EDEN NAP Webinar on Open Science, Wednesday May 24th at 13:00 (CET)


In this webinar we will explore the topic of open science. UNESCO (2022) defines “Open science is a set of principles and practices that aim to make scientific research from all fields accessible to everyone for the benefits of scientists and society as a whole”. In this session, we will hear from three experts from the area of open science who will share their research, practice and advocacy. 


Orna Farrell, School of Policy and Practice, Institute of Education at Dublin City University, Ireland

Orna Farrell is Associate Professor specialising in online and blended education based in the
School of Policy and Practice, Institute of Education at Dublin City University (DCU). Orna’s research interests include online pedagogy, online student success and engagement, eportfolio and open educational practice. She has a growing publication record in her fields of interest, including a range of book chapters, journal articles, invited presentations and conference papers. She has published in high ranking journals such as Distance Education, the Journal of Interactive Media in Education, Research in Learning Technology, and the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. Orna is deputy chair of the European Distance and E-Learning (EDEN) Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) committee.


Dermot Lynott, Maynooth University, Ireland

Dermot Lynott is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Maynooth University, with research interests centred around cognitive science, having previously worked at Northumbria University, University of Manchester, and Lancaster University. Prior to this, he studied at Dublin City University and University of Edinburgh before completing his PhD at University College Dublin.  Dermot has been working on open research practices and open education resources for over 10 years. With colleagues at Lancaster University, he founded the Promoting Open Science Practices Group (the first of its kind for a psychology department in the UK), and more recently the Maynooth Open Research network in 2021. He has been involved in developing and delivering training in open research practices (e.g., FAIR data, study preregistration, registered reports etc.), including as part of curriculum development for degree and masters programmes. His open-education resources are freely available online ( ), and have been widely shared. Dermot is also a strong supporter of open access publishing, serving as action editor for the open access journal Collabra, and is the current Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of PsyArxiv, the largest preprint server for research in psychology. Dermot is also the principal investigator on a National Open Research Framework project to develop a national training programme for open research.

Radu Vasiu, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania

Radu Vasiu is a professor at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. His research interests are in the fields of elearning, multimedia, web technologies, open data and smart cities.

Niamh Brennan, Trinity College, Ireland

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager of TCD Research Informatics in Trinity College Dublin, where she works on research reporting, evaluation, impact, research skills training and open scholarship via Trinity’s CRIS (Current Research Information System) and its integrated institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive) and Diamond Open Access journal publishing programme.  She is course coordinator of Trinity’s mandatory online module for research postgraduates, ‘Research Integrity and Impact in an Open Scholarship Era’ and is Lecturer on “Open Librarianship”, a core module of the DBS MSc in Information and Library Management.

Niamh  manages Ireland’s National Open Access Desk in TCD as P.I. and Irish partner in OpenAIRE (EC FP9, Horizon2020 & Horizon Europe). She was a member of the European Commission OSPP Expert Group on Skills for Open Science and co-authored its report and she also co-wrote Ireland’s ‘National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment’. She is a member of Irish Open Access Publishing (IOAP) and is technical lead on PublishOA, the NORF-funded project investigating the feasibility of Diamond Open Access publishing for Ireland. PublishOA commenced in November 2022 and is led by the Royal Irish Academy with Trinity Long Room Hub and a wide-ranging and diverse group of scholarly publishers and other partners. Niamh is an invited member of the SDG Academy High Level Advisory Council, working towards Education for Sustainable Development.