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Workshops & seminars

Catalyzing Open Science

Charting the Path Forward at Concordia University

Date & time
Thursday, October 26, 2023
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free


The Library


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Open science—and the broader open scholarship movement—is reshaping the landscape of research by democratizing access to knowledge and bringing inclusion and transparency to the forefront. While endorsing the concept of open science is straightforward in principle, translating it into action poses great challenges because it requires that researchers implement several practices in their workflows. These practices include open access, open educational resources, open data, open labs, open peer review, open-source software, and citizen science. While open science implementation once depended on scholars voluntarily incorporating some of these practices into their research, it is now unmistakably becoming a priority in both Québec and the rest of Canada. This shift is substantiated by new policies and mandates currently being enacted by federal and provincial funding agencies.

The Concordia Open Science Working Group (COSWG) invites you to join us in charting the path forward for the implementation of open science at Concordia University. Led by Nicolás Alessandroni and Krista Byers-Heinlein, COSWG consists of 20+ professors, librarians, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from across different academic units and departments. COSWG recently published a report outlining a series of practical recommendations for fostering Open Science at Concordia University—now openly available on Concordia University’s institutional repository, Spectrum.

Hear from Andrea Sander-Montant (Concordia University, Canada), Malvika Sharan (The Turing Way, UK), Heidi Baumgartner (Stanford Big Team Science Laboratory, US), and Gabriel Pelletier (Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, The Montreal Neurological Institute / The Neuro, Canada) who are some of the current leaders in Open Science making a difference in Canada and beyond. Their feedback on our report sets the stage for an interactive discussion where your feedback matters: How do you rank our recommendations in priority order? How do we begin to take action in our individual and collective practices? How can we chart the path to promoting open science at Concordia?

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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