Meet our fourth cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo, Emmy

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We are excited to kick-off the fourth 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 34 members, who are the project leads of 26 diverse projects, have joined the fourth cohort of the Open Life Science mentoring program - OLS-4!

Meet our mentees!

The mentees joining this program are Adel Sarvary, Alejandro Coca Castro, Ali Humayun, Andreea Avramescu, Andres Sebastian Ayala Ruano, Arent Kievits, Batool Almarzouq, Burce Elbasan, Caitlin Augustin, Callum Mole, Cecilia Herbert, Cylcia Bolibaugh, Diego Onna, Elisa Rodenburg, Emmanuel Adamolekun, Erika Salomon, Ewa Leś, Florence Okoye, Gill Francis, Guillermo Luciano Fiorini, Irena Maus, Leena AlMehlisy, Lisanna Paladin, Luke Hare, Lydia France, Mai Alajaji, Manuel Lera Ramirez, Michael Addy, Nadine Spychala, Sagarika Valluri, Sara Villa, Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal, Tobías Aprea, Wai-Yin Kwan. These individuals are based in 12 countries (Argentina, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) where they will be leading their respective projects.

Topics for their projects include DIY and makerspace, Ethical AI, FAIR principles, Python library, agriculture, artificial intelligence, astrobiology, biodiversity, carbon footprinting, case study, citizen science, community health metric, complexity measures, data science, data stewards, data visualisation, database, deep learning, electoron microscopy and imaging, energy, environmental data, gender equality, genetic engineering, green infrastructure, interview, metagenomics, outreach, peer consulting, policymaking, programming, reproducible research, research community, research software engineering, river and freshwater ecology, scientific events, secondary school outreach, sequencing, soil sample, survey data, synthetic data, technical development, therapeutics, training, training and education, version control, web application.

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 32 mentors, Alexander Martinez Mendez, Alexandra Holinski, Anne Fouilloux, Anthony Bretaudeau, Arielle Bennett, Beth Duckles, Bruno Soares, Bérénice Batut, Carly Monks, Dario Pescini, Dave Clements, Delphine Lariviere, Emily Lescak, Emma Karoune, Emmy Tsang, Esther Plomp, Fotis Psomopoulos, Gracielle Higino, Hans-Rudolf Hotz, Harpreet Singh, Iratxe Puebla, Jessica Scheick, Julien Colomb, Kate Simpson, Lena Karvovskaya, Lilly Winfree, Martin Jones, Meag Doherty, Renato Alves, Sam Haynes, Yo Yehudi, Yvan Le Bras, based in 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States). 4 of them were participants and 17 mentors in the previous cohort (OLS-3). They will be supported by 46 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-4:

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
An open educational resource to introduce fundamental concepts of GNU/Linux, terminal usage, Bash/AWK scripting, and Git/GitHub for Bioinformatics Andres Sebastian Ayala Ruano Alexander Martinez Mendez with Julien Colomb
Genestorian: An Open Source web application for model organism collections Manuel Lera Ramirez Sam Haynes
Multibeam electron microscopy for imaging large tissue volumes Arent Kievits Esther Plomp with Martin Jones
Open data for nanosystem synthesis experimental conditions Guillermo Luciano Fiorini, Diego Onna, Tobías Aprea Gracielle Higino
Grassroots: Nurturing the EMBL Bio-IT Community Lisanna Paladin Emmy Tsang with Dave Clements
Balconnect - A network of private outdoor areas improving urban ecoliteracy and biodiversity Adel Sarvary Emma Karoune
Generic data stewards in the Netherlands: who they are, what they do, and who they could become Elisa Rodenburg Carly Monks with Alexandra Holinski
Open and reproducible data analysis for wet lab neuroscientists Sara Villa Hans-Rudolf Hotz
Building the Research Software Engineering (RSE) Association in Asia region Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal Anne Fouilloux
Encouraging Responsible AI Through An Open Framework for Synthetic Data Generation and Assessment Erika Salomon, Caitlin Augustin Fotis Psomopoulos
Talleres Open Source community platform Cecilia Herbert Yo Yehudi
Creating an open database for carbon foot printing of buildings in Ghana Michael Addy Yvan Le Bras with Kate Simpson
Environmental mapping for urban farming project Florence Okoye Lilly Winfree
Culture-independent discovery of natural products from soil metagenomes Mai Alajaji, Batool Almarzouq, Leena AlMehlisy Bérénice Batut
Developing a library in Python for applying measures of emergence and complexity Nadine Spychala Dario Pescini with Anthony Bretaudeau
The Environmental AI Book Alejandro Coca Castro Delphine Lariviere
Bioinformatics Secondary school Outreach in Nigeria Emmanuel Adamolekun Meag Doherty
Citizen Scientists as Data Explorers Wai-Yin Kwan Bruno Soares
EROS Stories: Conversation and case studies in open research across educational disciplines Cylcia Bolibaugh, Gill Francis Lena Karvovskaya with Esther Plomp
FarawayFermi- A platform for open source bioinformatic tools to detect biosignatures in astrobiology Sagarika Valluri Harpreet Singh
A guide towards reproducible research for Decision Sciences researchers Andreea Avramescu Jessica Scheick
Building Open Science and Data Analysis Skills by Leading the OLS Survey Data Project Burce Elbasan Beth Duckles
Hub23: An open source community and infrastructure for Turing’s BinderHub Lydia France, Luke Hare, Callum Mole Renato Alves
Online event “Women in Data Science - Perspectives in Industry and Academia” Part II Irena Maus Iratxe Puebla
open and international River University Ewa Leś Emily Lescak
Learning about open science communities and help build “community health” report for The Turing Way Ali Humayun Arielle Bennett

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