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Open Science Festival 2023

Are you open to Open Science? Do you want to inform yourself and join the discussion about what Open Science has to offer and where the limits lie?

You are invited:

On July 4th and 5th, 2023, the 2. German Open Science Festival will take place in Cologne.

"Meet, Share, Inspire, Care!" - under the motto we picked up from the last Open Science Festivals in Hannover and Amsterdam, there will be a colourful mix of current topics and formats around Open Science:

  • Keynotes and panel discussions on open science practices with national and international experts.
  • Workshops that convey content from the field.
  • An open marketplace with information on local and international initiatives and services.
  • For students, (young) scientists, research professionals (e.g. librarians, data stewards, information scientists, publishers), policy maker, and science journalists
  • Organised by ZB MED - Information Centre Life Sciences, University and City Library of Cologne (USB), University of Cologne, Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IMI) and CECAD.

The festival takes place all day on July 4th and 5th, 2023 in the ZB MED and CECAD. For registration click here.  

In the evening of July 3rd, 2023 we will also be celebrating 50 years of ZB MED - the future of science is Open Science!

Follow us on Twitter, Mastodon and Instagram for current information. 

You want to present your initative or project with focus on open science at the festival? Here you will find our Call for Marketplace.


Festival programme

Changes in the programme possible.

Programme July 04

from 08.30 Entry
9:30–10.00 Opening
10.00–11.00 Keynote 1
  • Dr. Benedikt Fecher (Subject and title will be announced soon.)
11.00–12.00 Panel 1
  • Open Science from global perspectives

    Nino Pavliashvili, Director of National Science Library of Georgia, Tbilisi/Georgia
    Héctor Tuy, Academic researcher and Technical Coordinator on climate change adaptation and rural development at GIZ, Guatemala City/Guatemala, ORCID: 0000-0002-5963-6607
    Prince Edem Samoh, Researcher and Laboratory Technician at Ashesi University and Open Bioeconomy Lab, Berekuso/Ghana, ORCID: 0000-0003-1786-1416
    Dr. Jo Havemann, Trainer and consultant at Access 2 Perspectives and engaged in AfricArXiv, Berlin/Germany, ORCID: 0000-0002-6157-1494
    Moderation: Dr. Eva Seidlmayer, Research fellow at ZB MED, Cologne/Germany, ORCID: 0000-0001-7258-0532

    Realizing Open Science does not have the same conditions in all places. How do scientists and communities from different regions contribute to the global knowledge commons and how do they use it? What is the impact of different financial capabilities of scientific institutions, for example with regard to high Open Access article processing charges? And how can we learn from each other about potentials and solutions?
    With experts from three continents, the panel discussion will focus on perspectives on Open Science from different global angles. We would like to hear from the speakers for what they use open data and open publications and where they see challenges in their context. Also, we will discuss the problem of difficult visa approval for researchers to attend conferences as a obstacle of Open Science.
12.00-13.00 Ignite Talks: Open Science Success and Horror Stories
13.00-14.30 Lunch Break and Marketplace
Call for Marketplace
from 14.30 Workshops 1: 
The workshops are held in English or German.
  • Managing  the data landscape: A case for data stewardship (probably English)
  • Data Literacy – was Open Science von Bibliotheken lernen kann (German)
  • Python Introduction für Research Analysis - Library Carpentries style (English)
  • Open Science und wissenschaftliche Reputation (German)
  • Beginning at 16.15 Uhr: ORKG - A Lighthouse in the Publication Flood (English)
  • I am more than my h-index: Einführung in Responsible Metrics (German)
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Red - Teil 1 (German)
  • Forschen im und mit dem Wikiversum (German)
19.00 Dinner (self paying)


Programme July 5, 2023

from 08.30 Entry
from 9.30  Workshops 2: The workshops are held in English or German.
  • "Big Publisher Is Watching You?" - Science Tracking (German)
  • FDM: Warum ich einen Datenmanagementplan nicht nur für Förderer schreibe (German)
  • Data exchange with RO-Crates and Knowledge Graphs (English)
  • 20 Jahre GMS: Qualitätssicherung für Open Access (German)
  • System change in sight?! Exploring crediting of Open Science (English)
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women in Red - Teil 2 (German)
  • Open Enzym (English)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch Break an Market Place
Call for Marketplace
14:00 - 15:00 Keynote 2
  • Open Research in Practice: Iterating between Ideas, Communities and Societal Impact
    Daniel Mietchen 
15.00 - 16.00 Panel 2
  • Data rush in the wild: Real-life and Real-world data for research 

    Prof. Dr. Oya Beyan, Biomedical Informatics Institute, Medical Faculty, Cologne University and University Hospital Cologne; 
    Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dagmar Krefting, Department of Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Göttingen; 
    Prof. Dr. Ingvill Constanze Ødegaard, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences; 
    Florian Siemund, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Philosophy, University of Cologne; 
    Edit Herczog, Senior EU Liaison Adviser, GÉANT; 
    Julia Gehrmann, Biomedical Informatics Institute, Medical Faculty, Cologne University and University Hospital Cologne 

    Real-world data is the new oil. If we get it, our research and AI models will outperform the ones designed with less data. However, real-life and real-world data come with many hurdles such as heterogeneity, quality, scarcity, ethical data use, and more. In this panel researchers from different communities will discuss opportunities and challenges along the research data cycle including data collection, sharing, ethics, and interdisciplinary and international cooperation. In our panel, we will host established researchers who have experience in data sharing and reuse, as well as early-career researchers who struggle to use real-world data for their daily work. We will share our experiences and learn from each other.
16.00 - 16.15 Closing


Festival Commitee

The Open Science Festival is a joint event of: