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.

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).

The December 2022 newsletter of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) contains a report with participant feedback, on our SPSP2022 Ghent pre-conference workshop, Methods Matter: Empirical Research in Philosophy of Science in Practice.


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

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

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.

Project meetings

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