Online Symposium

Enabling Open Science

Beilstein Open Science Symposium 2020

27 & 28 October, 2020
3 - 6 pm (CET)

Due to health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, we have had to decide to cancel the Beilstein Open Science Symposium due to take place September 15-17, 2020 in Rüdesheim.

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:

Martin G. Hicks and Carsten Kettner / Beilstein-Institut


Topics of the 2020 Symposium

This symposium brought together information and data scientists, laboratory research scientists, publishers, funders and other interested parties to review critically their needs and concerns and discuss how they see the future of of Open Science developing.

Open Science is aimed at improving the efficiency, quality and speed of scientific research through open and collaborative ways of sharing and communicating knowledge and data. Whether we are addressing specific global challenges such as medicines, sustainable energy generation and storage, food, better and cleaner water supplies, or more general ones such as global warming, we need to develop solutions at a faster pace than has been done up to now. To enable this, we need to build bridges and take down barriers.

Driving research collaborations effectively requires new and powerful infrastructures to not only be developed, but also to be accepted by the wider research community. This includes the development of standards for data reporting, meta-data and exchange formats that allow easy indexing and findability, as well as the use and exchange of data and information (FAIR Data) particularly within an interdisciplinary environment. Technical innovations are, however, only part of the story; just as important are the changes in culture and incentives that will make depositing and sharing data the norm.

Scientific Program

Tuesday, 27 Oct.


3.00 pm
Opening and Introductory Remarks
Martin G. Hicks

Session chair: Martin G. Hicks

3.15 pm
Realigning Incentives to Support Open Science: The U.S. Roundtable Approach
Heather Joseph, SPARC, Washington, DC, USA

3.45 pm
Integrating Open Science in Scientific Publishing
Thomas Lemberger, EMBO Press, Heidelberg, Germany

4.15 pm
Poster Flash Presentations

4.45 pm
Coffee break and poster session on Stackfield

5.15 pm
FAIR and Responsible Data Sharing with Dataverse
Mercé Crosas, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

5.45 pm
Renku - a Platform for Enabling Open, Reproducible and Reusable Research
Rok Roškar, Swiss Data Science Center, Zurich, Switzerland

6.15 pm
Closing discussion

Wednesday, 28 Oct.


Session chair: Carsten Kettner

3.00 pm
Watch out for the Influcencers! When Scientific Reasoning is Driven by a few Data Points
Andrej-Nikolai Spiess, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

3.30 pm
How Reliable are Preclinical Research Publications?
Emily Sena, University of Edinburgh, UK

4.00 pm
ProteomeXchange and OmicsDI - From Standardising File Formats to Credit Attribution for Data Providers
Henning Hermjakob, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK

4.30 pm
Coffee break and poster session on Stackfield

5.00 pm
EnzymeML - an SBML-based exchange Format for Biocatalytic Data
Jürgen Pleiss, University of Stuttgart, Germany

5.30 pm
Advancing the Interoperability of the SMILES Chemical Representation Format: IUPAC SMILES+ Specification Project
Vin Scalfani, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

6.00 pm
Closing discussion

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