Open Science: science for the 21st century



n the past 18 months we have seen an unprecedented level of sharing as medical scientists worked collaboratively and shared data to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has accelerated the ongoing cultural shift in research practices towards open science.

This acceleration of the discovery/research process presents opportunities for institutions and governments to develop infrastructure, tools, funding, policies, and training to support, promote, and reward open science efforts. It also presents new opportunities to accelerate progress towards the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through international scientific cooperation.

At the same time, it presents new challenges: rapid developments in open science often outpace national open science policies, funding, and infrastructure frameworks. Moreover, the development of international standard setting instruments, such as the future UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, requires international harmonization of national policies, the establishment of frameworks to ensure equitable participation, and education, training, and professional development.

This 3-hour satellite event will bring together international and national policy makers, funders, and experts in open science infrastructure to discuss these issues.

It will begin with a presentation on the impacts of COVID on the open science ecosystem, followed by a high-level panel discussion. Participants will then be able to choose to join one of four interactive concurrent sessions on the following themes:

● open science infrastructure [Data repository, protocols and standards, licensing, professional development]
● open science funding [publications, incentivization, private sector participation]
● open science and international cooperation [UNESCO Recommendation, harmonization, equitable access]
● open science and government policy making [open government, funding, education and training]

Each concurrent session will have an expert moderator and will encourage active discussions among all participants. After the concurrent sessions, participants will have the opportunity to hear feedback from all four sessions in plenary.

The outcome of the satellite event will be a summary report with recommendations for open science policy alignment at institutional, national, and international levels.

The event will be hosted on the SpotMe events platform and participants will be able to choose which concurrent session they participate in upon registration. Registration is free but will be closed when capacity is reached.

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The Neuro is a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.




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