Open Science Symposium – Friday 7th June 12:00-18:00

Open Science Symposium – Friday 7th June 12:00-18:00

Open Science and Open Access are the new norm for scientific research. All publications from research funded by the ERC and NWO have to be published Open Access starting January 1st 2020. Open Science will be one of the main criteria for assessment of researchers in the new academic reward system. Open Science is thus a topic of importance for all scientists. The transition towards Open Science provides opportunities but will also come with challenges for researchers. The aim of this iBBA symposium is provide practical guidelines and helpful tools to assist your transition towards Open Science. This means that the symposium is an informatieve workshop focussing on practical issues. On the one hand the facilities at the Vrije Universiteit that can support researchers to make their science more “open” will be presented, and on the other hand ethical considerations will be discussed by the panel. In order to exchange best practices with your fellow iBBA colleagues, lunch and networking drinks are arranged as well. We are looking forward to the iBBA Open Science symposium on Friday June 7th and hope to see you there.


Barbara Braams (iBBA, Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology)

Open Science: getting ready for the transition

The scientific world is transitioning towards Open Science. Open Science is comprised of three main factors: open access, open source and open data. In this talk I will explain what the transition to Open Science means for individual researchers. Some of the questions that I will discuss are: What does Plan S mean? When should all my publications be open access? and What are the type of things that I should do to prepare my work for Open Science?


Rogier A. Kievit (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge)

Open science with large public datasets: Principles, practice and pitfalls

Open Science practices are crucial for the robustness, replicability and accountability of scientific findings. However, proposals and tools for Open Science, especially in psychology, have largely focused on relatively simple experimental behavioural paradigms with convenience samples. In this talk, I will discuss how to integrate Open Science best practices for secondary data analysis including the use of large public datasets. This brings with it a set of unique challenges, but also opportunities. I will focus on the value of preregistration, data access and sharing, the importance of good coding practices viewed and what to do when things go terribly wrong.


Tomas Knapen (iBBA, Experimental and Applied Psychology)

Reproducible science through versioning of data and analysis

Reproducible science is taking great strides through the use of open datasets. This is an important and necessary development, but data is only one step on the road to scientific results. Making analysis equally reproducible is perhaps even more important for a fully open and reproducible empirical cycle. But, as a field, we need to learn how, and integrate this into our scientific practice. In this workshop, I will outline the major tools that allow us to make all stages of data analysis open and reproducible, from our own analysis code (git, GitHub/Lab) to the software tools that we use (Docker, Singularity). To get you on your way, you will learn the first steps of using git and GitHub through a brief practical. Bring your laptop!


Jessica Hrudey (VU, Research data officer)

“Open Science and the GDPR: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Researchers are expected to meet the obligations of both open data and the GDPR privacy legislation. Is that even possible or are these obligations far too antithetical? I will present a short overview of the concepts behind the GDPR and open data, and then discuss the methods that can be used to bridge the gap between them. In particular, I will focus on how to obtain consent from participants prior sharing their data. A few ongoing issues, controversies and developments will also be discussed.”


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If you have signed up, but it turns out you cannot make it after all, please let Barbara Goudriaan know by email:

Barbara Goudriaan
+31 20 59 88786