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 “Whither Open Science?” will take place in Exeter on 30–31 March 2023.

#. In the context of the conference, the PHIL_OS project hosts two public events locally: Can I trust Science? on 30 March at the Phoenix (free entrance for colleagues, email ), and the roundtable Is Open Science Good for Research? on 31 March at the Streatham campus Forum.

#. The workshop Community Engagement as Scientific Practice will take place in Exeter on 28 March 2023: Registration is open on a first-come-first-served basis.


#. PHIL_OS presented 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 participated 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 organised 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.