# SciBeh Virtual Workshop 1.1 ## Open Science & Crisis Knowledge Management [Session whiteboard](http://bit.ly/scibeh-openscience) | [Discussion forum](https://www.reddit.com/r/BehSciAsk/comments/jkzooc/ideas_for_discussion_what_is_the_role_of_open/) _Session overview:_ Crisis response needs research that is rapid, robust, and relevant. As the scientific community rose to this challenge in the context of the pandemic, open science has been at the fore, especially in the life sciences, as data is rapidly shared, published, and communicated---often before peer review. To quote the [OECD](http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/why-open-science-is-critical-to-combatting-covid-19-cd6ab2f9/): 'open science policies can remove obstacles to the free flow of research data and ideas, and thus accelerate the pace of research critical to combating the disease.' But as the pace of research production accelerates, open science brings with it the challenges of quality assurance and the [dangers of an infodemic](https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30565-X/fulltext). In this session, we ask: * How can we adapt tools, policies, and strategies for open science to provide what is needed for policy response to COVID-19? * How do we guard against the pitfalls of rapid research dissemination? * What are the roles of researchers in an open science system? * What holds us back from contributing to the different pieces necessary for quality open science at each stage of the research process? _Speakers:_ **[Chiara Varazzani](https://www.linkedin.com/in/cvarazzani/?originalSubdomain=au)** is lead behavioural scientist at the [OECD](http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/en/), with previous experience as advising the Victorian Cabinet Office (Australia) and World Health Organization. **[Alex Holcombe](https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/about/our-people/academic-staff/alex-holcombe.html)** is a professor at the University of Sydney, the chair of [Psychology in Open Access](https://www.psyoa.org/), and a creator of [Tenzing](https://martonbalazskovacs.shinyapps.io/tenzing/), an app to document individual contributions to research. **[Iratxe Puebla](https://asapbio.org/dt_team/iratxe-puebla)** is Associate Director at [ASAPbio](https://asapbio.org/about-us), a scientist-driven non-profit promoting innovation and transparency in life sciences communication, and open and constructive exchanges on research products at all stages. **[Michele Starnini](https://www.isi.it/en/people/michele-starnini)** is a researcher at the ISI Foundation for Complex Systems Science. He has researched [responses to media coverage of the COVID-19 crisis](https://www.jmir.org/2020/10/e21597), and is also an author of a [paper](https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.09011) proposing a new, decentralising peer-review ecosystem, which he will talk about in this session. **[Cooper Smout](https://www.coopersmout.com/)** is an independent postdoctoral researcher under [IGDORE](https://igdore.org/), who has launched a platform ([Free Our Knowledge](https://www.freeourknowledge.org/)) to harness collective action for among researchers in support of open science behaviours. He will share about this project in this session. _Session chair:_ **[Dawn Holford](https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/liuda52701/dawn-liu)** is a SeNSS/ESRC postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Essex. Her research interests include the psychology of communication, the use of quantified information in decision-making, and reproducibility in psychological science. She is a member of her department's Open Science Working Group.