Better Science through Better Data 2019

#scidata19 is back!

In ‘Better Science through Better Data’ (#scidata19) Springer Nature and The Wellcome Trust partner to bring together researchers to discuss innovative approaches to data sharing, open science and reproducible research, together with demonstrations of exemplary projects and tools.

If you are a researcher, this event will give you the chance to learn more about how research data skills can aid career progression, including how good practice in data sharing can enable you to publish stronger peer-reviewed publications.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 1 day conference.

Location: Wellcome Collection | 183 Euston Rd | NW1 2BE London | United Kingdom

Time: 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT).

Who should attend: Researchers, Early Career Researchers, Librarians, Public.

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Browse Programme Committee

Mr Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

P_Iain_Hrynaszkiewicz_circlecrop_100x80Head of Data Publishing

Springer Nature

Iain is Head of Data Publishing in the Open Research Group at Springer Nature, where he develops new areas of research data publishing and data policy. This includes efforts to make research data more visible and reusable by developing links with data repositories, and data journals such as Scientific Data. He has led various initiatives and published numerous articles related to data sharing, open access, open data and reproducible research.

Mr David Carr

P_David_Carr_circlecrop_100x80Programme Manager – Open Research

Wellcome Trust

David Carr is Programme Manager for Open Research at the Wellcome Trust, where he is responsible for developing and taking forward a range of activities to maximise the availability and re-use of research outputs – including publications, datasets, software and materials. Previously, David worked as a Policy Adviser at Wellcome – leading on work to develop and communicate policy in several areas – including data sharing, open access publishing, biosecurity and genomics. In 2001, David worked on secondment at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, where he assisted in the preparation of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) report on Genomics and World Health. Prior to joining the Trust in 1999, David worked as a project researcher at a scientific consultancy firm in Cambridge. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in genetics from the University of Cambridge. 

Dr Kristie Whitaker

P_Kristie_Whitaker_circlecrop_100x80Research Fellow

The Alan Turing Institute

Kirstie Whitaker is a research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and senior research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Her work covers a broad range of interests and methods, but the driving principle is to improve the lives of people with mental health disorders. Dr Whitaker uses magnetic resonance imaging to study child and adolescent brain development and participatory citizen science to educate non-autistic people about how they can better support autistic friends and colleagues. She is the lead developer of "The Turing Way", an openly developed educational resource to enable more reproducible data science. Kirstie is a passionate advocate for making science "open for all" by promoting equity and inclusion for people from diverse backgrounds, and by changing the academic incentive structure to reward collaborative working. She is the chair of the Turing Institute's Ethics Advisory Group, a Fulbright scholarship alumna and was a 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.

Dr Helena Cousijn

SciData19 - Helena Cosijn © Springer NatureCommunity Engagement and Communications Director


Helena Cousijn works as Community Engagement and Communications Director for DataCite, a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data. She is responsible for all DataCite's outreach activities. She's committed to DataCite's mission of enabling data sharing and reuse and is especially passionate about data citation. Before joining DataCite, Helena worked as Senior Product Manager for Research Data Management Solutions at Elsevier. She holds a DPhil in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford. Helena is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dr Varsha Khodiyar - Programme Chair

Scidata19- Varsha Khodiyar © Springer NatureData Curation Manager

Springer Nature

Dr Varsha Khodiyar currently works on research data publishing initiatives as part of Springer Nature’s Research Data team. After gaining her PhD from the University of Leicester, Varsha began her curation career with the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee, assigning official names to human genes for the Human Genome Project. After completion of the Human Genome Project, Varsha joined the Gene Ontology project, distilling findings from the literature into machine readable data. During this time Varsha also developed and taught an MSc module on data curation for University College London. After 10 years in academia Varsha moved into scientific publishing, initially with the journal F1000Research and subsequently with the Nature Research journal Scientific Data. In addition to her role as Data Curation Editor for Scientific Data, Varsha manages Springer Nature’s Research Data Support service and contributes to developing and delivering Springer Nature’s research data training.

Dr Emma Ganley

P_Emma_Ganley_circlecrop_100x80Chief Editor

PLOS Biology

Emma Ganley is Chief Editor of PLOS Biology and is very involved with the PLOS data program. Initially trained as a scientist with a PhD in Molecular Biology from the MRC-LMB in Cambridge followed by postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, Emma moved into science publishing joining PLOS Biology in 2005. Emma re-joined PLOS in 2010 after some years in New York where she was Executive Editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. Emma has long been involved in efforts to ensure the highest level of scientific integrity via data presentation and making data available alongside publications; she has been involved in initiatives to visualise original microscopy image data and worked as a Project Manager for the Open Microscopy Environment. She now oversees many projects at PLOS related to Open Science, Open Data, publishing ethics and mechanisms to improve research assessment. Emma is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for, and active participant in the Force11 EG3 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) Publisher Early Adopters working group.

Dr Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden

Scidata19- Yasemin Turkyilmaz © Springer NatureData Steward - Faulty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

TU Delft

Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden works as the Data Steward at the TU Delft Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. She obtained her MSc degree at Radboud University Nijmegen from the program ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Disease’. Then, she did her PhD at the Molecular Genetics Department of Erasmus MC Rotterdam where she studied UV-induced DNA damage repair using proteomics and live cell imaging approaches. During her academic journey, she daily managed data during acquisition, analysis, and publication stages and therefore she has a good understanding of researchers’ perspective and experiences about data management. As a Data Steward, she provides customized and discipline-specific data management support to researchers at every stage of the research lifecycle, with the eventual goal of achieving a cultural change in research data management at daily practice. She is also the Community Manager of TU Delft’s Data Champions initiative.

Dr Fiona Reddington

P_Fiona_Reddington_circlecrop_140x200Head of Population, Prevention & Behavioural Research Funding

Cancer Research UK

Fiona obtained her BSc (Pharmacology) at University College Dublin and her PhD (Neurophysiology) from Kings College London (UMDS). From there, Fiona joined the NHS as a project manager and went on to manage a Cancer Centre at University College London. Management roles at a national cancer network and the National Cancer Research Institute Informatics Initiative followed where Fiona was part of the team to win the inaugural Times Higher Research project of the Year award. Fiona joined Cancer Research UK in 2008. She has responsibility for the Cancer Research UK research portfolio in the areas of population research, prevention and early diagnosis. She represents the charity on matters relating to data sharing and the management boards of a number of external initiatives such as the UK Prevention Research Partnership and UKCRC Public Health Centres of Excellence.

Participant feedback

“Open data is crucial in all fields. New data repositories, how we can use them."

     "Really engaging and great to hear about the impact of open research.”