Open in Practice 2019: Speakers and presentations

Here you can find slides and posters from Open in Practice 2019, and information about our guest speakers.



Keynote 1

Open Research initiatives at Reading

Publication and peer review for the 21st century

Keynote 2

Open Research Award

Information about our guest speakers

Danny Kingsley, ‘The Open Research journey – from concept to implementation’

‘Open Research’ as a term was not in the lexicon a decade ago and has only really hit mainstream in the past five years. Having a position on Open Research allows an institution to consider proactive ways to meet these needs rather than reacting to new policies. This is strategic preparation in what is a highly volatile environment where many parameters are not yet defined. No-one has all the answers here, we are all feeling our way, but working collectively is, in itself, a good model for ‘openness’. This talk is part of that openness, to share where Cambridge is on this journey.

Dr Danny Kingsley is the Deputy Director, Scholarly Communication and Research Services at Cambridge University Libraries. Her role has responsibility for managing funder mandates for open access and research data management. This includes working closely with colleagues within the University, the UK and internationally to ensure good policy development and implementation.

Danny sits on several advisory and editorial boards and regularly publishes blogs and research papers and is invited to speak at conferences. Before moving to the UK she established the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group. This followed on from working for four years as the Manager of Scholarly Communication at the Australian National University, a natural extension of her 2008 PhD into the range of ways different disciplines engage with open access. She has worked as a science communicator for 15 years, including two years with ABC Science Online as a journalist for News in Science.

Danny regularly edits and writes for the Unlocking Research blog and Tweets enthusiastically. Her ORCID profile lists some publications and many of her presentations are available.

Twitter: @dannykay68

Stephen Curry, ‘Is the future open?’

In recent years the open access movement has broadened into a movement for open science, which aims not only to improve exchange between researchers but to strengthen the links between academics and the societies of which they are an integral part. However, despite widespread support for the idea of openness, progress has been slowed by the tenacious roots of our established forms of research assessment, which place great emphasis on publication and the hierarchy of journals. The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), among others, is working to unlock the true potential of open science by opening up more effective and more holistic approaches to determining what it is we value in scientific research. The key to success is enabling practical measures that work.

Stephen Curry is a Professor of Structural Biology in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College. His research over the past three decades has been focused on protein-drug interactions, and virus and host-cell proteins involved in the replication of RNA viruses – principally foot-and-mouth disease virus and noroviruses. As of last year, he became Imperial’s first Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This latest appointment arose because of his burgeoning interest in opening up the culture of science and universities. It’s origin’s lie in a decision made 10 years ago to start writing about the scientific life in the 21st world.

Since then Stephen has written regularly on his Reciprocal Space blog and at the Guardian, covering a wide range of topics including open access, research assessment and science policy. An active campaigner, Stephen is a founder member of Science is Vital, and for the past six years has been a member of the board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering – both organizations that make the case for public investment in R&D. He was a member of the UK government-convened group which in 2015 produced the Metric Tide report on the use of metrics in research assessment. He is currently chair of the steering group of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) which is actively promoting reform of research assessment worldwide.

Twitter: @Stephen_Curry

Demitra Ellina, ‘Open Research: Moving beyond open access’

Demitra Ellina is the Editorial Community Manager at F1000 which she joined in 2017 after working in journal development at Springer Nature. She is a strong advocate of Open Research and engages with the research community to raise awareness of the F1000 publishing platforms. In her role, she supports the development of funder specific platforms, particularly Wellcome Open Research and AMRC Open Research. These platforms aim to transform the way science is communicated and provides researchers with innovative solutions for how their research is shared, used and reused.

Twitter: @j_ellina