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).



In June, Rose Trappes will give a seminar on the philosophy of open science at the University of Oslo (7 June), and a talk on “The Challenges of Evaluating Citizen Science Data” at the Philosophy of Science India conference (21–23 June) in Bengaluru.

Paola gave a talk on 5 May 2023 at the University of Cambridge, about NASA’s GeneLab plant experiments in “Defining ‘Space’ through Data Sharing”, during the 4th Philosophy in Biology and Medicine conference (PhilInBioMed4).

On 27 March 2023, the Italian Open Science Society organised a book launch and discussion round at the University of Trento & online, to celebrate the publication of our Plant Data Linkage volume.

Rose Trappes gave a presentation, “Niche-based theories of scientific practice: A scoping survey”, at the Perspectives on Scientific Practice workshop (15 March 2023, University of Exeter).


In the context of the PHIL_OS Exploratory Conference, the project hosted two public events locally: “Can I trust Science?”  at the Phoenix Centre (details and podcast here), and the roundtable “Is Open Science Good for Research?” (details and video here) at the Streatham campus Forum (30 & 31 March 2023).

The first big meeting of the PHIL_OS project, the Exploratory Conference “Whither Open Science?” took place in Exeter on 30–31 March 2023.

The workshop “Community Engagement as Scientific Practice” took place in Exeter on 28 March 2023.

Project meetings

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