Meet our first cohort of project leads and their mentors

- bebatut, malvikasharan, yochannah

We are excited to welcome this fantastic set of mentees who are not only located in different parts of the world, but also represent different identities and backgrounds, aim to address a wide range of questions in their field, and are motivated to bring a culture change in their areas. Many of them are long-standing Open Scientists who aim to use this opportunity to apply “Open by Design” principle in their projects through this program.

We are thrilled to announce that 29 members, who are the project leads of 20 diverse projects, have joined the first cohort of the Open Life Science mentoring program - OLS-1!

Meet our mentees!

The mentees joining this program are Anunya Opasawatchai, Billy (William) Broderick, Bruno Eleres Soares, Cassandra Gould van Praag, Chiara Bertipaglia, Christine Rogers, Danny Colin, David Chentanaman, David Kiragu Mwaura, David LeBauer, Deborah Akuoko, Elisenda Bonet-Carne, Elsa Loissel, Emily Cain, Festus Nyasimi, Himanshu Singh, Jorge Barrios, Kristina Riemer, Lena Karvovskaya, Lilian Juma, Margaret Wanjiku, Matúš Kalaš, Michael Kofia Landi, Naraiana Loureiro Benone, Renato Alves, Samuel Guay, Sandy Kawano, Sudarshan GC, Zoe Chervontseva. These individuals are based in different African, Asian, European, Latin American, North American, and Russian countries where they will be leading their respective projects.

Their projects range from the ideas of creating new local communities, promoting best practices in open science in their existing communities, developing open software, enhancing and promoting science communication, learning community skills, improving documentation for sustainability, building open education resources, or providing support to open practitioners in their network. One member, Renato Alves, is a mentee of a project but is also mentoring one of the other projects. The project of Lena Karvovskaya was transferred from the applicant-pool ofeLife Innovation Program as it fits better with the goal and scope of the OLS program.

Meet our mentors!

Our mentees will be supported in this program by our mentors’ community who have been paired based on the compatibility of expertise and interests of mentors with the requests and requirements of our mentees. Our mentors are Open Science champions with previous experiences in training and mentoring. They are currently working in different professions in data science, publishing, community building, software development, clinical studies, industries, scientific training and IT services.

We welcome our mentors, Aidan Budd, Andrew Stewart, Björn Grüning, Caleb Kibet, Daniela Saderi, Fotis Psomopoulos, Hao Ye, Harry Smith, Holger Dinkel, Katrin Leinweber, Luis Pedro Coelho, Malvika Sharan, Mateusz Kuzak, Naomi Penfold, Patricia Herterich , Renato Alves, Rodrigo Oliveira Campos, Toby Hodges, Vicky Nembaware, Yo Yehudi. We are extremely grateful to them for their support and contributions to OLS and their impactful work in other open communities. They are committed to supporting their mentees in this program to help create a more open and fair-research, knowledge-sharing and inclusive culture within life science.

The Program

We will begin our program this week with a mentoring training call, and mentor-mentee introductions. Check out the complete schedule and plans for OLS-1 here: https://openlifesci.org//ols-1.

You can keep track of our program, the progress of our first cohort and future announcements by following our twitter profile @openlifesci or joining our community Gitter channel.

We invite new contributions to the program as a new issue on the GitHub repo or by email to the team.

Once again, let’s welcome our mentors and mentees to this program!

Project details (click here for full description)

Project Project leaders Mentor (with secondary mentors if any)
Open Science Community Barcelona (OSCBa) Elisenda Bonet-Carne Harry Smith
Investigate feasible solutions to help create a system that creates, collects and processes data efficiently for impactful research especially for driving health research and driving health related policies Deborah Akuoko Vicky Nembaware
Infusing a culture of open science within the community of researchers at the Zuckerman Institute Chiara Bertipaglia Mateusz Kuzak
Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya (BHK) Festus Nyasimi, Margaret Wanjiku, David Kiragu Mwaura, Michael Kofia Landi Toby Hodges
Expanding plenoptic Python Package Billy (William) Broderick Rodrigo Oliveira Campos
@Diversidade em Foco Bruno Eleres Soares, Naraiana Loureiro Benone Renato Alves
Media Lab Nepal for Computational Biology Sudarshan GC Aidan Budd
InterMine Similarity Explorer Himanshu Singh Yo Yehudi
Open Connect Platform in Africa Lilian Juma Caleb Kibet
EMBL Bio-IT Community Project Renato Alves Malvika Sharan
Oxford Neuroscience Open Science Co-ordinator: Changing Culture Cassandra Gould van Praag Naomi Penfold
AMRITA: an online database for herbal medicine Anunya Opasawatchai, David Chentanaman Holger Dinkel
How to build an healthy and open lab Elsa Loissel Daniela Saderi with Patricia Herterich
Benchmarking environment for bioinformatics tools Zoe Chervontseva Luis Pedro Coelho
EDAM ontology Matúš Kalaš Björn Grüning
Improving Documentation for Open Data and Software in the Agricultural Research Community Kristina Riemer, David LeBauer, Emily Cain, Jorge Barrios Katrin Leinweber
Improving open platform accessibility Christine Rogers Hao Ye
Enabling open science practices in biology education Sandy Kawano Fotis Psomopoulos
Open Science UMontreal (OSUM) Samuel Guay, Danny Colin Andrew Stewart
Creating network of Data Champions at the library of Free University of Amsterdam Lena Karvovskaya Patricia Herterich

We wish our cohort members all the best as they begin this journey with us.