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 be the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society, at the US Library of Congress from 1 May to 31 July 2024, and will therefore be temporarily based in Washington to work on “Openness, Democracy and Technologies of Evidence”.

Paola Castaño gave a presentation about the OSDR AWGs at the 2024 NASA OSDR Analysis Working Group Symposium on 2 May 2024.

Sabina Leonelli held a keynote presentation “Human-Centric Open Science” at the First Tri-partite meeting of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) under the Belgian EU presidency (Brussels, 16 April 2024). The EOSC newspage summarized Sabina’ talk in its report, calling it thought-provoking.

The PHIL_OS project was featured in the April 2024 instalment of the Online Seminars on Open Science hosted by the Italian Reproducibility Network. Rose Trappes talked to PhD students and interested researchers about the consequences of open science for epistemic diversity and what lessons the project is drawing for open science practices and policy. The talk is now available on the @italianrepro YouTube channel.

Rose Trappes presented at the workshop “Subjects, Power, and Knowledge”, held at Stanford University on the 15th and 16th of March 2024 on the occasion of the retirement of Helen Longino. Rose presented her work exploring Longino's epistemic pluralism about behaviour.


Sabina co-organised the Conference “Understanding Life in a Changing Planet” on 17–19 April 2024. This celebration of 20+2 years of Egenis, on the occasion of John Dupré’s retirement, brought philosophers from over the world to Exeter.

Project meetings

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