ as to how radical the open access ‘revolution’ has been over the past 20 years.  There has been substantial progress, but we have yet to realise all the potential of opening up research and research publishing that appeared to on offer with the advent of the internet. Part of the difficulty is that we have become entangled by the metricisation of research assessment. Unpicking this knotty problem is the task that DORA – among others – has set itself. 

Dr. Laura Fortunato, University of Oxford


Laura Fortunato is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where she researches the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour, working at the interface of anthropology and biology. An advocate of reproducible computational methods in research, in 2016 she started the Reproducible Research Oxford project, with the aim to foster a culture of reproducibility and open research at Oxford.

Laura holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Padova and masters and PhD in Anthropology from University College London. Before joining Oxford she was an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, where she is currently an External Professor and a member of the Science Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Steering Group of the UK Reproducibility Network and of the Board of Directors of the Software Freedom Conservancy.



Reproducible Research Oxford


Reproducible Research Oxford is the local network of UKRN, the UK Reproducibility Network, at the University of Oxford. Its aim is to foster a culture of open research and reproducibility at Oxford, encompassing all disciplines --- including disciplines in the social sciences and in the humanities which may not identify with the "open science" label. I will discuss opportunities and challenges that have arisen in building a community focused around open research and  reproducibility from the ground up.  


Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services


Tiberius Ignat is the Director of Scientific Knowledge Services, a company which specialises in helping the European libraries to embrace new technologies and ways of working. He runs in partnership with UCL Press and LIBER Europe a successful series of workshops - Focus On Open Science, now in its fourth year. He is a long-time individual member of LIBER, member of European Citizen Science Association and Citizen Science Association (US) and a member of the Scientific Committee for OAI11, the CERN - UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication.

Tiberius Ignat has a personal interest in Open Science, particularly Citizen Science and the management of this cultural change. 

He has a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Bucharest.




Designing Institutional Services for Enabling Citizen Science


Citizen Science is a fundamental element of at least three roadmaps that serve as inspiration for many European research libraries: the LIBER roadmap, the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) and the LERU Roadmap. It has a strong support from EC as the new framework program clearly recommends a stronger relationship between Science and Society. LIBER, LERU and OSPP all offer a series of recommendations about what could be done in this area. According to this, universities are presented with the opportunity to create new services and support their strategies, in many cases in collaboration with the library.

Dr Sandy Schumann and Isabelle van der Vegt  ,

University College London


Dr Sandy Schumann is a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London. Sandy’s research examines radicalisation and extreme political attitudes in increasingly diverse and digital societies. She is also an avid open science advocate and founded the JDI Open initiative, an open science seminar series at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. Sandy’s research has been awarded the Early Career Best Paper Award by the European Association of Social Psychology and has been funded by the European Association of Social Psychology, the Wiener-Anspach Foundation, and the Belgian National Scientific Research Fund.


Isabelle van der Vegt is a PhD candidate at the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London. Her research focuses on understanding threats of violence using computational linguistics. Isabelle holds an MSc in psychological research from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA in psychology and linguistics from University College Utrecht in The Netherlands. She also actively promotes open science principles, organising open science seminars at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. 




Promoting Open (Crime) Science


In our talk, we present JDI Open, an open science initiative at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science. We organise bi-weekly seminars and promote active discussion on open science principles within the department. We will discuss successes and challenges we have encountered, specifically within a highly cross-disciplinary department that deals with sensitive data on a daily basis. 

Prof. Matthew H. ToddUniversity College London


Mat Todd was born in Manchester, England. He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from Cambridge University in 1999, was a Wellcome Trust postdoc at The University of California, Berkeley, a college fellow back at Cambridge University, a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and between 2005 and 2018 was at the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. He is now Chair of Drug Discovery at University College London. He lives in Greenwich, London, with his wife and two children.



Open Pharma


Open science offers a genuinely new route to the discovery and development of much-needed medicines that complements the traditional pharmaceutical industry. This talk will focus on our research in consortia such as Open Source Malaria, specifically the rules of engagement, the infrastructure and the effects of making everything open in real time. Applying open science in pharmaceutical discovery also presents an economic challenge: how can investment be secured for research conducted without secrecy?

Dr David Pérez-SuárezUniversity College London


Dr David Pérez-Suárez works at UCL as a Senior Research Software Developer at Research IT Services. He is a Solar Physicists that has been obsessed with software sustainability since he remembers. This is why he became an instructor and recently a trainer of the Carpentries, an international community that teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide. David is also an advocate of all the fronts of open science (open access, open referee, open source software) and he's involved on other communities like Open Astronomy and the Software Sustainability Institute.



Software Carpentry Taster - a mini-workshop about coding tools needed for research


Software Carpentry teaches researchers the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain. A web of volunteer instructors that have been trained into good teaching practices run workshops worldwide mostly to young researchers, but they are available to all. In this mini-workshop, we will run a quick overview of a two-day workshop. You are encouraged to bring your laptops with you already set up with the tools needed*, if you don't succeed to do so before we will give you access to an online environment for you to be able to participate.


* You can follow the instructions from our last workshop:

Veerle Van den EyndenUniversity College London


Veerle Van den Eynden manages the Research Data Management team for the UK Data Service. This team provides expertise, guidance and training on data management and data sharing to researchers, to promote good data practices and optimise data sharing. She combines this with a position as Research Data Manager for the Global Challenges project Drugs and (Dis)order at the School of Oriental and African Studies.



Managing and sharing research data from human participants: GDPR and research ethics


If your research involves working with people, be it through surveys, interviews, trials, experiments, focus groups or other methods, then it is important to know the legal and ethical obligations you have towards research participants. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the responsibilities that researchers have for the handling and processing of personal information have changed. At the same time, research data obtained from people can be published in a data repository, shared and reused in future if you pay attention to gaining consent for data sharing, de-identifying (anonymising) data where needed and controlling access.

Dr Ben ThomasUniversity College London


Dr Ben Thomas is a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, UCL, specialising in medical image processing, with a focus on emission tomography in humans. Much of his academic work has been concentrated on correction techniques for neurological and pulmonary hybrid-imaging applications. He has a computer science background and contributes to multiple open-source software projects in these areas. Ben currently holds a joint role with UCL’s Information Services Division (ISD). At ISD, he is leading the development of enhancements to the Data Safe Haven service – an IT system for undertaking research with sensitive data.



The UCL eResearch Career Network


The eResearch Career Network aims to identify and provide training and career development opportunities to UCL researchers who use computational and data sciences or digital technologies. This talk will describe the network and programme of events that has been developed.

Vaughan BellUniversity College London


Vaughan is an associate professor at UCL and a clinical psychologist in the NHSe.



UCL Open Science Salon


Open Science Salon is a series of talks aimed at sharing some of the key components in open science practice, alongside some of the emerging or latest tools. It was born out of the fact that many people I spoke too were keen on open science in principal but were not familiar with how to do things – like share data on line, or pre-print papers – or didn’t have anyone to discuss their concerns and questions with.

Leo Havemann and Javiera Atenas


Leo Havemann is a Digital Education Advisor at University College London, and a postgraduate researcher at the Open University, with previous experience in teaching, learning technology, library and IT roles. He is a co-ordinator of the ALT M25 Learning Technology Group and an advisory board member of the Open Education Working Group. @leohavemann


Javiera Atenas is a co-coordinator of the Open Education Working Group and the Education Lead at the Latin American Initiative for Open Data [ILDA]. She is an Information Scientist with a PhD in Education and also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. @jatenas 




On the trail of Open Education policy co-creation


By using a policy canvas and change cards, we encourage participants to consider issues such as who needs to be involved in the policy-making process, and who is needed to implement the policy considering the local context and the sociocultural issues at play, alongside with and other policies or regulatory models to draw upon. The main elements reviewed in this co-creation policy workshop which will be reviewed by the participants can be seen in the following categories.


1. Process and Partners

2. Context

3. Stakeholders

4. Solutions & Approaches

5. Policy opportunities

6. Policy challenges

7. Key Elements

8. Evidence

9. Beneficiaries

10. Risks


Participants will discuss the 10 key elements and will use the cards to exchange ideas to co-create and draft a policy that can be support open education, open science and open access.

Open Science Salon is a series of talks aimed at sharing some of the key components in open science practice, alongside some of the emerging or latest tools. It was born out of the fact that many people I spoke too were keen on open science in principal but were not familiar with how to do things – like share data on line, or pre-print papers – or didn’t have anyone to discuss their concerns and questions with.

Dr Suze Kundu, Digital Science


Suze is fascinated about breaking down the building blocks of life into its fundamental components – luckily science has enabled her to turn this destructive curiosity into a career. She has a BSc in Chemistry, a MSc in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from University College London. A passionate educator, she has also studied for a PGCE in Senior School Science, and an MEd in University Learning and Teaching. After six years lecturing in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London and at the University of Surrey’s Chemical and Process Engineering Department, she joins Digital Science to head up our community engagement.

You can find Suze sharing her passion for science through live lectures, on TV (Discovery Channel) and radio, and in print..



A Data-Driven Approach to Analysing Open Access


The Dimensions database contains over 100 million publications and a wealth of data on funding, open access, and details of research collaborations. Analysis of this data not only gives us an indication of individual trends in these facets of scholarly communications, but also the relationships between them, allowing us to create a snapshot of how initiatives in one area can influence another. This presentation will reflect on some of the work Digital Science have done in analysing relationships in these trends using Dimensions data, from an institutional, national and global perspective.