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Open Research: Risks and Opportunities?

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Open Research: Risks and Opportunities?

Round table discussion

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

Wednesday 5 February 2020, 16:00 - 18:00

Open research is today promoted and implemented across diverse knowledge spheres as a transformative ideal, from academic publishing to research evaluation and engaged approaches in humanities scholarship. It should therefore not surprise us that understandings of what is at stake in the advancement of open research diverge widely, between the sciences and humanities, fundamental and applied research, and between different types of knowledge organisations (academic departments, research libraries, scientific journals). At the same time, "open research” may enable new, still under-explored, connections that cut across these boundaries, as it invites experimentation with data tools, archival materials, publishing formats and citizen engagement. What could be the role of scholars and scientists in exploring and nurturing the partly unknown futures of “open research”?


This round table invites an open-ended discussion about the varied opportunities and risks of “open science” with two influential scholars and advocates of open research, prof Sarah de Rijcke and prof Ludo Waltman of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (University of Leiden), both authors of The Leiden Manifesto. Profs De Rijcke and Waltman will enter into conversation with leading Warwick scientists and scholars from different faculties: prof Robin Ball (Physics), Robin Green and Yvonne Budden (Warwick Library), prof Sarah Richardson (History) and prof Pamela Thomas (Physics/PVC Research). Prof Noortje Marres (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) will act as moderator of the discussion.

The Round table will be recorded as an audio podcast.

If you would like to attend, please get in touch with Kanishka Mathiarasan, CIM Research Administrator, at

Image credit: Video still. The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics (2016),