A Philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments

The PHIL_OS project (2021–2025) aims to develop an empirically grounded philosophy of Open Science [OS] that emphasises the diversity of research environments around the world and articulates the conditions under which OS can leverage such diversity to promote good research practice.

We are based at Egenis, the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences of the University of Exeter (UK).



#. The PHIL_OS Exploratory Conference “Wither Open Science?” will take place in Exeter on 30–31 March 2022.

#. Sabina Leonelli gave five lectures at the WTMC Summer School 2022 “Opening Up Diversity” under the school theme (22-26 August, the Netherlands). See here for details and presentation slides.

#. Rose Trappes was a panelist on the Open Science panel discussion at the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) annual conference (8 July, Exeter).

#. Sabina Leonelli intervened in the Westminster Higher Education Forum Policy Conference “Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework” on March 11, with a talk on “Open Science from Theory to Practice”. Slides available here.

#. Sabina Leonelli is working as a Lead Thinker in the Thinkers Programme 2022 “Reproducibility and Replicability in Science” of the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts (KVAB). This work, conducted with Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol), aims to map the concerns and needs of research stakeholders from universities to policy-makers and industry, and assemble recommendations for how debates and evaluations of reproducibility should move forward. Follow the link for more information.

#. Sabina Leonelli has been chosen as the Anchor Teacher at the 2022 WTMC Summer School “Opening Up Diversity” in Ravenstein, The Netherlands. WTMC Summer Schools are prominent training spaces for PhD students in Science & Technology Studies in the Netherlands and beyond, with this event focusing closely on PHIL_OS themes through several lectures and interactive sessions with students and external guests. Follow the link for more information.

#. New team members Rose Trappes and Paola Castaño joined us in January 2022 as research fellows.

#. Sabina Leonelli was based at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin until July 2022, taking advantage of the wonderful WiKo environment to explore epistemic diversity.


#. PHIL_OS presents analysis of COVID-19 sequencing platforms by Nathanael Sheehan and Sabina Leonelli at the Third PhilInBioMed conference in Pittsburgh, November 13–14, 2022.

#. PHIL_OS participates in the PSA2022 with a project poster and a session “Scientific medicine”, in Pittsburgh, November 10–13, 2022.

#. Sabina Leonelli and Rachel Ankeny have organised the pre-conference workshop Methods Matter: Empirical Research in Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) in Ghent, Belgium, July 1, 2022.

#. Sabina Leonelli is organising a symposium at the 9th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) in Ghent, Belgium, July 2-4, 2022.

#. Sabina Leonelli lead and keynoted the final symposium of the “Reproducibility and Replicability in Science” programme of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, together with Stephan Lewandowsky.

#. Paola Castaño gave a talk titled “Experiments, Communities, and Datasets: Sociological Notes about Plant Biology on the International Space Station”, in the One O’clock Space Lecture series of the UCL Space Domain on March 15, 2022 (Virtual/Zoom).

Project meetings

Starting in January 2022, the project has monthly meetings open to collaborators around the world.