Information Science Public Lecture on Open Science

As increasing attention is being paid to implementing Open Science globally, the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program is pleased to co-sponsor the upcoming Information Science Public Lecture on this subject.

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Co-sponsored by the Dalhousie University Office of the Vice President-Research and Innovation, the Dalhousie University Libraries, the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Computer Science, Management, Medicine, and Science, and the Environmental Information: Use and Influence Research Group, this lecture is relevant to researchers, students, and professionals in all disciplines.

              Title: Open science – a shifting paradigm, a new reality

              Speaker: Maria Pawlowska, PhD

              Location: Room 1009, Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

              Date / Time: Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Lecture Abstract

Whether it’s open access, open data, or community engagement, open science, and open scholarship are quickly moving from the fringe to the centre of the academic stage. Open access publishing charges and challenges with pre-prints are often the focal points of debate, but there is much more to this movement, and solutions focusing on equitable, accessible scholarship are being developed globally at a rapid pace. Currently, Research Nova Scotia is exploring open science best practices and opportunities that meet the needs of Nova Scotia’s research community. This project, the first of its kind in Canada, is part of a broader move towards more open and accessible research. This lecture will introduce the audience to both the broader concepts encompassing open science (which includes the arts, humanities, and social sciences) and how they can contribute to the development of the Research Nova Scotia open science policy.


Guest Speaker Biography

Dr. Maria Pawlowska is an expert in research management with a focus on scientific data management and open science. Following her PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge she transitioned to a career in research administration and policy and has over a decade of experience in managing international, interdisciplinary research projects and implementing and designing open science policies. Maria has collaborated with the European governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as Fortune 200 companies. She has helped establish over a dozen new centers of excellence (working with institutions such as Oxford University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research – CNRS) and was also a member of the Science Europe working group that authored the “Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management.” In the past year, Maria has shared her expertise on open science at meetings organized by the United Nations and the European Commission, among others.


As a guiding principle, Maria works to ensure that modern research management, including supporting openness, diversity, and inclusion, becomes part of the blueprint for how science is done. Her work has been recognized by numerous organizations – Maria is a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar, a member of the American Academy of Achievement, and has received awards from the Coimbra Group, the Cambridge Philosophical Society, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, among others. Currently, Maria is involved in the implementation of open science practices in Nova Scotia.



Tags: Information Use & Influence; News: Public Policy & Decision-Making; Scientific Communication


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