Plenary Events

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Opening Session

Monday August 3rd

A 2 hour kickoff session, presented live over Zoom, will be repeated twice on this day to allow participants from all time zones a chance to join in. We’ll begin with opening remarks from FSCI organizers, and some brief updates on logistics and orientation. There will also be asynchronous ways to get oriented and begin your engagement with FSCI, with walkthroughs and pre-recorded videos giving an overview of how the online experience of FSCI will work. That will lead into our opening panel discussion:

Science at the Speed of a Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the issues of speed, trust and validity for research communications into focus as never before. In this session of talks and discussion we will probe the issues with the people dealing with challenges in reprints and efficient peer review, experts on reproducibility and data management and the people who need to turn data and claims into policy on the ground.

Confirmed speakers include Theo Bloom (BMJ) and RIchard Sever (Cold Spring Harbor Press and BiorXiv) with others to be confirmed. We will discuss the challenges for science and scholarship in communicating rapidly and effectively to different audiences. Probing the challenges from peer review processes to preprints, data sharing to deliberate misinformation the panel will pick apart the issues based on their experience of the current crisis.


Midpoint Plenary

Friday August 7th

Just as we do in-person, halfway through FSCI we pull everyone out of their courses into a curriculum-driven series of plenary events, centered around a theme.

This year’s theme: The Past, Present and Future of FAIR Data.

We’ll have speakers and panelists throughout the day, from time zones around the world, to form a dynamic global panel session featuring leading experts on FAIR Data, its limitations and challenges, and the future.Confirmed speakers include Natasha Simons (ARDC), representatives of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance, and Mark Parsons (Rennslauer Polytechnic), with more to be confirmed. Starting mid-afternoon at UTC+10 we will have a rolling schedule of panels, online statements and discussion on the past, present and future of the FAIR principles, and of the principled and respectful use of data in general. More details on this innovative day coming soon.

Sessions for the panels will run at (note the Panels start Thursday night at 9pm Pacific Time and in some time zones they will run into Saturday morning):

  • UTC: 0400, 0900, 1400, 1900, 0100 (Saturday)
  • AEST: 1400, 1900, 0000 (Saturday), 0500, 1100
  • CEST: 0600, 1100, 1600, 2100, 0300 (Saturday)
  • BST: 0500, 1000, 1500, 2000, 0200 (Saturday)
  • EDT: 0000, 0500, 1000, 1500, 2100
  • PDT: 2100 (Thursday), 0200 (Friday), 0700, 1200, 1800


Closing Session

Thursday August 13th

A 2 hour closing session, presented live over Zoom, will be repeated twice on this day to allow participants from all time zones a chance to join in.  In those sessions and in other asynchronous ways, we’ll pull together threads from the courses, the plenaries, and the community events, and begin to sum up what we’ve learned from each other and to lay out pathways to stay connected beyond FSCI.