Transition to open: a shift in research culture and practice

April 05, 2024

Speaker

Dr. Maria Pawlowska

In 2024, KT Connects is focusing on open science — the practice of making scientific inputs, outputs, and processes freely available to all with minimal restrictions. Learn more!

Webinar summary

Friday, April 5

12 – 1 p.m. PST

As information technology enables more people to rapidly share large amounts of data and knowledge, open science — making scientific processes and practices, including research methods and outputs, more accessible and transparent — is moving from the fringe to centre stage. However, there is much more to open science than who pays for scientific publications, the reliable reuse of data, or publishing results before peer review. As seen through multiple national and international open science efforts, truly open research includes emphasis on knowledge translation and mobilization activities, as well as equitable and meaningful engagement with diverse communities impacted by research findings.

In this webinar — the first in Health Research BC’s series focused on open science — Dr. Maria Pawlowska will give an overview of open science by illustrating the variety of efforts underway in Canada, the United States, and Europe, explaining why open science is relevant to everyone, and highlighting the opportunities, benefits and challenges that lay ahead.

 

Learning objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Explain what open science entails.
  2. Describe the Canadian and international context for open science implementation.
  3. Illustrate how to implement an open science framework in a biomedical research context.

 

Speaker bio

Dr Maria Pawlowska is an expert in research management with a focus on scientific data management and open science. Following her PhD in earth sciences from the University of Cambridge, she transitioned to a career in research administration and policy. Maria has collaborated with European governments and non-governmental organizations as well as Fortune200 companies. She has helped establish over a dozen new centers of excellence, working with institutions such as Oxford University and National Centre for Scientific Research. Additionally, she has contributed to the design and implementation of international open science policies. Currently, Maria is involved in implementing open science practices in Nova Scotia.

Upcoming webinar

Alex Haagaard and Dr. Clare Ardern

Date

April 26, 2024

Breaking barriers: open science tackles wicked problems and reduces research waste

In 2024, KT Connects is focusing on open science — the practice of making scientific inputs, outputs, and processes freely available to all with minimal restrictions. Learn more

Webinar summary

Friday, April 26  

12 – 1 p.m. PST 

“Wicked problems” are challenges that are difficult to solve and identify because of their incomplete, contradictory, and evolving requirements. To tackle wicked problems, collaboration is essential. Open science (sometimes called ‘open scholarship’ or ‘open research’) aims to solve wicked problems by promoting collaboration, transparency, and knowledge and resource sharing. By including people with lived experiences on research teams, open science helps to make research relevant to knowledge users and reduces research waste. In this session, we will explore how open science principles help researchers authentically engage knowledge users in high-quality research to solve wicked problems in health research.

Learning objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Identify knowledge users for specific research projects
  2. Describe three ways open science practices reduce research waste
  3. List at least two barriers encountered by patient authors that open science practices can help to overcome.

Speaker bio

Alex Haagaard is a design strategist specialising in digital accessibility, community engagement, disability justice and health equity. Alex has lived with chronic pain since early childhood. This experience informs their interest in designing and advocating for system-level changes to how healthcare services are conceptualized, planned and delivered. Alex is a member of Pain BC’s Putting the Pieces Together conference steering committee, and co-chair of the Chronic Pain Network’s Knowledge Mobilization and Implementation Science Committee. 

Dr. Clare Ardern is a physiotherapist and assistant professor in the department of physical therapy at UBC. Her research team brings researchers, patients, clinicians and health policymakers together to design digital health interventions for musculoskeletal problems. Dr Ardern is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) and JOSPT Open. She hosts the popular weekly JOSPT Insights podcast, which reaches over 16,000 regular listeners.