Founder of Open Science TV

Continuing our series of written interviews with researchers at IGDORE: Dr Stefaniia Ivashchenko trained as a biophysicist in France and is now a journalist promoting Open Science and academic reform. Stefaniia tells us what she likes about the Open Science community and why academia needs independent media.

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Dr Stefaniia Ivashchenko

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From biomechanics to anarchism.

Recommencing our series of written interviews with researchers at IGDORE: Dr Dan Cleather, who is the program director for strength and conditioning at St Mary’s University in London, and works remotely from Prague. Daniel tells us about what sparked his interest in the philosophy of science and his current research on new paradigms for exercise during space exploration.

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Dr Dan Cleather

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I love that I can show my affiliation to IGDORE alongside my employment at St Mary’s University, and people often ask what it means — giving me the opportunity to wax lyrical about the importance of open science. …


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Dr Michelle King-Okoye, IGDORE.




On African wildlife, academic stability, and remote work

Continuing our series of written interviews with researchers at IGDORE: Dr. Sam Williams, conservation ecologist in South Africa with a PhD from Durham University, United Kingdom. Sam tells us about challenges and benefits of working in South African academia compared with British academia, and how remote work makes it easier to thrive academically while also having a rich family life.

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Sam’s academic workdesk in South Africa.

I often found myself trying to convince my boss or colleagues to allow me to make our data and code publicly available, to adopt reproducible research practices, to post preprints, and generally to adopt the principles of open science

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On academic nomadism, open science, and IGDORE

Continuing our new series of written interviews with researchers at IGDORE: Dr. Enrico Fucci, nomadic neuroscientist and member of IGDORE’s Global Board. Originating from Italy, with a PhD from France, mostly residing on Fuerteventura (Spain) but currently spending three months in Senegal. We asked Enrico to describe a typical workday as an academic digital nomad, what he thinks about the current movement for open and replicable science, and what matters of heart he brings into IGDORE’s Global Board.

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Enrico’s current academic workdesk on a small island in Senegal.

I am not an office person and I realized that working during office hours was actually detrimental in terms of productivity. I also often asked myself why I had to sit in front of a computer at an office when I could do that at home, or while visiting my girlfriend who was living abroad or, even better, in front of the sea.

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On open science and life as a nomadic researcher

Starting off our new series of written interviews with researchers at IGDORE: Dr. Jon Tennant, rogue paleontologist, nomadic open scientist, founder of PaleorXiv and Open Science MOOC, originating from the UK and currently residing in Paris, France, after several years in Germany. We asked Jon to describe a typical workday as a nomadic researcher, and we asked what he would like to see more and less of in the current movement for open and replicable science.

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Jon Tennant

I make sure to take a lot of personal downtime, reading, writing, and meditating. This means that when I have my uptime for work, I am at my absolute best and work more effectively than if I were doing a 9–5.

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Written by Dr. Rebecca Willén, IGDORE

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