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Open Science

Open Science aims to transform science by making research more open, global, collaborative, creative and closer to society.

The Health Research Board (HRB) in partnership with the ALLEA e-Humanities Working Group and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is organising a two-day Open Science event at the Royal Irish Academy on 27-28 June 2016.

The immediate impetus for this event is the invited visit of Professor Barend Mons, Chair of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) of the European Open Science Cloud Initiative (EOSC). The HLEG provides strategic advice to the EU Commission on research data sharing, data stewardship and data reuse in the context of the implementation of the EOSC, as part of the EU Commission Digital Single Market Strategy.

The first day (Day1 Monday 27 June 2016) will be policy focused and will bring together leading players in Ireland to discuss our Open Science policies and practices and to consider how to develop the Open Science agenda  in Ireland.  

The second day (Day 2 Tuesday 28 June 2016) will focus on research data governance and good practice, and is targeted at researchers and institutions’ research support personnel.

Please note that with different target audiences, there is a separate registration process (and link / url) for each day.

It is planned to publish a report after the event laying out an Irish agenda for Open Science, current thinking in Ireland on how to progress, and including exemplars of current best practice in Ireland.  We also hope to be better informed on how the HRB and other players could facilitate and support best practice in Ireland on use and reuse of research data, meet EU recommendations and approach the development of new expertise.

Day 1 Open Science and Ireland

Monday 27th June 2016, 10:30 - 17:30

The Royal Irish Academy Dublin

Download the Day 1 Agenda

Key activities:

  • Keynote address outlining how the EU is developing Open Science as a priority agenda and reaching out to Member States, and providing an insight into the EU Open Science Policy Platform. 
  • Case studies and presentations showing Ireland’s current relationship with Open Science.
  • Discussion from the perspective of different sectors on what Ireland should do to progress
  • Publication of a report after the event laying out an Irish agenda for Open Science and including exemplars of current best practice in Ireland.  

Speakers include:

Session 1: Opening Session

  • Dr Graham Love, CEO, Health Research Board (Chair)
  • Professor Barend Mons, Chair of the High Level Expert Group of the European Open Science Cloud Initiative.
  • Professor Martin Curley, Chair of the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group, Vice-president at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe

Session 2: Ireland’s relationship with Open Science. Practical case studies and exemplars

  • Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator and founder of The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing (TILDA)
  • Ms Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency

Session 3: What does Ireland need to do to progress?

  • Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Dr Alison Campbell, Director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland
  • Dr Eucharia Meehan, Director Irish Research Council
  • Professor Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, Director Insight Centre for Data Analytics @NUIG

Session 4: Ireland's current involvement in Europe

  • Dr Sandra Collins, Director National Library of Ireland, Research Data Alliance (RDA) European Steering Forum member and the Irish Open Data Governance Board
  • Dr Natalie Harrower, Director Digital Repository Ireland, Chair ALLEA e-humanities WG, member of the OECD group on sustainable data repositories.
  • Dr Maura Hiney, HRB Head of Post-Award and Evaluation, Chair of Science Europe Research Integrity Working Group
  • Dr Patricia Clarke, HRB Programme Manager, member of Science Europe Research Data Management Protocols Working Group and National Open Access Policy Committee
  • Dr Jennifer Edmond Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) Steering Committee and member of the EU Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) 
  • Ms Niamh Brennan, Programme Manager for Research Informatics, TCD Library and Horizon 2020

Session 5: Open Discussion

Register to attend this Day 1 event at :



Day 2 Open Science - Exploring Data

Tuesday 28th June 2016, 10:30 - 15:00

Royal Irish Academy Dublin   

Download the Day 2 Agenda

This event will promote and discuss support for a culture of good research practice on managing, using, sharing and publishing research data. Researchers, research institutions, research-support providers and funders all have key roles to play in supporting an enabling environment and in developing the resources, expertise and infrastructure required in order to sustain the long term value of the research data.

Key activities:

  • Keynote outlining the importance of research data management and stewardship, data publication, FAIR principles, current international needs and EU targets, and the data expertise necessary to support research data good practice. 
  • Case studies and presentations of current research data practice in Ireland.
  • Panel and audience discussion on the issues, barriers and enablers in Ireland towards addressing EU recommendations.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Barend Mons, Chair of the High Level Expert Group of the European Open Science Cloud Initiative. 
  • Professor Mark Lawler, Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr John Howard, University Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin (UCD) and Executive Director of the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA).
  • Professor Susan Schreibman, Professor of Digital Humanities and Director of An Foras Feasa, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Professor Tom Fahey, Professor of General Practice in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Principal Investigator for the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research

Register to attend this Day2 event at

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