Bérénice Batut (CC BY-SA 4.0)
This program can only run with the active involvements of our volunteer community who share a passion for Open Research and inclusiveness in Open Science:
Our mentees are life science researchers and bioinformaticians who are interested in contributing to Open Science projects and communities. In this program they will be supported by the organisers, mentors, experts, and other mentees in getting started with their journey as Open Life Scientists.
Our mentees will:
A mentee dedicates about 2 hours per week to the program to attend cohort/mentor meetings and doing self-guided assignments.
Recruitment of the mentees will start in November. Stay tuned!
Mentors work closely with participants to help further their Open Science skills and become ambassadors for Open Science practice, training and education in their communities. The mentors will be assigned to one or more projects (based on their availability) proposed in the program.
Our mentors are:
Mentors advise and inspire:
A mentor spend around 1 hour per week dedicated to the program, but also some time before the program to review applications.
They will meet their mentees every two weeks during the program and will attend group calls with other mentors to exchange notes and develop their mentoring skills further.
Our mentors will
Mentoring is usually an invitation-based role. Mentors join by graduating from a previous cohort, by becoming an expert for at least one round, or by invitation when a specific skills gap is needed. Please reach out to one of the organizers if you are interested.
Our program is only possible thanks to our awesome mentors:
Experts will be invited to join cohort calls or individual mentorship calls to share their experience and expertise during the program.
Our experts are:
Experts may be invited to:
We are currently recruiting the experts - this route is a good way to join the program if you are already an open research practitioner and don’t wish to participate as a cohort member.
Our experts are essential for the program:
Facilitators work closely with the OLS organisers to manage and run cohort calls. They lead efforts in preparing cohort call notes, co-hosting cohort calls and ensuring the sharing of call recordings and resources through OLS channels.
Our facilitators are:
Facilitators are invited to:
This is an invitation-based role. Facilitators are offered an honourarium in recognition of their valuable contributions to the programme.
Bérénice is a bioinformatician (post-doc in the Freiburg Galaxy Team), analyzing biological data and developing tools for data analysis, mainly via Galaxy. Bérénice is also passionate about training, regularly giving workshops (data analysis, tool development, etc). She started and still co-leads the Galaxy Training Material project. She is a co-deputy training coordinator for ELIXIR Germany (de.NBI, and a founder of Street Science Community, an outreach program.
Malvika Sharan is the community manager of _The Turing Way- at The Alan Turing Institute. Malvika works with its community of diverse members to develop resources and ways that can make data science accessible for a wider audience. Malvika has a PhD in Bioinformatics and she worked at European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany, that helped her solidify her values as an Open Researcher and community builder. She is a co-founder of the Open Life Science program, a fellow of Software Sustainability Institute, a board member of Open Bioinformatics Foundation, and a contributing member of The Carpentries community.’
Yo is Open Source Technology Lead at the Wellcome Trust’s Data for Science and Health team, a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, co-founder of Open Life Science and Code is Science, EngD student at the University of Manchester studying pathogen-related data sharing and sustainability of open source software. Previously, they were editor for the PLOS Open Source Toolkit, editor emeritus at the Journal of Open Source Software, board member of the Open Bioinformatics Foundation, and a software developer at the University of Cambridge, working on an open source biological data warehouse called InterMine.
We also participate in a wide range of activities in different international communities of practice in the life sciences:
We have high ethical standards, including:
Please note that it’s very important to us that we maintain a positive and supportive environment for everyone who wants to participate. When you join us we ask that you follow our code of conduct in all interactions both on and offline.