The current rise in COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands has led to the decision that the rescheduled National Open Science Festival will take place in an online setting. The programme will include a  hybrid panel format,  lots of online breakout sessions, an online marketplace and virtual social drinks.



Registration will open on November 1st.


Additionally, the following sessions will be organised  in our online session series in the months leading up to the Festival:


Co-creation of G2OS: Your Gateway to Open Science Training

October 29th, 15:00 – 16:30 + 16:30 – 17:15 #OSmeetupNL drinks

Presented by Loek Brinkman (UMCU Utrecht) & Sander Bosch (VU Amsterdam).

G2OS is a collaborative effort of multiple universities joining forces (VU, UU and TUDelft). In 2021, G2OS will be launched: a series of free online skills and knowledge sessions to help researchers get started with Open Science. The G2OS team is looking for contributors and input to further shape G2OS. In the interactive session on October 29th, the G2OS training will be introduced and participants can take part in shaping the program.

Registration is open here


The importance of data pre-processing

26 nov, 15:00 – 16:15 + 16:15 – 17:00  #OSmeetupNL drinks

Presented by Maximilian Primbs (Radboud University) & Leonhard Volz (University of Amsterdam).

This session will explore how data pre-processing influences the outcome of a statistical test. After a short introduction, the focus will lie on hands-on exploration of data via a custom-made easy to use Shiny App. Participants get a sense of the impact these pre-processing choices have on the effect of analyses and may even win a small prize for an outstanding analysis. The experience will be contextualised via the results of a related study and the implications for reporting methods and results will be discussed.

Registration is open here


Open Science Barcamp

January 14th 2021 10:00 -16:00 + 16:00 – 17:00  #OSmeetupNL drinks

Organised in cooperation with the Dutch Open Science Communities.

It will be the first Open Science Barcamp in the Netherlands. This event is based on the successful format of Open Science Barcamp Berlin.

What is a Barcamp?

A Barcamp is a one day event with no predetermined program – the topics of all sessions are determined on the spot. Our online venue (Gather.Town) consists of an interactive 2D environment with virtual avatars, one big plenary room, several smaller break-out rooms, and space to hang out and socially interact with others. During the plenary sessions, anyone can grab the mic and propose a topic for a break-out session. Next, you can join any of those break-out sessions and get to work!

Meet | Share | Inspire | Care

The National Open Science Festival provides researchers the opportunity to learn about the benefits of various Open Science practices. It is a place to meet peers that are already working openly or that are interested to start doing so.  Key to this day is sharing knowledge and best practices. 

However, you don’t need to have extensive knowledge of Open Science to attend; there will also be sessions for those who simply want to know more about the different aspects of Open Science, its drivers and its barriers.

Open Science

Open Science stands for the transition to a new, more open and participatory way of conducting, publishing and evaluating scholarly research. Central to this concept is the goal of increasing cooperation and transparency in all research stages.

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For Whom?

The Open Science Festival especially invites active researchers to attend. 

This festival is organized in the context of the National Programme Open Science. Originally, the Festival was supposed to be hosted by Wageningen University and Research on August 27th, 2020. The Organisational Committee is led by the NPOS project ACCELERATE OPEN SCIENCE Fostering initiatives that promote Open Science in the Netherlands.


The following organisations have made this festival possible:

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