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9th-11th February 2021

We are delighted to announce the launch of our programme for Open Research Week 2021. A collaboration between University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University, 9 online events over 3 days covering different aspects of open research. Brought to you via Zoom, each session can be booked individually.

Prof Anthony Hollander (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact  UoL) will officially launch Open Research Week 2021 and welcome Dr Rufus Pollock whose keynote talk begins this year’s programme.

The Open Revolution: making a radically fairer and free future - Dr Rufus Pollock

Tuesday 9th February 10.30am - 11.30am

We are delighted to welcome Rufus Pollock to open our Open Research 2021 programme.

Rufus is a researcher, technologist, and entrepreneur and a pioneer in the global Open Data movement, advising national governments, international organisations and industry on how to succeed in the digital world.

Founder of The Open Knowledge Foundation, a leading NGO present in over 35 countries, his work helps to empower people and organizations with access to information so that they can create insight and drive change.

Rufus is also a Shuttleworth and Ashoka Fellow, a previous Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and author of ‘The Open Revolution: rewriting the rules of the information age’.

This keynote talk opens our series of events and will not only be of interest to researchers and professional staff, but also communities and organisations in the region.


Open Research and DORA – Professor Stephen Curry will talk about intersections between DORA, Open scholarship and equity

Tuesday 9th February 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Stephen Curry is Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Imperial College and Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). He has written extensively about science and the scientific life in The Guardian and his Reciprocal Space blog.

There will be time to discuss DORA, aided and facilitated by a panel of researchers. Further details to follow.


Tools and Technology for Open Research: Following the Open Research Life Cycle – Dr Jacob Macdonald (University of Liverpool)

Tuesday 9th February 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Jacob Macdonald is a Research Data Scientist with the Consumer Data Research Centre and Geographic Data Science Lab (University of Liverpool). He has a particular interest in making data and research accessible to all, championing open data and research transparency. As a Data Scientist with the CDRC he is involved in the creation of data products and analyses leveraging the spatial structure of geographic data

The first half of this session showcases the life cycle of an open data research project from data collection to communicating and visualizing the results. As open data and software become increasingly accessible to researchers, practitioners, planners and the general public, data- and research-driven studies can help provide insights to a wide-ranging audience. The second half of the session will be a demonstration and online tutorial will run through an application of open research for the study of employment centres across England. Source materials, code and data are available for those with an interest in following along simultaneously or after the session. For those who are interested in following along in the demonstration an online a Github link will be shared which includes the code, data and walkthrough tutorial.

It is not mandatory to attend both parts of this session, although the more the merrier.


Open Education – Introducing the National Teaching Repository - Dr Dawne Irving Bell and Liam Bullingham (Edge Hill)

Wednesday 10th February 10.30am - 11.30am

The National Teaching Repository is an open access online database where tried and tested strategies ‘that work’ can be housed and harvested. It serves as a space for educators to upload and share teaching resources, pedagogical research, approaches and ideas. Sharing these innovations and strategies will benefit others, and also contributors to gain recognition, be acknowledged for and demonstrate evidence of the impact of their work in practice.

Dr Dawn Irving Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning development within the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Edge Hill University. Dawne recently received a National Award sponsored by The James Dyson Foundation and The Royal Academy of Engineers in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Teacher Education. 

Liam Bullingham is the Research Support Librarian at Edge Hill University.


Open research and an early career researcher perspective - Dr Rebecca Payne (University of Newcastle)

Wednesday 10th February 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Rebecca Payne is currently the Chair of the Wellcome Trust Early Career Advisory Board and a researcher in the Primary Immunodeficiency Group, Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. Her talk will focus on data sharing.

This session is sponsored by the University of Liverpool’s Research Staff Association. The session will finish with a panel discussion with colleagues from the UOL RSA.


Research Café – open research practises

Wednesday 10th February 3.30pm - 5:00pm

Research cafes are an opportunity to PhD students and academic researchers to share their work in an informal environment.  This café will have a focus on Open Research, how researchers may use open data for research projects, create outputs that are openly accessible and/or work collaboratively with others and share what they do.

The speakers at this event will be;

Dr. Alan Greaves, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology ( UoL)

Dr. Linda Kaye, Reader in Psychology (Edge Hill)

Philippa McCabe, PhD researcher, Applied Mathematics (LJMU)

Mark Pieroni, PhD researcher, Applied Mathematics (LJMU)


Engaging Your Research with UK Parliament - Naomi Saint Knowledge Exchange Manager UK Parliament

Thursday 10th February 10.30am – 11.30am

A focused, practical session exploring how to engage with the UK Parliament as a researcher, particularly how to contribute your research to Parliament.

This session gives an overview of the UK Parliament and then covers ways to work with the institution including details on Select Committees, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries, and POST. It also explores working with individual Parliamentarians.

It is delivered by the UK Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit. The session is centred on practical information and advice, with opportunities for Q&A.


Open Research, accessing ONS data for research and realising the potential - Nick O’Donnell (The Office of National Statistics)

Thursday 11th February 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Nick O’Donnell is Head of secure research service policy at the Office of National statistics. He will be giving a talk on how to access ONS data and how the ONS can help researchers realise its potential in their research.  The second half of this session will be an opportunity for researchers to share their experiences of using ONS data.

 A virtual brown bag meeting, nothing to stop you grabbing a bite and sitting down to attend at the same time.


Open Research outside academia – Responsible and Intelligent data practice - Sam Milsom and Julian Tate Open Data Institute Manchester

Thursday 11th February 2.30 pm - 3.30pm

Julian Tate, chief executive of Open Data Manchester and Sam Milsom Open Data Manchester programme and events manager will be discussing their recent project to develop a ‘Declaration of responsible and intelligent data practice’. The latter half of the session will be an open discussion on the implementation of the declaration.

This final session of the week will be of interest to researchers who are engaging with communities and organisations outside academia and for organisations and communities who wish to work with researchers.


Open Research Week is supported by the Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) awarded by The Wellcome Trust to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool.


For further details, including which sessions we plan to record can be found on the booking page for each event.

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