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Singapore Open Research Conference 2022: Abstracts & Slides

Keynote Speech: "Accelerating Knowledge Creation with Responsible Open Research"

Keynote Speech: "Accelerating Knowledge Creation with Responsible Open Research"
By Guest of Honour, Professor LING San, NTU Deputy President and Provost, President’s Chair in Mathematical Sciences

The Selfish Reasons for Practising Open Science
Dr Lenny TEYTELMAN, CEO and co-founder of

Champions and practitioners of open research and FAIR data practices are realizing significant benefits to their research along with the impactful bonus of making the whole research enterprise better for everyone. In addition to the ethical and moral reasons for adopting these best practices, data and results show that scientists who work in an open science framework will have increased productivity, more credit and recognition and longer scientific longevity to their work.

Improving Health Outcomes and Advancing Healthcare Innovation Through TRUST
By Ms KOH Mingshi, Director (Chief Health Scientist Office), Ministry of Health, Singapore

Singapore has valuable research and real-world data managed by different research institutions and public sector agencies. These data, when brought together securely and used in an anonymised manner, have immense potential to help us understand more about health conditions, develop new medical treatments, plan health programmes, and improve public health policy. We will share about how TRUST works closely with our partners to accelerate data-driven innovation and enable greater data sharing with the wider research community in secure manner.

From Open Data to Open Access: Ethical Tradeoffs in Open Science
By Assistant Professor Owen SCHAEFER, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

This talk will present on the ethical underpinnings of Open Science, with particular emphasis on two areas: open data, and open access. With open data, a central ethical tradeoff is between promotion of socially valuable research, and protection of impacted individuals (including but not limited to data subjects). A different tradeoff is apparent with open access, which can be interpreted as an issue of distributive justice: who should bear the costs of providing access to socially valuable research? This talk will further explore how to navigate these tradeoffs in an ethically principled way.

Sharing Data Collected via Future Health Technologies
By Professor Nicole WENDEROTH, Director of Institute for Human Movement Sciences and Sport at ETH Zurich; and founding Director of Future Health Technology programme at Singapore-‚ÄčETH Centre

New digital health technologies enable the collection of multidimensional health data outside of clinical settings and in large cohorts. This creates new challenges for sharing health-related data  (i) between different stakeholders like patients, clinicians, and the international research community, (ii) at different time scales, ranging from real-time applications to long-term data repositories, and (iii) across regulatory borders. The international, multidisciplinary research programme “Future Health Technologies” at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) offers a test bed and «data microcosm» for identifying such challenges and developing first solutions.

Correcting the Natural Product Literature through Open Data
By Associate Professor Roderick W. BATES, NTU School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCEB) and NTU Research Integrity Officer

The use of natural products, chemicals produced by living organisms, has been extraordinarily beneficial to human health over millennia. The isolation of natural products from plants, fungi, bacteria and animals is an important scientific endeavor and must be accompanied by the determination of the molecular structure. Although this is now done by the use of a battery of sophisticated instrumental methods, mistakes in structure determination do happen and have to be corrected. A number of such corrections, based upon intuition, synthesis, comparison and computational methods, are presented in this talk. The importance of access to original data will be illustrated.


The Acceleration of Open Science Initiatives in 2022: an Australasian View of What’s Needed Next (virtual presentation)
By Dr Ginny BARBOUR, Director of Open Access Australasia, and Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communications, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The past 12-18 months have seen an extraordinary increase in open science initiatives globally as well as regionally in Australasia. Initiatives include the work of cOAlition S, the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation, national discussions and some specific policy changes on open access in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. While these policy changes and initiatives are to be welcomed, there is increasing urgency to recognise the need for a diversity of approaches to open science and to ensure that equity is a key part of the future open ecosystem.

Progressing Open Science through Publishing (virtual presentation)
Dr Hiromitsu Urakami, Academic Engagement Director, Springer Nature (Japan)

Open Science aims to improve the efficiency and impact of research by increasing accessibility, usability and transparency.  By doing so, Open Science is expected to support better research and increase its positive impact on society as a whole. Open science includes facilitating openness of research outputs (publications, data etc) but at a more fundamental level is focused on opening up of the research environment and research processes. Springer Nature champions Open Science and is committed to supporting the researcher community as we transition to a more open way of conducting research.  For Open Science to flourish, we believe that we need to make Open Science easy: it needs to become a part of routine for researchers rather than a burdensome series of additional tasks seen as taking time and effort away from their research. In this talk, we will introduce our efforts to progress Open Science and a few examples to make Open Science easier.


Trends in Open Research through the Web of Science Lens (virtual presentation)
By Ms Dju-Lyn CHNG, Regional Solution Consultant, Clarivate

Open research is a complex and rapidly evolving global movement. It has proven to be a springboard for ongoing research, discovery and innovation, but it has also led to challenges for researchers, librarians and publishers alike. This session will make use of data from Web of Science to shed some light on the recent patterns of open access publishing using perspectives from funders, subjects, countries, publishers and journals. Discover how publisher-neutral data and analytics in the Web of Science help you find trusted open access content, as well as assess productivity, collaboration and impact in alignment with evolving open research initiatives.