The Open Initiative Trophies

The Open Initiative Trophies

The Open Initiatives Trophies give recognition to teams or individuals who have made efforts to promote Open Science with their peers and in their local communities in the Netherlands.

The Open Science Festival Programme Committee has ranked the 20 nominations that came in after a call was launched within the scope of the Netherlands National Open Science Festival.

The winner was announced by outgoing minister van Engelshoven at the Open Science Festival on the 11th of February 2021. The winner received a trophy and 500 euros; the two runners up received a trophy and 250 euros. The prizes were handed out by Karel Luyben, the National Coordinator Open Science.

Winners: Daniela Gawehns on behalf of Reprohack NL, Egon Willighagen and Stephan Heunis (who attended the ceremony from home)

The winner is of the 2021 Open Initiatives Trophy is:

ReproHack NL

ReproHack is a very high impact initiative and a real team effort. With the popular ReproHackathons they are increasing their awareness of software reproducibility in a very inviting way, ensuring that people can be comfortable sharing their code with others in a worthwhile manner. The fact that the team consist of Phd and Master students, makes this initiative even more special.

ReproHacks are one day, hands-on reproducibility hackathons. During a ReproHack, participants attempt to reproduce published research, using publicly available code and data associated with a particular paper. At the end of the day you give feedback to the authors and suggestions of how to make their research more reproducible.

From the jury report: ‘Reproducing published work must gain spotlight! Such hands-on workshops are a great step in this direction: they promote reproducible research and allow researchers to learn how to properly make their research reproducible.’

The ReproHack NL team:

Reprohack CoreTeam: Daniela Gawehns (PhD Student, LIACS, Leiden), Linda Nab (PhD Student, LUMC), Paloma Rojas Saurero (PhD Student, Erasmus MC) Anna Krystalli (Research Software engineer, University of Sheffield, UK), Florencia d’Andrea (Postdoc at National Institute for Agricultural Technology, Argentinia). Leiden Collaborators for ReprohackNL: Kristina Hettne (Librarian at Center for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University), Ricarda Proppert (Master Student Clinical Psychology, Leiden University)

The two runners up are:

Egon Willighagen, Assistant professor at Maastricht University

With boundless energy, Egon has been committed to open science for many years. He is critical, first to himself when it comes to practicing open science, but especially also to all the developments around open science, as we see in university policies, at publishers and scholarly communication at large. Alongside his work as a scientist he is also engaging with other open (community) projects like Wikimedia and Wikipathways. As a longstanding advocate for open science he is an example to others that want to learn about open science. He is never too tired (see his twitter feed) to explain others why we should do open science.

From the jury-report: “Egon is someone with high standards who really tries to hold himself accountable to these as well. He is not afraid to point his finger at the elephant in the room. We need people like Egon as a long time driving force for cultural change.”

Stephan Heunis, Doctoral candidate, Eindhoven university

Stephans dedication and actions to promote Open Science are exceptional. Despite the burden of finishing a PhD, looking for jobs and home schooling, Stephan almost single-handedly managed to keep the Open Science Community Eindhoven up and running. He contributes a lot to awareness raising for sharing data and code within his own discipline, for instance with publications on data sharing. Next to that, he contributes to (inter)national events and organized an online symposium on Open Science and the importance of inclusivity in Open Science. He communicates in a clear and accessible way, making it easy to follow for people who have not yet mastered all data and open science jargon.

From the jury report: ‘Stephan’s work is a great contribution to his own field, but he is also very helpful to researchers from other disciplines. (..) Local Open Science Communities are vital to the success of Open Science, especially at a university that does not have the Open Science support in place that some other universities have. It is time that all his extra work pays off. So let’s start by awarding Stephan this Open Science Trophy!’

A special mention was given to Mark Schelbergen;
Mark Schelbergen is a PhD student in aerospace and engineering, who is very much en-gaged in the open science aspects of his project in wind energy and beyond. He has systematically published in open access and has compiled an impressive portfolio of publicly available software and data, encouraging also others to contribute. As a result of these open activities, Mark is at the center of several international research collaborations. With his inviting attitude, he is setting a great example of how open science can be practically implemented.

From the jury report: ‘Mark is strong in raising awareness with his peers. As a PhD student, he is even active in creating open pre-university courses. This asks for special encouragement!’