Open Science and the Chemistry Lab
of the Future

Beilstein Symposium 2017

22 – 24 May 2017

Hotel Jagdschloss Niederwald, Rüdesheim, Germany

This symposium brought together research scientists, data scientists, publishers, funders and other interested parties to review critically current publication practices in chemistry and related sciences.

Scientific Program:

Ian Bruno / CCDC, Cambridge, UK

Leah McEwen / Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Martin G. Hicks and Carsten Kettner / Beilstein-Institut


Potential questions planned to be addressed

  • Which data do we want to save, how and why and how long?
  • What really needs to be reproducible?
  • Are current reporting standards being used sufficiently?
  • If not, why not?
  • Are the current procedures for depositing data too onerous for scientists?
  • Will technology, through increasing automation, fix most of the problems?
  • Is bureaucracy killing creativity in science?
  • Have we got a reproducibility crisis?
  • If we save and share data routinely, what is the future of the publication?
  • Are funding agencies causing science to be too short term in their quest for value for money?
  • Are chemists repeating too many experiments?
  • What can chemistry learn from other areas and what can they learn from chemistry?


Confirmed Speakers

Enda Bergin / Nature Research, London, UK

Richard Bourne / University of Leeds, UK

Duncan L. Browne / University of Cardiff, UK

Christoph Bruch / Helmholtz Association, Potsdam, Germany

Ian Bruno / Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK

Stuart Chalk / University of North Florida, Jacksonville, USA

Helena Cousijn / Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lee Cronin / University of Glasgow, UK

Johannes Fournier / German Research Foundation, Bonn, Germany

Jeremy Frey / University of Southampton, UK

Kai Karin Geschuhn / Max Planck Digital Libray, München, Germany


Rolf Grigat / Leverkusen, Germany

Nicole Jung / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Carsten Kettner / Beilstein-Institut, Frankfurt, Germany

Richard Kidd / Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK

Stefan Knapp / Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Wolfram Koch / Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Frankfurt, Germany

Angelina Kraft / Technische Informationsbibliothek, Hannover, Germany

Greg Landrum / KNIME AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Andrew Leach / European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK

Frédérique Lisacek / Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, Switzerland

Leah McEwen / Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Michael Penk / Beilstein-Institut, Frankfurt, Germany

Henry Rzepa / Imperial College London, UK

Frank Schuhmacher / Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

Vera Szöllösi-Brenig / Volkswagen-Stiftung, Hannover, Germany

Klaus Tochtermann / Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany

Matthew Todd / University of Sydney, Australia

Richard Whitby / University of Southampton, UK

Egon Willighagen / Maastricht University, The Netherlands

John Wise / Pistoia Alliance, UK

Roland Wohlgemuth / Sigma-Aldrich, Buchs, Switzerland

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