5th Annual Neuro Open Science in Action Symposium 2023

Thursday, November 30, 2023 09:00to18:00
Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

Open Science: Towards the New Normal

An event organized by the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute
In person at The Neuro and livestreamed online


The 2023 Open Science in Action symposium will focus on how Open Science is becoming the New Normal in research, featuring speakers from leading international and local initiatives. 

The morning session features a keynote lecture by Vincent Larivière, the first UNESCO chair in Open Science, who will provide a birds-eye perspective on how Open Science is a burgeoning research field.

The following panel discussion reflects on how Open Science, artificial intelligence, and experimental verification are providing the model for the future of drug discovery. The panel will be moderated by Viviane Poupon, CEO of Brain Canada, and feature leaders from well-established organizations like the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Molecular Forecaster, and the newly announced Conscience initiative. 

Open Science Prize Ceremony

The morning will conclude with the 2023 Neuro-Irv and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes Ceremony. The winners of this premier OS competition will accept their awards and present their work. Symposium attendees are then invited to join a celebratory lunch.

Open Science in Action at The Neuro

The afternoon will feature rounds of engaging flash talks that demonstrate how Open Science practices have become integral to a growing number of labs and initiatives at The Neuro, spanning the entire research life-cycle, including sharing data, software, methods and engaging in science outreach and education.

The day concludes with a cocktail reception to network and connect with the community, and you’re all invited!

Free Registration LINK

Livestreaming LINK

Program Booklet 

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*All times are EST


Annabel Seyller
CEO, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute Chief of Staff, The Neuro

Christopher Buddle
Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Planning), McGill University

Guy Rouleau
Director of The Neuro and Co-founder of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute

David Rotenberg
Director of Data Strategy & Business Intelligence at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Vincent Larivière
Inaugural UNESCO Chair in Open Science
Professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal


Open Science as a driver of new drug discovery models

Moderator: Viviane Poupon, President and CEO, Brain Canada 

Ryan Merkley
CEO, Conscience

Brian Fiske
Co-Chief Scientific Officer, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Suneel Kumar BVS
Director - Drug Design, Molecular Forecaster


Refreshment Pause


Chaired by:
Tom Durcan, Associate Professor, McGill University
Justine Hansen, PhD Candidate, McGill University


Canadian Trainee Prize
Hao-Ting Wang, Postdoctoral researcher, CRIUGM (Université de Montréal)

International Trainee Prize
Maruf Adewole, PhD Student, University of Lagos

Main International Prize
The Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS)
Represented by Yaroslav Halchenko, Research Associate Professor, Dartmouth College


Panel Discussion
Moderated panel discussion with all three Open Science prize winners.


Annabel Seyller
CEO, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute and Chief of Staff, The Neuro



Lunch provided onsite
Interactive activities, Open Science Trivia, and more!


Afternoon sessions: Open Science in Action at The Neuro

Three series of flash talks and discussions with leaders of Open Science initiatives from The Neuro


Moderator: Gabriel Pelletier, Open Science Data Manager, TOSI

Ruwan Bedeir, MSc Student (R. La Piana Lab), McGill University
The White Matter Rounds Initiative

Nikhil Bhagwat, Academic Associate, McGill University
ParkCore and NeuroArch

Harrison Aduluwa, MSc student (U. Anazodo Lab), The Neuro (McGill University)
Establishing sustainable imaging for neuroimaging science in Africa

Jason Karamchandani, Associate Professor, McGill University
Technical Innovations in Open Science: The C-BIG Repository and Patient Registry


Moderator: Jean-Baptiste Poline, Associate Professor, McGill University

Adrien Peyrache, Associate Professor, McGill University
Pynapple: Open-Source python library for neurophysiological data analysis

Jessica Royer & Raul Rodriguez Cruces, PhD Candidates, McGill University
MICA Pipe: Processing pipeline for multimodal MRI data analysis

Amir Shmuel, Professor, McGill University
Using deep learning for detecting artifacts in structural magnetic resonance images 

Judith Lacoste, Founding President and Scientific Director, MIA CELLAVIE Inc.
CBI Resource for microscopy data management and sharing

3:30 Refreshment Pause

Moderator: Linda Lafontaine, Patient, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)

Hilary Sweatman, PhD Candidate, McGill University
NeuroLingo: training the next generation of science communicators.

Cindy Hovington, Founder, Curious Neuron
The Curious Neuron Podcast: A trusted resource for evidence-based guidance on proactive emotional health for children

Kendra Oudyk, PhD Candidate, The Neuro (McGill University) Open Science Office Hours: Peer-to-peer support, training, and curated resources for open science

Stuart Trenholm, Associate Professor, McGill University
The Open Brain: Open Access interactive neuroscience textbook



Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, The Neuro (The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital)

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is at 3801 University Street, north of Pine Avenue West, on the McGill University campus opposite the former Royal Victoria Hospital.

Montreal is served by highway Routes 10, 15, 20 and 40, and by Greyhound Bus, ViaRail and the P-E-Trudeau airport. In the city, bus and metro service is provided by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

Wheelchair access

A wheelchair accessible entrance is on University Street north of the main entrance. Another wheelchair accessible entrance is in the loading area behind the building: to enter the loading area, turn into the driveway south of the main entrance. Please note, there is no parking in the loading area.


Parking near the MNI is sometimes difficult. There are parking meters on University Street and a parking lot north of the main entrance. To enter the lot, turn right into the driveway toward Molson Stadium.

Information about parking fees

Taxi Stand

There is a taxi stand on University Street across from the main entrance. You may call a cab from the free taxi phone in the main lobby near the Security Desk.

Access by Public Transportation (STM website)


There are four bus stops within walking distance:

  • Bus 144 stops at Pine Avenue and University Street
  • Bus 356 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street (Nightbus)
  • Bus 107 stops at Pine Avenue and Docteur Penfield
  • Bus 24 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street


Take the Metro Green Line to the McGill station. Walk north on University Street and cross Pine Avenue. The main entrance is on the right, past the flags.

Organizing Committee

Gabriel Pelletier, Open Science Data Manager, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI)

Leah Lefort, TOSI Coordinator

Annabel Seyller, Chief of Staff, The Neuro and CEO, TOSI

Thomas Durcan, Associate Professor, The Neuro and Chair, TOSI Prize Committee

Luisa Pimentel, Open Science Community Officer, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI)

Debbie Rashcovsky, Events Lead, The Neuro


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