Meet our fifth cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo, Emmy

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We are excited to kick-off the fifth 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 71 members, who are the project leads of 34 diverse projects, have joined the fourth cohort of the Open Life Science mentoring program - OLS-5!

Meet our mentees!

The mentees joining this program are Abraham Dabengwa, Achintya Rao, Adarsh Kalikadien, Agossou Bidossessi Emmanuel, Akanksha Chaudhari, Alessandra Candian, Alvaro Andre Vargas Aguilar, Andrea Kocsis, Anne Lee Steele, Ayesha Dunk, Biandri Joubert, Birgül Çolak-Al, Bridget Nea, Callum Mole, Camila Gómez, Carla Lancelotti, Cavin Mgawe, Celine Kerfant, Danae Carelis Davila Espinoza, Darwin Diaz, Eirini Botsari, Elisee Jafsia, Emma Karoune, Emmanuel Adamolekun, Esra Büşra Işık, Evelyn Greeves, Faruk Üstünel, Federico Cestares, Frédérique Belliard, Gareth Jones, Gemma Turon, Isil Poyraz Bilgin, Ismael Kherroubi Garcia, Javier Ruiz-Pérez, Jhon Anderson Pérez Silva, Jose Luis Villca Villegas, Juan José García-Granero, Juyeon Kim, Jyoti Bhogal, Kim Martin, Laura Ación, Lisanne Walma, Luke Hare, Lydia France, Malvika Sharan, Maria Andrea Gonzales Castillo, Maria Gabriela Musaubach, Mariangela Panniello, Nadia Odaliz Chamana Chura, Nelson Franco Condori Salluco, Nihan Sultan Milat, Nodira Ibrogimova, Pedro Pinheiro-Chagas, Piero Beraun, Robert Schreiber, Rodrigo Gallegos, Sabrina López, Sagarika Valluri, Sairaj R Dillikar, Sandra Mirella Larriega Cruz, Sarah Nietopski, Sitsofe Morgah, Sladjana Lukic, Stephane Fadanka, Umar Ahmad, Valentina Borghesani, Verónica Xhardez, Vicky Hellon, Victoria Dumas, Zachary Dunseth, Zarena Syrgak. These individuals are based in 20 countries (Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan) where they will be leading their respective projects.

Topics for their projects include AI, Archaeology, Artificial Intelligence, Biohacking, Bioinformatics, Bladder Cancer, Buildings, Cancer, Carbon footprint, Collaboration, Community, Community Building, Computational Biology, Creating Pathway, DIY Bio, Data Science and AI education, Data Visualization, Diagnostics, Digital pathology, Digitalization, Education, Emotional/Physical/Nutritional diet for brain, Engagement, Environmental biotechnology, FAIR, Governance, Greenhouse gases, History of Science, Incentives to public and scientists, Next-generation sequencing, Non invasive diagnostics, Omics, Onboarding, Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Infrastructure, Open Science, Open Source, Open science, Palaeoecology., Philosophy of Science, Phytolith, Python programming, R programming, RNA-Seq, Reproducibility, Research, Research Ethics, Rstudio, Students, Sustainabilty, Training, Transcriptomics, Turing Way, academia-industry partnership, academic, accessibility, artificial intelligence, astrobiology, autism, bioinformatics, biosignatures, building trust, chemical space, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, collaboration, communication, community, community building, community engagement, community management, community white papers, data, data analysis, data science, data sharing, data visualization, data-driven chemistry, database, diversity, ecophysiology, editorial community, educational resources, epistemic/linguistic, equity, ethics, forestry, free resources, game theory, genomics, global connectivity, homogeneous catalysis, inclusion, intersectoral collaboration, justice, knowledge graph, law, legal research, life evolution, meta-analysis, metadata, metal complexes, missing health data, models, modifying Code of Conduct, molecular assays, molecular diagnostics, molecular kit development, multilingual open science, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, neuroscience, ontologies, open access, open and reprodicible data science, open education, open journals systems., open learning, open peer review, open publishing, open resource, open scholarship, open science, open source, open-source, peer-mentoring, qualitative research, quantitative research, repeatable science, reproducibility, research community, scholarly communication, software, student training, sustainability, training, training and education, transition, translation, treatment heterogeneity, web application, wood formation, xylogenesis.

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 35 mentors, Alejandro Coca Castro, Alexander Martinez Mendez, Andres Sebastian Ayala Ruano, Anne Fouilloux, Anne Treasure, Arielle Bennett, Batool Almarzouq, Beatriz Serrano-Solano, Burce Elbasan, Caleb Kibet, Deepak Unni, Diego Onna, Emma Karoune, Emmy Tsang, Esther Plomp, Fotis Psomopoulos, Georgia Aitkenhead, Gracielle Higino, Julien Colomb, Katharina Lauer, Lena Karvovskaya, Lisanna Paladin, Luis Pedro Coelho, Malvika Sharan, Mayya Sundukova, Meag Doherty, Michael Addy, Muhammet Celik, Patricia Herterich, Renato Alves, Sara El-Gebali, Sara Villa, Stephan Heunis, Stephen Klusza, Yo Yehudi, based in 18 countries (Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States). 8 of them were participants and 16 mentors in the previous cohort (OLS-4). They will be supported by 26 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-5 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
Multilingual Open Science: Creating Open Educational Resources in Central Asian Languages Zarena Syrgak Alejandro Coca Castro, Stephen Klusza
Training Latin American scientists’ community to create high-quality open journals with good editorial standards Camila Gómez, Danae Carelis Davila Espinoza, Alvaro Andre Vargas Aguilar, Nelson Franco Condori Salluco, Jose Luis Villca Villegas Alexander Martinez Mendez
Building a Cloud-SPAN community of practice Evelyn Greeves Anne Fouilloux
Developing a carbon footprint database for buildings in Ghana Sitsofe Morgah Anne Treasure
Publishing development plan for the Open access journals of TU Delft OPEN Publishing Frédérique Belliard Arielle Bennett, Julien Colomb
Why R, for those with legal backgrounds using examples from South Africa Biandri Joubert Batool Almarzouq
NGS-HuB: An open educational resource for NGS data analysis Nihan Sultan Milat, Faruk Üstünel, Esra Büşra Işık, Birgül Çolak-Al Beatriz Serrano-Solano, Fotis Psomopoulos
Community engagement: Building an open online learning community Sarah Nietopski Caleb Kibet
Finding paths through the FAIR forest; linking metadata from forestry models and datasets to assist analysis and hypothesis generation Kim Martin Deepak Unni
SciHack: Promoting the Open Source and DIY movements in Peru Maria Andrea Gonzales Castillo, Nadia Odaliz Chamana Chura, Piero Beraun, Darwin Diaz, Sandra Mirella Larriega Cruz, Jhon Anderson Pérez Silva, Rodrigo Gallegos Diego Onna
Data Science and AI Educators’ Programme AND Tools, Practices & Systems Peer Mentorship Programme Ayesha Dunk, Bridget Nea, Andrea Kocsis Emmy Tsang
Increasing the usability of ChemSpaX, a Python tool for chemical space exploration Adarsh Kalikadien Esther Plomp
The Ersilia Model Hub: encouraging deployment of computer-based research tools for non-expert usage Gemma Turon Fotis Psomopoulos
Easy Access Autism Resources for Rural Parents Robert Schreiber Georgia Aitkenhead, Stephan Heunis
Exploring “Governance Models” for Open Science community projects as per their maturity stage Malvika Sharan, Anne Lee Steele Gracielle Higino, Emma Karoune
International Committee on Open Phytolith Science: community building initiative and open science training for the Phytolith Community Carla Lancelotti, Javier Ruiz-Pérez, Maria Gabriela Musaubach, Abraham Dabengwa, Emma Karoune, Celine Kerfant, Zachary Dunseth, Juan José García-Granero Gracielle Higino, Malvika Sharan
Building an open community around the Turing-Roche Strategic Partnership Vicky Hellon Katharina Lauer
Art as a means to open science Eirini Botsari Lena Karvovskaya
An Incomplete History of Research Ethics Ismael Kherroubi Garcia Lisanna Paladin
Developing thermally stable loop mediated isothermal amplification kit for a non invasive detection of malaria Cavin Mgawe Luis Pedro Coelho
Building Pathways for Onboarding to Research Software Engineering (RSE) Asia Association and Adoption of Code of Conduct Jyoti Bhogal Malvika Sharan
Transcriptomics profiling of bladder cancer using publicly available datasets Umar Ahmad Malvika Sharan, Yo Yehudi
Bioinformatics Secondary school Outreach in Nigeria Emmanuel Adamolekun Meag Doherty
OpenGHG - a cloud platform for greenhouse gas data analysis and collaboration Gareth Jones Michael Addy
Visualisation of participants by their countries Akanksha Chaudhari Muhammet Celik, Burce Elbasan
Build a community around the TU Delft Open Science MOOC Alessandra Candian, Lisanne Walma Patricia Herterich
Hub23: An open source community and infrastructure for Turing’s BinderHub Callum Mole, Lydia France, Luke Hare Renato Alves
Development of an Open Source Platform for the Storage, Sharing, Synthesis and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Data Valentina Borghesani, Isil Poyraz Bilgin, Pedro Pinheiro-Chagas, Sladjana Lukic Sara El-Gebali
Open Science, Open Future Mariangela Panniello Sara Villa
Open Science for Improve diagnostics of Cancer through Artificial Intelligence and Digital Pathology Nodira Ibrogimova, Elisee Jafsia, Stephane Fadanka, Agossou Bidossessi Emmanuel Andres Sebastian Ayala Ruano
Cultivating a Community of Practice of AI researchers Achintya Rao Yo Yehudi
Argentinean Public Health Research on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence for Epidemic Prevention (ARPHAI) Verónica Xhardez, Sabrina López, Victoria Dumas, Federico Cestares, Laura Ación Mayya Sundukova
FarawayFermi - A platform for open source bioinformatic tools to detect biosignatures in astrobiology Sagarika Valluri, Sairaj R Dillikar  
Open collaborative network and incentive system for brain health Juyeon Kim  

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