I’m the Program Director of the newly established Open Innovation in Life Sciences initiative (OILS) supported by Life Science Zurich. This initiative serves the life science research community at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich /UZH) by helping early career researchers understand what open science is to them and how they can use open science tools in their everyday research. I’m also a research scientist by training and a postdoc at ETH Zurich – but this is a role I’m transitioning out of in the middle of this global pandemic (great timing on my part, I know).
Open science is the movement to make scientific research and its products accessible to every-one in society – and by everyone it includes anyone from professional scientists to your grand-parents (who could also be professional scientists, but for the purposes of illustrating a point, let’s say they’re not).
In a sense, this pandemic is the best thing to happen for the open science movement as we’re no longer in a situation hypothesizing how open science could work, but (as a global scientific community) we’re now demonstrating that it can and does work. Journals are making articles on COVID19 publicly available and a number of grassroots endeavours are banding together research efforts for treatments, vaccines, and beyond. If anything, this is perhaps a perfect time for a young open science organization such as OILS to get its wings.