Keynote/Plenary Speakers

CSE is proud to announce the 2020 Keynote and Plenary speakers for the Annual Meeting.

Speaking on Monday, May 4, the CSE Keynote Speaker is Brian Nosek, PhD. Brian is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science that operates the OSF –a collaborative management service for registering studies and archiving and sharing research materials and data. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, barriers to change, open science, and reproducibility. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.

Dr. Nosek’s talk is titled “Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication”. Transparency and reproducibility are core principles of research and not (yet) part of daily practice. Failures of transparency and reproducibility retard progress on creating knowledge. The Center for Open Science offers incentives to encourage, tools to enable, and training to enact transparency and reproducibility in all areas of research. Adoption will increase the efficiency of finding solutions to pressing problems.

Speaking on Tuesday, May 5, the CSE Plenary Speaker is Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD. Dr. Zaringhalam is a Data Science and Open Science Officer at the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. She completed her Ph.D. at Rockefeller University in 2017 in molecular biology and bioinformatics. She then moved to Washington D.C. to become an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NLM, focusing on open science and data science policy. Maryam is also a Senior Producer for the Story Collider, which brings true, personal stories about science through live shows and a weekly podcast. She also serves on the leadership of 500 Women Scientists, working to make science open, inclusive, and accessible by promoting women scientists in leadership.

Dr. Zaringhalam’s talk is titled “Storytelling for a More Equitable Open Science Enterprise”. The open science movement has often failed to address the needs of the general public, who are crucial stakeholders in the scientific enterprise. Open science must therefore include building lines for open communication with non-expert audiences. Telling the stories behind the science is a powerful tool for cracking open the scientific enterprise, providing the public with a window into the broader context underlying discovery, the motivations that drive the research, and the ultimate impact of innovation on people’s everyday lives. Highlighting stories of science also enables the public to see the human side of science, allowing them to see themselves reflected in the people doing science, which can cultivate a sense of belonging and increase public trust in the products and process of research.