On March 22, UGent will award an honorary doctorate to Brian Nosek, founder of the Centre of Open Science (cos.io) and the associated Open Science Framework (osf.io). To celebrate this event, we will organise an open science symposium on Thursday March 21. This will take place in H. Dunantlaan 2 (auditorium 1); it will start at 14:00h and finish around 18:30h (followed by a reception).

The title of the symposium is ‘Making Open Science a Reality’, with two interlinked key themes (based on the COS’s mission):

For the symposium, we plan a mix of presentations (by Jon Tennant, Paola Chiara Masuzzo, Tony Ross-Hellauer, among others) with sufficient time for discussions, and 5-min ‘blitz talks’ by UGent researchers and employees. The aim of these short presentations is to discuss local open science initiatives; we hope that this will give researchers a chance to learn from each other and build new open science networks within UGent. At the end of the symposium, Brian Nosek will deliver the keynote talk.

If you or one of your colleagues is interested in giving such a blitz talk, please send us the name of the speaker, and a title before March 1 (via email: frederick.verbruggen@ugent.be).

To get an idea of the number of participants, please register via this link: https://eventmanager.ugent.be/oss

A detailed program will follow closer to the event.