CERN and NASA bring together 100 scientists to tackle open science

The event saw over 70 different institutes represented from five different continents.
Loukia Papadopoulos
An image of the scientists at the event.jpg
An image of the scientists at the event.


CERN, Europe’s leading particle physics laboratory, and NASA, the USA’s largest scientific agency, organized an event that bought together over 100 experts from around the world to discuss and learn how scientific bodies can promote the adoption of open science. The event saw over 70 different institutes represented from five different continents.

This is according to a press release by CERN published on Friday.

Open science

Open science refers to the process by which institutes make their research freely available to other scientists and collaborators and, to some extent, the public. In order to qualify as open science, the research should all be made available according to FAIR – findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable – practices.

“In late 2022, a small group got together and started thinking: CERN and NASA both have open science policies. What can we do to push open science forward and make a difference?” explained Chelle Gentemann, leader of NASA’s Transform to Open Science mission and conference co-chair. 

NASA and CERN both boast already-developed open science policies, however, many attendees of the conference came from institutes that are just beginning to implement these processes.

“We’re having conversations that many people here have not necessarily had before, and addressing issues that may not yet have been addressed,” said Kamran Naim, head of open science at CERN and conference co-chair. “As an organization, we believe we have an obligation to share what we have learned and our technologies like Zenodo across the scientific community, not because it’s the politically right thing to do for CERN, but because it’s the right thing to do for science.”

Openness and collaboration

CERN has most notably seen values of openness and collaboration enshrined in the CERN Convention since its creation in 1953 that have led the organization down a path that saw the inclusion of open science. 

“CERN is an example of the power of collaboration,” said Charlotte Warakaulle, CERN director for international relations. “We need to work together to promote open science. We hope this summit will serve to foster new links and new collaborations in support of open science.”

All organizers of the conference hope the event will serve to usher in an era where open, FAIR, efficient and collaborative science can be practiced in the same way across borders and disciplines. 

“We hope that this conference offers the opportunity to engage and develop links in open science across diverse groups,”said Kevin Murphy, chief science data officer at NASA. “We need everyone to be able to transform to an open, equitable and transformative scientific future.”

The event took place from July 10 to 14.

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