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If you had not heard of Open Science and wondered what it was, or wished there was an Open Science topic you knew more about, then the ORION Open Science Cafe on 4 November during Berlin Science Week was the perfect event. 

For five hours we were digitally serving up a rolling series of twenty-minute micro-talks and activities about Open Science. Our audience could drop in and have a coffee while they got a quick snack of knowledge about how to make different aspects of research transparent, accessible, and usable for all. Some even stayed for the whole afternoon and went away as Open Science experts.

Open Science café

The event started with a (potted) history of Open Science delivered by host Emma A Harris. There were guest speakers: Katharina Nimptsch presented the ORION-funded SMOVE citizen science project, and researcher Inga Patarcic discussed using R to become a Genome Hacker!

The rest of the talks were delivered by graduates of ORION’s Train the Trainer course. They provided a great range of interactive and engaging talks, from Jonathan Hankin’s explanation of how open source can help fix a car (delivered in a high-vis waistcoat next to his car!), to Emily Farran and Mary Anderson-Glenna giving personal examples of how Creative Commons licensing helped their educational and professional development. 

You can download all the talks from Zenodo (CC-BY ORION Open Science Project) or watch them below. The event was hosted by the ORION partner: Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine