To wrap up this series I spoke to Dr Jon Tennant. Jon is a palaeontologist, independent researcher, and passionate advocate for open scholarship. Jon completed his PhD thesis in January 2017 at Imperial College London (and made it available under a CC-BY license on figshare). Jon has contributed research on peer review and open access; founded a palaeontology pre-print server; founded a MOOC on open science; communicated huge amounts of science as a freelance writer; and much more.
Why do we do science?
I’m a scientist-in-training who enjoys learning about the intersection of science and society, so this is a very important question for me. In attempting to answer this question for myself, I’ve become more and more interested in the concept of Open Science (OS):
Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional.
I wanted to learn more about the philosophies behind OS, and the practical steps that scientists can take to make their work more open. I wanted to understand the benefits and drawbacks of open science. This post explores what I have learnt so far.
I was in Wellington on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th May for the 2018 Better Border Biosecurity (B3) Conference.
Everything ready for #B32018 plant border #biosecurity conference at Te Papa NZ tomorrow May 7 with 150 attendees and presentations from @MPI_NZ @PBCRC @BioHeritage_NZ @BioprotectionNZ @CEBRA_UoM @TiraWhakamataki @docgovtnz @SITplusPD @drjoluck @CSIROnews and more
— B3 Director (@B3Director) May 6, 2018
“What? Native wasps?” I hear you say. Yes, thousands of them! And they don’t sting!
I was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s ‘Our Changing World Programme’ by Alison Ballance. We chatted about our misunderstood parasitoid wasps, my masters research, and the value of taxonomy. You can check out the interview here. Happy listening!