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).



Sabina Leonelli will hold a keynote presentation “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 and Joyce started their collaboration with CSIR-CRI in Kumasi (Ghana), as reported here: “CSIR-Crops Research Institute Embraces the Culture of Open Science for Agricultural Innovations”. Joyce will spend three months at CRI as part of her fieldwork.

Sabina has been elected to be President (July 2025–2027) of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social (ISHPSSB).

PHIL_OS work covered by Nature magazine: Sabina Leonelli was interviewed for a Nature feature article on data sharing tips, particularly concerning questions of data accessibility across diverse research environments (June 27, 2023).


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.

Phil_OS has organised three sessions at ISHPSSB Toronto (9-15 July): A double session on July 12, “Conceptualising Environments in and for Research: Biological and Philosophical Perspectives”,  as well as a further session on July 13, “Coordination within and beyond the lab: Challenges of transdisciplinary life science” and with Federica Bocchi on July 11,  “Making Data Communities”.

Project meetings

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