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Annual Members Meeting Guest Speaker

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, 11:45 am AST


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Maria Pawlowska

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Designing and Implementing Open Research Policies in Nova Scotia

With the current global and national focus on open science, Research Nova Scotia is exploring best practices and opportunities that meet the needs of Nova Scotia’s research community. This project is the first of its kind in Canada, and a part of a broader move towards more open and accessible research. The main focus is collecting the broad research community’s input on how to best design a workable and beneficial open research policy. In order to do this, we are investigating current practices and challenges around research data management (RDM), open access, open data and any engagement around other aspects of open science and open humanities, such as open infrastructures, open educational resources or citizen science.

By inviting the broad community to partake in this project we hope to:

  • Understand current open science and open humanities practices in Nova Scotia;
  • Identify opportunities and barriers to implementing open science in Nova Scotia;
  • Find the researchers, institutions and organizations who are doing this well in Nova Scotia, and from whom we can learn;
  • Apply best practices and learnings gathered around the world to a uniquely Nova Scotian context;
  • Recommend ways to implement open science practices equitably, safely, and efficiently in Nova Scotian research.

About Maria

Dr Maria Pawlowska is an expert in research management with a focus on scientific data management and open science. Following her PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge she transitioned to a career in research administration and policy and has over a decade of experience in managing international, interdisciplinary research projects and implementing and designing open science policies.

Maria has collaborated with the European governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as Fortune200 companies. She has helped establish over a dozen new centers of excellence (working with institutions such as Oxford University and CNRS) and was also a member of the Science Europe working group that authored the “Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management”. In the past year Maria has shared her expertise on open science at meetings organized by the United Nations and the European Commission, among others.

As a guiding principle Maria works to ensure that modern research management, including supporting openness, diversity and inclusion, became part of the blueprint for how science is done. Her work has been recognized by numerous organizations – Maria is a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar, a member of the American Academy of Achievement and has received awards from the Coimbra Group, the Cambridge Philosophical Society and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, among others.