Monday 8 April 

12:00  |  Launch

Hardiman Building G011

Launch of NUI Galway Open Science Week by Prof Lokesh Joshi.

12:05 - 13:30  |  Lunchtime Movie screening - Paywall

Hardiman Building G011

The movie Paywall focuses on the need for open access to research and science and questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers. Followed by Q&A and light lunch. This event is aimed at researchers academics and admin from any institution and members of the public. 

Register here. Contact Peter Corrigan for more information. 

14:00 - 16:00  |  Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Women in Science

AS203 The River Room, Arts & Science Building

Women in science are under-represented on Wikipedia, with just 18% of biographies for women! Our aim is to add overlooked women and women’s work in science to Wikipedia. Our edit-a-thon will copyedit, source, and write articles and can teach you how to do these things too! No experience needed. Supported by Wikimedia Community Ireland. This event is aimed at researchers, academics, admin from any institutions, Wikipedians and members of the public.

Register here. Contact Jessamyn Fairfield or Sharon Flynn for more information. 

Tuesday 9 April

Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Lab

AM207, CELT Seminar Room, Arts Millennium Building

In cooperation with the OER19 conference team and the Centrum Cyfrowe, the OER World Map project organizes the first OER POLICY Lab. The aim is to collect global OER policies, with a special focus on Europe, identify new functionality needed for the OER Policy Registry, and develop a global network of OE Policy Experts who want to cooperate in order to facilitate global mainstreaming of Open Education. The event is aimed at experienced and soon-to-be experts on OER and Policy Making.

Register here. Contact Sharon Flynn  or Catherine Cronin for more information. 

12:00 - 13:30  |  Data Conversation - Talking Historical Data with Dr Kieran Fitzpatrick & Dr Ali Hasnain

The Bridge Room 1001, Hardiman Building

Data Conversations are informal events where Data issues, especially Research Data Management issues are discussed. These informal events are a mixture of short talks and panel discussions aimed at bringing our researcher community together in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Conversations provide an opportunity for participants to meet researchers from different disciplines and at different career stages, together with the support personnel who can help them with their Research Data Management Plans. 

Why Data Conversations?

Open Research Data is at the heart of the research process and Open Science. Properly collected and interpreted data as evidence drives decisions in every domain. Generating knowledge in a publicly funded institution often with publicly funded money implies a public responsibility.

The  Data Conversations aim to bring data practitioners together to talk about how might researchers best create, collect, use and share data in the context of Open Science. Views on Research Data Management will vary across disciplines and research methods. Managing sensitive interviews data in the Health Sciences differs from working with large datasets generated by machines or sensors. We want to provide a platform to discuss how you approach data management and what challenges you face.

The Data Conversation brings together researchers, research support staff and data management experts from all subject areas. Experienced researchers are welcome as well as PhD students.

Register here. To learn more contact Peter Corrigan


Wednesday 10 - Thursday 11 April

10th Annual Open Educational Resources (OER) Conference 2019

Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS)
Tickets starting at £200

The 10th Annual OER Conference is being held for the first time in Ireland.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Kate Bowles (Univ of Wollongong), Dr. Su-ming Khoo (NUI Galway), Taskeen Adam (Univ of Cambridge), Caroline Kuhn (Bath Spa Univ) and Judith Pete (Catholic Univ of Eastern Africa) Learn more about the keynote speakers here

This year’s conference theme is: “Recentering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives”, focusing on critical approaches to open education and how Open Education can improve educational access, effectiveness, and equality.

The conference is targeted at educators from all sectors, students, researchers, and policy makers.

Register here. Contact Catherine Cronin to learn more. 

Thursday 11 - Friday 12 April

9.30-16.00/9.00-16.30  |  Open Science in Health Research: two-day introductory workshop for early career researchers

AMB-GO65 (School of Psychology)
Tickets €50 include lunch and refreshments

This two day workshop will include guest speakers and hands-on workshops. Speakers include national and international experts including:  Professor Declan Devane (NUI Galway, HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network, Evidence Synthesis Ireland), Dr Sile Lane (AllTrials Initiative, Sense about Science), Dr Hopin Lee (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences Catalyst/University of Oxford Centre for Statistics in Medicine), Dr Chris Noone (NUI Galway), Dr Darren Dahly (University College Cork, HRB Clinical Research Facility), Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar (University College Cork, Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences Catalyst), Vicky Hellon (F1000, HRB Open Research), Dr Peter Murray Rust (University of Cambridge) and Dr Annalisa Montesanti (Health Research Board).

Workshop aims to build capacity in open science specifically amongst early career researchers in Irish health research.

Workshop objectives are to: 

  1. Provide a general overview of open science, its components and principles,
  2. To develop basic open science knowledge and skills in a) research design and planning, b) data management and analysis, c) research reporting and d) publication and dissemination
  3. Cultivate a generation of future Irish health researchers who are passionate and knowledgeable about open science principles and ideals\

This workshop is aimed at early stage researchers and academics (e.g. MSc, PhD, postdoc, early stage lecturers etc) working in any area of or relevant to health research.

Register here. Contact Elaine Toomey to learn more.