Open Science Meet-Ups

The Open Science Meet-Ups, which take place once a month in English, provide a space for relaxed exchange on Open Science-related topics. Members of all ERUA universities (University of Konstanz, Roskilde University, New Bulgarian University, Université Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) are very welcome. No registration is necessary.

Do you have topic suggestions, ideas or requests that you would like to discuss at an Open Science Meet-Up? We would be very happy to hear from you.


Next Meet-Ups

27.10.2022: Open Access Books

14:00 - 14:45 Uhr CET

Individual articles that are published in Open Access journals or via preprint servers have established themselves in a range of academic disciplines since the 1990s. A less well-known format of Open Access publishing are the so-called Open Access books, i.e. full-fledged academic books that are published without access restrictions on the internet.

In this meet-up, Andreas Kirchner, Open Access consultant at the University of Konstanz’ Team Open Science and co-founder of the Open Access publisher meson press, will explain what characterises open access books and in which academic contexts they are popular. Moreover, he will shed light on why meson press chose to publish Open Access books, what the process of publication at meson press looks like and how their Open Access books are financed.

After the talk, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss things in greater detail. All members of the five ERUA universities (New Bulgarian University, Roskilde, Konstanz, Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) are very welcome to join in the session, no registration is required.

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24.11.2022: Repositories

14:00 - 14:45 Uhr CET

Repositories are among the most important building blocks of Open Science. As storage services for digital objects like research data or journal articles, they are indispensable when it comes to publishing, (self-)archiving and making papers as well as data available to the global public.

In this meet-up, Gabriel Schneider will explain what different kinds of repositories there are and why you should use consider using repositories to publish data and text publications. Moreover, he will provide practical insight into how KonDATA, the institutional research data repository of the University of Konstanz, was developed.

After the talk, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss things in greater detail. All members of the five ERUA universities (New Bulgarian University, Roskilde, Konstanz, Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) are very welcome to join in the session, no registration is required.

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Past Meet-Ups

29.09.2022: The Impact of Bulgaria's National Open Science Plan on the New Bulgarian University

14:00 - 14:45 Uhr CET

Unlike many countries of the European Union, Bulgaria channels their Open Science efforts through a national Open Science plan which was set up by the government.

It is not hard to imagine that implementing this plan has had an overall impact not only on academic infrastructures in Bulgaria, but also on the way individual universities perform Open Science. In this meet-up, Kristina Stoyanova, Radostina Todorova and Assoc. Prof. Eduard Marinov will show how the plan has redefined the way the New Bulgarian University in Sofia performs Open Science. How has the plan influenced the university’s infrastracture ? How has it changed already-existing Open Science efforts ? Which new measures and Open Science services have been created as a consequence of what the plan requires and suggests?

After the talk, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss individual aspects in greater detail. All members of the five ERUA universities (New Bulgarian University,  Roskilde, Konstanz, Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) are very welcome to join the session, no registration is required.

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- Kristina Stoyanova, Radostina Todorova and Assoc. Prof. Eduard Marinov, New Bulgarian University
- Maximilian Heber, Team Open Science, Universität Konstanz

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- Slides: The Impact of the Bulgarian National Plan on the New Bulgarian University (CC BY 4.0 International)

21.07.2022: Citizen Science

On July 21, 2022, the 7th ERUA Open Science Meet-Up was held on Zoom between 14:00 and 14:45. The topic was Citizen Science.

The term Citizen Science refers to research methods or fields of science in which research projects are carried out with the assistance of or entirely by interested non-academics.

In this meet-up, Sacha Zurcher and Pernille Nailor looked at what can be defined as Citizen Science and what roles citizens can take in the production and consumption of scientific knowledge. Sacha included practical examples of Citizen Science conducted at Roskilde University to demonstrate how Citizen Science can be performed and what experiences were made when conducting Citizen Science.

After the talk, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and to share and discuss their own experiences with Citizen Science. All members of the five ERUA universities (New Bulgarian University, Roskilde, Konstanz, Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) were very welcome to join the session, no registration is required.

Researchers at Roskilde University have long worked with the overall ideas that are reflected in the term ”Citizen Science” by including different citizen-involving elements in their research projects. However, along the way, researchers have used different terms – esp. “action research”, “co-creation” and “participatory research” – to describe these activities. Therefore, the best way to find out more about specific projects at Roskilde University which include these methods is by visiting the university website, www.forskning.ruc.dk, and see what comes up when typing in the different terms. Forskning.ruc.dk is a great resource for anyone who is interested in knowing more about current researchers and research projects at Roskilde University.

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- Slides of Sacha Zurcher's presentation (CC BY-NC 4.0 Sacha Zurcher, Special Adviser Research Data, Roskilde University Library, The Royal Danish Library)

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23.06.2022 Open Access Journals

On June 23, 2022, the sixth ERUA Open Science Meet-Up was held on Zoom between 2:00 pm and 2:45 pm (German Time) in English. The topic was Open Access Journals.

Digital journals are becoming more and more important in academic publishing. A general distinction is made between closed access journals and open access journals; while articles in closed access journals are behind paywalls, open access articles can be read for free by everyone and everywhere.

In this meet-up, George Walkden, professor of English linguistics and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Historical Syntax, will outline the main differences between closed access journals and open access journals by using the Journal of Historical Syntax as an example. Furthermore, he will discuss why the Journal’s editors chose open rather than closed access, what editorial and publiction-related workflows consist of and how the Journal is financed.

After the talk, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss things in greater detail. All members of the five ERUA universities (New Bulgarian University, Roskilde, Konstanz, Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) were very welcome to join in the session, no registration is required.

Do you have any questions on Open Access Journals? You are very welcome to contact George or the Team Open Science anytime.

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- Prof. Dr. George Walkden, Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz
- Maximilian Heber, Team Open Science, University of Konstanz

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18.05.2022: The University Paris 8's Open Science Pole

On 18 May 2022, the fifth ERUA Open Science Meet-Up took place on Zoom between 14:00 and 15:15 (German Time). The topic was: The University of Paris 8 Open Science Pole.

The University of Paris 8 Open Science Pole pursues various objectives to the end of enhancing the university’s Open Science profile. The Pole’s aims are to

1.) structure the university‘s Open Science-related services.
2.) increase the visibility of Paris 8 Open Access publications in the academic world.
3.) make sure Paris 8 meets the requirements of both French and European standards.
4.) strengthen the university‘s position in the Open Science movement.
5.) enhance the dissemination of Open Science-related awareness within the territory Ile de France in terms of Citizen and Participatory Science.

In the first part of the meet-up, Dr. Goran Sekulovski explained in which institutional contexts the Pole was created, how it is operated at managerial level and which action plan will be deployed to achieve its goals and to monitor its effects. 

In the second part of the meet-up, participants had the opportunity to ask questions about the Pole and to discuss its individual elements in greater detail. All members of the five ERUA universities (New Bulgarian University, Roskilde, Konstanz, Paris 8 and University of the Aegean) are very welcome to join in, no registration is required.

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- Dr. Goran Sekulovski, Service Commun de la Documentation, University of Paris 8
- Maximilian Heber, Team Open Science, University of Konstanz

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28.04.2022: Open Data Science

On 28 April 2022, the fourth ERUA Open Science Meet-Up took place on Zoom between 14:00 and 14:45 (German Time). The topic was Open Data Science.

An important aspect of Open Science, especially in scientific fields that rely on empirical approaches, is using transparent and reproducible data analytical methods (sometimes labelled as „Open Data Science“). In addition to the required documenting of one’s own work, this also makes methods accessible to other researchers and to the public. In combination with publishing data sets online, this allows for completely reproducible analytical workflows, which is essential to make data processes verifiable to enhance the transparency and reusability of scientific findings.

In the context of this meet-up, Dr. Urs Kalbitzer (University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior) showed how he applies Open Data Science in the context of his current scientific project, which analyses the impact of climate change on the fruit production of tropical trees. We are looking forward to seeing you there and to hearing your thoughts and experiences on Open Data Science.

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31.03.2022: Open Educational Resources

On 31 March 2022, the third ERUA Open Science Meet-Up took place on Zoom between 14:00 and 14:45 (German Time). The topic was Open Educational Resources (OER).

Open Educational Resources are a dimension of Open Science which is often overlooked: Especially among teachers and course instructors, the opportunities of Open Educational Resources are far too little known and seized. Frequently abbreviated as OER, Open Educational Resources are – as the name suggests – (self-)teaching materials which can be accessed by everyone for free on the internet. In this ERUA Open Science meet-up, we will be discussing, among other things, where you can find Open Educational Resources and what you need to keep in mind when producing your own OER by looking at exemplary cases. We are looking forward to meeting you all there – members of all ERUA universities (Roskilde, Konstanz, New Bulgarian University, Paris 8 and the University of the Aegean) are invited and warmly welcome to drop by. No registration is required.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.

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24.02.2022: Openness

After a fun round of Open Science Jeopardy in January, the second ERUA English-language Open Science Meet-Up took place on 24.02.2022, between 14.00 and 14.45 (German Time). The topic was "Openness".

What do we mean by open data and publications? How do we perceive openness in our scientific and professional environments? And, should there be limits to openness?

Drop by and discuss these topics with open science enthusiasts from Paris, Sofia, Konstanz, Roskilde and the Aegean. All interested members of ERUA universities are invited. No registration is necessary.

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27.01.2022: Open Science Jeopardy

The first monthly Open Science Meet-Up took place on 27.01.2022 between 14.00 and 14.45 (in English). The KIM of the University of Konstanz organised this meet-up in the context of ERUA with our European partner universities. We played a game of Jeopardy on the topic of Open Science. There, we could find out about how central Open Science terms are defined in other European countries and get in touch with Open Science enthusiasts from Paris, Sofia, Roskilde and the Aegean Islands.

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