At the beginning of November 2019, the Berlin Science Week connected science communities with the general public. Luiza Bengtsson and Emma Harris from the ORION Training team at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) held an Open Science workshop and discussed "Why everyone should care about open science".
“This changes everything” exclaimed PhD student Anna Raysyan after learning that journal impact factors are manipulated by a private company for publishers who can afford to do so. This was one of those lightbulb moments that one always hopes to see in workshops. It also answered the question posed by the title of this particular workshop: Why Everyone Should Care About Open Science.
Further debate was prompted by talks on sharing research data, communicating science, and creating Citizen Science projects. The participants were a mix of about twenty scientists and interested members of the public and the discussion soon turned to the challenges and responsibilities of communicating science to the public in an era of fake news and social media celebrities.
Read the full story on the MDC website.
Photo by Felix Petermann, MDC