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What has the Pandemic Taught us About “Open Science”?

Scienceopen, Elephant in the Lab | Ulrich Dirnagl, Benedikt Fecher, Stephanie Dawson, Rebecca Winkels, Diana Kwon

Hear experts in research, publishing, science communication and journalism share their thoughts on how the central tenets of Open Science fared during the turbo-charge race to understand a new virus.

The European Commission has made Open Science a policy priority because it “improves the quality, efficiency and responsiveness of research” and can increase creativity and “trust in science”. For nearly two years now the COVID-19 pandemic has put this vision of “Open Science” to the test. With this panel discussion we will ask experts from research, publishing, science communication and journalism to share their thoughts on how central tenets of Open Science such as open data, open access, citizen science/public engagement, preprints, open review and alternative metrics fared during the turbo-charge race to understand a new virus.

What effects have new Open Science practices had on the speed, quality and quantity of research and its translation into actionable solutions and policies? What unexpected challenges of openness have emerged in the pandemic? Finally, the thorny question that this panel will attempt to answer is whether Open Science can increase trust in science. Join the discussion in person or via livestream!


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Ulrich Dirnagl

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

In preclinical as well as in clinical studies Ulrich Dirnagl’s research has revealed pathobiology which impact on the outcome after a stroke. These include deleterious as well as endogenous protective mechanisms, as interactions of the brain with other systems of the body after it has been injured. Several of these mechanism can be therapeutically targeted, clinical trials are under way. In addition, through meta-research he was able to identify opportunities for improving research practice and to obtain evidence for the impact of interventions targeted to increase the value of biomedical research. At the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Ulrich Dirnagl serves as Director of the Department of Experimental Neurology. Since 2017 he is also the founding director of the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research at the Berlin Institute of Health. QUEST aims at overcoming the roadblocks in translational medicine by increasing the value and impact of biomedical research through maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of research.

Benedikt Fecher

Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG)

Since 2017, Benedikt Fecher has headed the “Knowledge & Society” research programme at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. The programme addresses issues at the interfaces of science and digitisation and education and digitisation. Benedikt is also co-editor of the blog journal Elephant in the Lab, which critically examines the scientific system. He is also a member of the editorial board of Publications, an open access journal. In his research, Benedikt deals with questions concerning the governance of science and innovation, in particular with the topics of impact and third mission, open science/open access and research infrastructures.

Stephanie Dawson, CEO ScienceOpen, grew up in northern California, studied Biology at Yale University and received a PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington. She spent over 10 years at the academic publisher De Gruyter in Berlin in the fields of biology and chemistry in both journals and book publishing. 2013 she joined ScienceOpen as managing director. With ScienceOpen she has been exploring scholarly communication in a digital environment, experimenting with open access publishing, discovery, preprints, open post-publication peer review, community curation, metadata enrichment, and alternative metrics.

Rebecca Winkels is the Director of Communications and Strategy at Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue) and has previously worked as a science communicator in various roles at the Helmholtz Association and WiD. She holds degrees in Biology and Science Journalism and is currently doing a phd in Science Communication.

Diana Kwon is a Canadian freelance science journalist based in Berlin, Germany. Before entering journalism, she obtained a master’s degree in neuroscience at McGill University. As a reporter, she covers the life sciences, health, and academic life through news stories, features, and profiles. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American, The Scientist, and Nature.

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