Fiches de cours 2017-2018


Open Science in Practice


Lecturer(s) :

Dal Peraro Matteo
Vacat .




Held from September 25th to 29th at EPFL


Open science regroups initiatives that use digital technologies to change knowledge production, dissemination and reuse. This doctoral course will introduce concepts and tools that can help produce better and more impactful research. Topics will include publications, research data and code.


Primarily aimed at students pursuing a doctoral degree at EPFL, this summer school will give a general overview of what Open science can mean in practice.

Four morning sessions will be dedicated to background information on Open science in general (Day 1), publications (Day 2), data (Day 3), and code (Day 4). Each afternoon will be dedicated to hands-on activities such as the identification of disciplinary standards (Day 1), channels for knowledge dissemination (Day 2), how to describe and reuse research data (Day 3), best practice for sharing code and methods (Day 3). The last day (Day 5) of the week-long course will be open to everyone from EPFL and will focus on researchers who are already active on campus, or who are interested in Open science.

The participants will be asked to write a essay before coming to the summer school, and then to write a report after the summer school. The evaluation of the students will be based on these two documents, requiring a total of 16 hours to complete, in addition to the 40 hours of lectures and workshops planned during the week.


Day 1  (Monday) - Introduction - Chair: Luc Henry

8:45-09:00 ' Welcome by Martin Vetterli

A very short introduction to Open Science: personal story and motivations

09:00-10:00 ' Benedikt Fecher, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin

What is going on? Introduction to Open science: Five school of thoughts

10:30-11:30 ' Arnaud Vaganay, LSE


11:30-12:30 ' Laurent Gatto, Computational Proteomics Unit, University of Cambridge

Why I adopted Open science as a best practice

14:00-18:30 ' Workshop I


Day 2 (Tuesday) - Publications - Chair: Béatrice Marselli, EPFL library

8:45-09:00 ' Welcome and introduction to Day 2

09:00-10:00 ' Jessica Polka, Director of #ASAPbio

The role of preprints in biology (and in general), and how to run journal clubs with preprints

10:30-11:30 ' Lawrence Rajendran, founder of Science Matters

New publication strategies: alternatives to peer-review, nanopublications, etc

11:30-12:30 ' Kirstie Whitaker

Publishing a reproducible paper: practical considerations

14:00-18:30 ' Workshop II


Day 3 (Wednesday) - Research Data - Chair: Aude Dieudé, EPFL library

8:45-09:00 ' Welcome and introduction to Day 3

09:00-10:00 ' Oleg Lavrovsky,

The power of open data

10:30-11:30 ' Marta Teperek, Cambridge Big Data

Sharing research data: a community challenge

11:30-12:30 ' Lucia Prieto, UNIL Neurosciences and TReND in Africa

Open source hardware in research

14:00-21:30 ' Workshop III


Day 4 (Thursday) ' Code and tools - Chair: Hannah Short / Jens Vigen, CERN

8:45-09:00 ' Welcome and introduction to Day 4

09:00-10:00 ' Victoria Stodden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Reproducibility in code: motivations and incentives

10:30-11:30 ' Gaël Varoquaux, Inria Saclay, Paris, France

The tools - languages, git, infrastructures, the cloud and the wiki

11:30-12:30 ' TBC

Good practices

14:00-18:30 ' Workshop IV


Day 5 (Friday) ' Open Science Show - EPFL actors - Chair Luc Henry

09:45-10:00 ' Welcome and Introduction, Chair: Luc Henry

10:30-11:30 ' EPFL case studies I and II

11:30-12:30 ' EPFL case studies III and IV

14:00-15:00 ' EPFL case studies V and VI

15:00-16:00 ' Presentations by participants

16:00-16:30 ' Closing remarks ' Luc Henry

16:30-18:00 ' Drinks and informal discussions


there will be a website (likely online in early July) at the following url:


Open Science, Best Practice, Scholarly Communication



In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German