New Year, New WOW: Working Open at the Institut Pasteur Paris

To wrap-up 2017 and kick-off 2018 with a “wow”, we wanted to reflect on recent awesomeness from the Science Lab, fellows, and partners. Last month, the Science Lab and Fellows teamed-up with Antonio V. Borderia of Institut Pasteur to organize a 2-day event celebrating open science and engaging with new communities. Hosted by the Institut Pasteur in Paris on November 30th-December 1st, the event was designed as a Working Open Workshop (WOW Pasteur), honoring the model of our previous WOWs in Montréal, Austin, Kansas City, Portland, Boston, Cape Town, and Berlin. At the same time, we evolved the workshop materials to feature talks from Open Science wizards worldwide.

You can find the materials and schedule via this link and our Open Science Framework Collection via this link. Read on to find a recap of the event!

Day 1: Open Science Conference

The first day was dedicated to a series of keynotes, which featured a line-up of excellent and engaging keynote speakers who presented different aspects of “working open”. These illustrated projects and tools for open collaboration.

Snazzy WOW Pasteur Website – 2018


The last session of the first day was dedicated to a panel discussion about the advantages of open science in advancing Biomedical research.  Matt Spitzer, Kevin Ashley, Brian Bot, Geoffrey Siwo and Abby Cabunoc Mayes were part of this panel, which was moderated by our host Antonio V. Borderia.

Attendees had the chance to interact with the panelists and debate about many issues such as ways of getting credit when working open and the evaluation metrics used in the academic system. The panelists agreed that the “currency” of evaluation has to change from publications into something else. Have an idea? Let us know @MozillaScience.

— Camille Maumet (@cmaumet) November 30, 2017

Day 2: Open Science Workshops (WOW)

The second day was dedicated to a more-traditional Working Open Workshop, during which we covered different aspects of open science practices such as open access, open collaborative projects, and data sharing (amongst others).

Brainstorm of Open Science #fails

We opened the day with a discussion session about how working in the open looks like and identified the key issues the participants face when trying to “work open”; we also identified the joys and benefits of working open and how it can be helpful in advancing projects. Two different groups then identified potential solutions/strategies to some of the identified problems.

— Antonio V. Borderia (@AntonioBorderia) December 1, 2017

The last session of the day was dedicated to a visioning exercise through which we discussed what “working open” might look like at Pasteur Institute. From that, a strategic plan to foster open collaborations and promote working open in the network was started. Most of the Day 1 speakers contributed to the discussion and shared great tips.

We enjoyed champagne and french pastries as well, and celebrated the launching of an open science community in Pasteur Institute Paris and Tunis that will be extended to include scientists from the different 32 Pasteur institutions around the globe. Two clear goals were set and will be ongoing: creating template guidelines for tenure committees that value good open practices and creating a checklist for project initiation, to design the project for open.


This blog post was the collaborative effort of Antonio V. Borderia, Amel Ghouila, Brian Bot, Chris Hartgerink, and Aurelia Moser. WOW header image for this blogpost provided courtesy of @dinoto_photography and Unsplash Images.