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On 23rd February, Fotis Tsiroukis and Rose Trappes gave a talk in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exeter u3a’s University Liaison lecture series</a>. Fotis and Rose discussed the open science movement, and introduced u3a members to the PHIL_OS project.

PHIL_OS was featured in the December 2023 issue of the Newsletter of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), in a piece written by our own Emma Cavazzoni and Rose Trappes.

Sabina was interviewed by national Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, “Not just Big Data guiding science, but ethics as well”.

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On November 19th, Paola Castaño participated and co-organized the panel “Building Open Science Communities in Space Biology” at the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research annual meeting in Washington, DC. The panel was a collaboration between PHIL_OS and the NASA Open Science Data Repository.

Rose Trappes published a post on the SORTEE blog. Together with collaborators in ecology and conservation biology, Rose discusses what needs to change in order to address the challenges and maximise the opportunities of reusing open data in ecology.

Rose Trappes held a panel discussion at the online conference of the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SORTEE) on 17 October 2023. She co-organised the panel “Navigating the complexities of reuse and synthesis in the open data landscape” with Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar from Bielefeld University.

Sabina Leonelli presented a keynote “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).

At the first Philosophy of Science India conference (21–23 June) in Bengaluru, Sabina gave a keynote “Rethinking Empiricism for 21st Century Research”. You can also watch an interview on citizen expertise and the philosophy of open science.

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).

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.

Our new volume “Towards Responsible Plant Data Linkage”, featuring many brilliant contributors, was launched on Friday 2 December. You could follow it online, and afterwards we had a small reception at 16:00 in Byrne House.

Sabina Leonelli was a Lead Thinker, in the Thinkers Programme 2022 “Reproducibility and Replicability in Science” of the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts (KVAB). This work, conducted with Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol), aims to map the concerns and needs of research stakeholders from universities to policy-makers and industry, and assemble recommendations for how debates and evaluations of reproducibility should move forward.

Sabina Leonelli intervened in the Westminster Higher Education Forum Policy Conference “Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework” on March 11, with a talk on “Open Science from Theory to Practice”. Slides available here.

The project had three positions open for PhD students with specific, distinct backgrounds and interests. Application deadline was 21 February 2022.

New team members Rose Trappes and Paola Castaño joined us in January 2022 as research fellows.

The whole academic year 2021/2022 until July, Sabina Leonelli was based at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, taking advantage of the wonderful WiKo environment to explore epistemic diversity.

Rose Trappes presented on 19 August 2023 at the hybrid conference “BioGovernance and Science Diplomacy: The Past and Future of UK-India Dialogues”, jointly organised by the Centre for Global Science and Epistemic Justice (GSEJ) at Kent University and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ think tank, RIS India.