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Open Science Stories

Open Science Stories

By Heidi Seibold
Open science concepts explained as stories in 10 minutes or less, hosted by Heidi Seibold.

We'd love to hear your story! If you think you might have a story to tell, write an e-mail to

This podcast is licensed under CC-BY 4.0

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End of Season 1 / New Host Wanted
It's the end of season 1. It was a lot of fun to set up this podcast, but it is also time for Heidi to move on and make space for a new host. Do you want to become the new host of the podcast? Write a message to or message Heidi on Twitter (@HeidiBaya).
July 08, 2021
S1E10 Antica Culina - Opening up to Open Science
This is a story of a personal Open Science Journey of Ecologist Antica Culina (@antica_c on Twitter). From not knowing anything about Open Science to becoming an active advocate of it, co-founding  SPI-Birds database ( and SORTEE ( and serving on the Advisory Boards of several Open Science related initiatives such as or . In this episode, Antica also discusses the difference between Open and FAIR data.
July 08, 2021
S1E9 Emilio Dorigatti - Sharing source code
This story comes from Emilio Dorigatti (@edorigatti) and shows how the code that was used for research can give so much more information on a research project than just the paper. Emilio shares his thoughts in a blog. Check it out!
June 24, 2021
S1E8 Lisa Barros de Andrade e Sousa - Expressing criticism in science
In today’s episode Lisa Barros de Andarde e Sousa discusses her difficulties in gaining new scientific insights by building on previous research results and how a change in the culture of criticism in science can help to accelerate scientific progress. Lisa obtained her PhD in Bioinformatics from the Free University of Berlin as part of the International Max-Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing. She is currently working as an Artificial Intelligence Consultant at Helmholtz AI, where she helps to democratize the access to AI for fellow researchers by making applied machine learning and deep learning accessible to all researchers within the Helmholtz Association. You can find her on Twitter (@lisacorinasousa) and LinkedIn ( or visit her website:
June 03, 2021
S1E7 Miguel Xochicale - A personal Open Science journey
In this episode, Miguel Xochicale, will take you into his journey of practicing Open Science: a journey that is still in progress. You will hear about how he got interested in GNU/Linux OS through the limitation of closed software, the little to none accessibility of open access knowledge from his non-private education, the publication of his open access and reproducible PhD thesis, to then finalise on his current endeavours on making a science that aligns to the principles of reproducibility, inclusiveness, transparency, reusability and open accessibility. You can reach Miguel on Twitter (@_mxochicale) and check out his work on his website:
May 12, 2021
S1E6 Russell T. Warne - How Open Data advances science
This story is about the power of open data to create new knowledge. Archival data and summary statistics can be re-analyzed to investigate research questions or use methodologies that did not exist when the original data were collected. As a result, old data and research can still advance scientific progress and produce new discoveries. Today’s story comes from Dr. Russell T. Warne, who is an associate professor of psychology at Utah Valley University who teaches courses on statistics, research methodology, psychological testing, and human intelligence. You can find him on Twitter (at @Russwarne) and Facebook. Dr. Warne earned his PhD in educational psychology from Texas A&M University in 2011. He is the author of a new book published by Cambridge University Press, In the Know: Debunking 35 Myths About Human Intelligence, a popular science book aimed at non-experts. Read the paper mentioned in the podcast at
April 29, 2021
S1E5 Luiza Bengtsson - Art for Science Communication
Luiza Bengtsson presents a story about an art-science collaboration conducted to explore the future of genome editing. The story showcases the opportunities and the difficulties of interdisciplinary work, particularly when emotions (art) are used to make scientific research tangible. The artist Emilia Tikka spent three months in the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine research labs to research and create a proof-of-concept for her art piece. The result: “ÆON – Trajectories of Longevity and CRISPR“ has been enthusiastically received by audiences in Berlin, Cambridge and Stockholm and has served as a discussion primer for an European public dialog on genome editing. The art-science project was a collaboration between the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine and the STATE Studio in the framework of the EU-funded Project ORION for promoting Open Science. For more information on the project, please visit: (German) Twitter: @ORION_opensci @OOSP_orionpod @bengtza @MDC_Berlin
April 15, 2021
S1E4 Sally Rumsey - Rights Retention
This story traces Sally Rumsey’s personal history of open access support in UK universities, culminating in a role within cOAlition S that includes promoting the benefits of its Rights Retention Strategy.
March 25, 2021
S1E3 Omer Markovitch - Open Hardware
Omer Markovitch (@OmerMarkovitch) and his colleagues have developed a new scientific device for automatic stirring of experiments, and have made it openly available so that others can reproduce or tinker it. Read the blog in Nature Research Chemistry Community. Download the design files for 3D printing the device here. To know more about Omer’s own research you could check out this YouTube, or this interview.
March 11, 2021
S1E2 Claudia Frick - Open Peer Review
This is a story about mistakes and the revealing nature of Open Science that sometimes might be scary but is always worth it. Today’s story comes from Claudia Frick, who is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne in the fields of information services, science and scholarly communication. You can find her on Twitter, TikTok, and Twitch under @FuzzyLeapfrog. She is part of Forschungsstrom, a science communication project on Twitch. Read the article and its peer review comments here.
February 25, 2021
S1E1 Heidi Seibold - Open science is science done right
In this episode Heidi talks about her story of how she got into science and into open science.  Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with guests who tell stories about Open Peer Review, Open Hardware, and many more! Find Heidi on Twitter:
February 11, 2021
Season 1 Trailer
Open Science Stories trailer and call for contribution. Want to tell your story? Message me: You can either tell your story by talking yourself or you tell me your story and I will tell it to the world :) 
January 05, 2021