Open in Practice: Inspirations, Strategies and Methods for Open Research

University of Reading campus

Location: University of Reading, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, RG6 6AH. [Find on map]

Time and date: 10:00-16:00, Thursday 30th March 2017

Twitter: #UoRopen

Contact us: / 0118 378 6161

Open in Practice is a free conference on the theme of Open Research for researchers in the sciences and the humanities, hosted by the University of Reading.

*Click here for conference programme*

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What is Open Research and why is it important? How do you do it? What does it cost? What’s in it for you? What are the examples that can inspire you, and the methods you can adopt in your own research practice?

This conference will explore how researchers can incorporate Open Research methods in their research practice, and the benefits that this can bring. It will showcase inspiring examples of Open Research in the sciences and the humanities, and present strategies and methods that researchers can use to make their research more transparent and more effective. Guest speakers will include academic advocates and practitioners of Open Research, publishers and data specialists. There will be opportunities to network and share ideas throughout the day. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Topics to be discussed include: using open methods and materials; open access publishing and open peer review; open data and open software; tools and technologies for open research; digital humanities; open standards and formats; and open community initiatives.

The programme will feature:

  • inspirational talks from academics who have embraced Open Research ideas and practices in their research activities;
  • parallel sessions led by academics, publishers and the UK Data Archive presenting various Open methods and practices that can be incorporated into research practice;
  • an Open Question Time, with a guest panel taking audience questions on the merits and future possibilities of Open Research.

Join us to find out more about how you can use open methods to transform the way you work and to communicate your research effectively.

Conference programme and speakers

The conference programme and timetable is available here. The following will speak at the event:

  • Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol;
  • Simon Tanner, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage and Pro Vice Dean (Impact & Innovation), Arts and Humanities, King’s College London;
  • Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London;
  • Sierra Williams, Community Manager, PeerJ;
  • Jonathan Tedds, Senior Research Fellow, University of Leicester;
  • Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Head of Data Publishing, Springer Nature;
  • James O’Sullivan, Digital Humanities Research Associate, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield;
  • Louise Corti, Associate Director, UK Data Archive.

Phil Newton, Research Dean for Environment at the University, will deliver the Welcome and Closing remarks, and Roberta Gilchrist, Research Dean for Heritage and Creativity and Professor of Archaeology, will chair the concluding discussion featuring a panel of our invited speakers.

Further information about our speakers can be found on the Speakers and presentations web page. Copies of speakers’ presentations will be made available from this page after the event.


Conference registration is now open to:

  • researchers at the University of Reading;
  • academics from other institutions.

A maximum of 80 people can attend this event, and only those who have registered in advance will be able to attend, so please register early to avoid disappointment. We regret that only active academic researchers may attend the conference. Unfortunately we have limited places available for research students and academics not based at Reading.

Attendance and travel information

Registration on the day will take place in the first floor foyer of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS) Building, on the University of Reading Whiteknights campus. Attendees should enter the HumSS building via Entrance 1 (next to the cafe) and proceed upstairs to the foyer. [Find on map]

Information for anyone traveling from outside Reading can be found here. The HumSS Building is no. 1 in sector C4 on the campus map.

The Whiteknights campus is easily accessible by public transport, with a direct bus link service from the train station to the campus. It is just a short walk to the HumSS Building from the Whiteknights House bus stop and taxi drop-off area inside the Shinfield Road entrance.

Those traveling to the conference by car are advised to use car park 1A inside the Shinfield Road entrance, marked on the campus map. A limited number of parking permits can be provided on request. Please contact us to apply for a permit. The route from car park 1A to the HumSS Building will be signposted.

Conference team