Meet our third cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

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We are excited to kick-off the third round of Open Life Science with another incredible cohort of mentors, mentees, and experts. We are honored to bring together members of diverse identities and backgrounds who represent expertise from different domains of research, who are working to address a wide range of relevant 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 science and community-based principles in their projects through this program.

We are thrilled to announce that 66 members, who are the project leads of 37 diverse projects, have joined the third cohort of the Open Life Science mentoring program - OLS-3!

Meet our mentees!

The mentees joining this program are Abdulelah Al Mesfer, Afzal Ansari, Aida Mehonic, Alexander Martinez Mendez, Ali Humayun, Alireza Khanteymoori, Annalee Sekulic, Anshika Sah, António Sousa, Arvinpreet Kaur, Ashutosh Tiwari, Batool Almarzouq, Carla Lancelotti, Carly Monks, Chiara Damiani, Dario Pescini, Didik Utomo, Emma Lawrence, Fabienne Lucas, Florian Heyl, Grégory Hammad, Haridimos Kondylakis, Harpreet Singh, Hilyatuz Zahroh, Ibrahim Said Ahmad, Irene Ramos, Iris San Pedro, Javier Ruiz Pérez, Jennifer Miller, Jessica Sims, John Ogunsola, Juan José García-Granero, Katharina Kloppenborg, Lomax Boyd, Manuel Spitschan, Marco Madella, Marta Marin, Martina Vilas, Marzia Di Filippo, Masako Kaufmann, Mehak Chopra, Michal Javornik, Michal Růžička, Mishka Nemes, Mohan Gupta, Muhammet Celik, Nihan Sultan Milat, Olayile Ejekwu, Paolo Pedaletti, Prakriti Karki, Prash Suravajhala, Reina Camacho Toro, Robandeep Kaur, Robin Lewando, Ruqayya Nasir Iro, Santi Rello Varona, Sarah Gibson, Shamsuddeen Muhammad, Simon Duerr, Stelios Sfakianakis, Steven Burgess, Teresa Müller, Ujwal Shrestha, William Jackson, Zdenka Dudova, Zenita Milla Luthfiya. These individuals are based in 22 countries (Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States) where they will be leading their respective projects.

Topics for their projects include AI, AI trends, ASG, Computational research methods, Corpus, DNA sequencing, Data Science, Galaxy, Language resources, Low-resources, Machine Learning, Metabolism, Open Data, Pca, Reproducible research practices, Research software, Systems Biology, community, data science, infrastructure, metagenomics, open infrastructure, open source code, quantitative Life Science, research application, stakeholder engagement, technology, training, AI-assisted peer-review, Australian archaeology, Best practices’ Toolkits, Bioactivity, Biobanking, Bioprocesses, Box plot, COVID19, Community, Community Enhancement, Croatia, DIY, Data science training, Diabetes, Diaspora, FAIR, Frequency plot, Gut microbiome, Health Research Institutes, IC50, Indigenous Knowledge, Jupyter notebooks, Kinetic modelling, Linkage disequilibrium, Lipinski’s rule, Makerspace, Mann-Whitney test, Microbial growth, Natural Language Processing, Network of Open Science Ambassadors, Obesity, Open Science implementation, Open Source, Open data, Open educational content, Open science, Open science training, Prostate Cancer, Reproducibility, Robotics, SARS coronavirus 3C-like proteinase, Saudi Arabia, Scatter plot, Synthetic Biology, actigraphy, actimetry, agrobiodiversity, algorithm maintainer, archaeology, bioinformatics, biospecimens, chronobiology, circadian rhythms, citizen science, citizens science, codeowner, community building, conferences, data schemas, data sharing, data visualization, database, document, documentation, education, empirical legal research, experimental methods, flow cytometry, generational memory, geography, geology, geomorphology, historical, interconnectedness, interdependence, internalize openess, landscape, mentorship, metabarcoding, metadata, microfossils, microscopy, molecular biology, oer, online, online research, open access, open data, open educational resource, open notebook science, open resource, open science, open science workflow, open-collaborative, open-source, optimization, pIC50, palaeobotany, palaeoecology, palaeoenvironment, palynology, parameter estimation, participant perspective, participatory design, peer-production, peer-review, pendown, phytolith research, pleiotropy, postdoc, poster session, preprints, public, public policy, publishing, python pipeline, record, reproducibility, reproducible, research, research quality defects, rest-activity cycles, rigor, samples, sktime, sleep research, strategy, synthetic biology, systematic review, tool, value of OLS, video, village, virtual, virtual environments.

Meet our mentors!

Our project leads (aka mentees) have been paired with 1 or 2 mentors based on their specific requirements of expertise and interests along with time zones and language preferences. Our mentors are Open Science champions with previous experiences in training, mentoring, computing, and community skills. They are currently working in different professions in data science, education, citizen science, publishing, community building, software development, clinical studies, industries, scientific training, policymaking, IT services, and so on.

Additionally, we have an incredible experts’ community who will be delivering specialised talks during the cohort calls and will be available for our project leads for expert consultations upon request.

We welcome our 34 mentors, Anelda van der Walt, Anna Krystalli, Beth Duckles, Bruno Soares, Bérénice Batut, Emily Lescak, Emma Karoune, Esther Plomp, Fotis Psomopoulos, Hans-Rudolf Hotz, Harpreet Singh, Iratxe Puebla, Jez Cope, Joyce Kao, Kate Simpson, Laura Ación, Laura Carter, Louise Bezuidenhout, Mallory Freeberg, Malvika Sharan, Meag Doherty, Melissa Burke, Michael Landi, Piraveen Gopalasingam, Prash Suravajhala, Renato Alves, Sam Haynes, Sarah Gibson, Sonika Tyagi, Stephen Klusza, Teresa Laguna, Toby Hodges, Yo Yehudi, Yvan Le Bras, based in 14 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, India, Kenya, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States). 6 of them were participants and 18 mentors in the previous cohort (OLS-2). They will be supported by 63 experts.

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 and beyond.

The Program

We begin our program this week with a mentoring training call and mentor-mentee introductions. Check out the complete schedule and plans for OLS-3 here:

You can keep track of our program, the progress of our second cohort and future announcements by following our twitter profile @openlifesci or subscribe to our announcements list.

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, mentees and experts to this program!

Project details (click here for full description)

Project Project leaders Mentors
Best practices for online collaboration/peer-production in citizen science Katharina Kloppenborg Fotis Psomopoulos
A virtual conference management system with seamless open science integration Simon Duerr Emily Lescak
Memory Collecting: Croatian Homeland War Annalee Sekulic Kate Simpson
Open Phototroph Steven Burgess Stephen Klusza
Opensource Transpiler of Synthetic Biology Lab Protocols for Wetlab Robotics William Jackson  
Field and laboratory based research project researching, surveying, and discovering the palaeoecology and palaeogeography of West Cork Robin Lewando Bruno Soares
Open data schema for actigraphy data in chronobiology and sleep research Manuel Spitschan, Grégory Hammad Mallory Freeberg
BioFerm: A web application used for kinetic modeling, parameter estimation and simulation of bioprocesses Olayile Ejekwu Renato Alves
Intellectual Property, Indigenous Knowledges, and the Rise of Open Data in Australian Environmental Archaeology Carly Monks Esther Plomp
MiSET Publication Standards: A tool for AI-assisted peer-review of experimental information Fabienne Lucas Sonika Tyagi
Global Distribution of APOL1 Genetic variants John Ogunsola Sam Haynes with Yo Yehudi
LA-CoNGA physics (Latin American alliance for Capacity buildiNG in Advanced physics) Reina Camacho Toro, Alexander Martinez Mendez Laura Ación
Junto Labs - Advancing Virtual Environments for Life Science Research and Active Learning Lomax Boyd Melissa Burke
metaNanoPype: a reproducible Nanopore python pipeline for metabarcoding António Sousa Hans-Rudolf Hotz
MBiO: Designing an open-collaborative website in the field of molecular biology Nihan Sultan Milat Michael Landi with Renato Alves with Toby Hodges
Open Life Science (OLS) Program, a driver of open science skills among early stage researchers and young leaders: mentee perspective Muhammet Celik Bérénice Batut with Yo Yehudi with Malvika Sharan
Documentation enhancement with open science practices in sktime Afzal Ansari, Abdulelah Al Mesfer Toby Hodges
An Open Source Service Area for Turing research projects Sarah Gibson Meag Doherty
Towards FAIRer phytolith data Javier Ruiz Pérez, Juan José García-Granero, Carla Lancelotti, Marco Madella Emma Karoune
Systems Genomic Integration of Diabetes Related Genes: A Quest for Development of Biomarkers Arvinpreet Kaur, Ashutosh Tiwari, Robandeep Kaur, Mehak Chopra, Harpreet Singh, Prash Suravajhala Prash Suravajhala with Harpreet Singh with Bérénice Batut
Boosting research visibility using Preprints Didik Utomo, Hilyatuz Zahroh, Zenita Milla Luthfiya Iratxe Puebla
Open Science Community in Saudi Arabia Batool Almarzouq Anelda van der Walt
Skills for Open Agrobiodiversity Data Irene Ramos Piraveen Gopalasingam
Postdoc Empirical Legal Research Open Notebook Jennifer Miller Beth Duckles
The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre Emma Lawrence, Jessica Sims Sarah Gibson
Development of language resources for Hausa Natural Language Processing Shamsuddeen Muhammad, Ibrahim Said Ahmad, Ruqayya Nasir Iro Laura Carter
ProCancer-I - An AI Platform integrating imaging data and models, supporting precision care through prostate cancer’s continuum Haridimos Kondylakis, Stelios Sfakianakis Harpreet Singh
Seeding Dario Pescini, Marzia Di Filippo, Chiara Damiani, Paolo Pedaletti Bérénice Batut
Creating a network of Open Science ambassadors in Spanish Health Research Institutes Marta Marin, Santi Rello Varona, Iris San Pedro Joyce Kao
FAIR MAFIL: FAIRification of imaging/neurophysiological data of MAFIL CEITEC MUNI laboratory for EOSC Michal Růžička, Michal Javornik, Zdenka Dudova Louise Bezuidenhout with Bérénice Batut
The Turing Way - Developing a community health report and assessing its impact on the wider data science community Ali Humayun Malvika Sharan
Developing and embedding open science practices within the Research Application Management team at Turing Aida Mehonic Malvika Sharan
GyaNamuna: Virtual School Connecting Rural Students To The World Prakriti Karki, Mohan Gupta, Ujwal Shrestha Teresa Laguna
Open Source Project for Evaluating Reproducibility Trends in AI Research Projects Martina Vilas Anna Krystalli
Towards an infrastructure for open-source (online) training in data science and AI Mishka Nemes Jez Cope
Implementing a series of pedagogical games to teach pupils and citizens (metagenomic) data analysis Teresa Müller, Alireza Khanteymoori, Masako Kaufmann, Florian Heyl Yvan Le Bras

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