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).



On November 19th, Paola Castaño participated and co-organized the panel “Building Open Science Communities in Space Biology” at the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research annual meeting in Washington, DC. The panel was a collaboration between PHIL_OS and the NASA Open Science Data Repository.

Rose Trappes published a post on the SORTEE blog. Together with collaborators in ecology and conservation biology, Rose discusses what needs to change in order to address the challenges and maximise the opportunities of reusing open data in ecology.

Rose Trappes held a panel discussion at the online conference of the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SORTEE) on 17 October 2023. She co-organised the panel “Navigating the complexities of reuse and synthesis in the open data landscape” with Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar from Bielefeld University.

Sabina Leonelli presented a keynote “Telling Research Like It Is: Openness, Transparency and the Quest for Trustworthy Assessment”, at the 27th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (STI2023, at the University of Leiden, September 27–28).


Sabina Leonelli & Rose Trappes organised a symposium titled “The Nature of Research Environments” at the 2023 European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) meeting in Belgrade (Serbia), 20–23 September. Here are the details and session description.

Nathanael Sheehan was involved in the Environmental Intelligence event at the British Science Festival in Exeter on September 8. This is a joint MetOffice & University of Exeter project, seeking to harness Big Data and AI to address environmental problems. At the event, science and art were fused to present the research in a memorable and thought-provoking way.

On September 5, Sabina Leonelli presented the keynote of the “Open to Complexity” Symposium on open science in the social sciences and humanities, at the University of Tilburg (NL), and participated in the roundtable at the end. The symposium was organised on the occasion of Sabina receiving an honorary doctorate from the University during its festive opening of the new academic year.

Project meetings

The project has monthly meetings open to collaborators around the world.