Student Initiative for
Open Science

May 2020 Newsletter


Hello from afar open science fans! This month, we will be highlighting social-distancing-approved open science activities and how open science is assisting efforts against COVID-19. 


As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or recommendations,
send us an email at 
Open Science PubQuiz
April 30th at 20:00 (CET)

SIOS is bringing fun Open Science events to your home! Tune in to our pub quiz to show off your knowledge on open science, pop culture, and more. The winning team gets to pick a cause of their choice that SIOS will support with a donation.

How do you participate? Sign up with this link:

Then, we will send you the zoom link! 

Remote Reprohack!
May 14th from 10:00 to 17:00 (CET)

During a reprohack, participants attempt to reproduce a published work of their choice and gain a better understanding of the benefits of reproducible science. Participants will also learn how other researchers have made their research reproducible, interact with like-minded people, and enjoy talks from Daniel Nüst, Daniel Piqué, and Sarah Gibson. 

For more information:

Sign up with this link:

Donate your work:…

An Interview with the Science vs Corona Initiative 
Last month, SIOS had the pleasure of interviewing the Science vs. Corona initiative. For the full interview, check out our blog post:

Highlights from the interview:

What is the goal of this initiative?

The goal of our two initiatives is to help fight the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects on society. We do this by helping researchers with data analysis through Data versus Corona. While the ‘intelligent lockdown’ has curbed the spread of the virus and saved lives, it also has costly side-effects on the economy and the psychological well-being of all citizens. We therefore need to think about exit strategies. Thus, at Strategies versus Corona, we try to combine the expertise from researchers from many different fields into developing an adequate exit strategy out of the current lockdown.

What impact do you think that your initiative could have on coronavirus research and/or open science?

Some of our Data versus Corona projects actively support researchers who investigate the effect of the coronavirus on psychological outcomes with sound statistical advice and data analysis. So this is a direct impact.

Through Strategies versus Corona, we are mobilizing experts from, among other areas, epidemiology, psychology, computer science, communication research, and economics, as well as everyday citizens in the fight against the coronavirus. This will hopefully aid the development, understanding, and critical evaluation of exit strategies.

How can students get involved?

To join Data versus Corona, students can fill out this form asking about their relevant expertise. We will then invite you to our Slack workspace where you can work together with others on a project.

For Strategies versus Corona, we are currently in the idea generation phase in which we crowdsource exit strategies and criteria on which they should be evaluated. Students can submit ideas via the website.

SIOS is interested in how students are staying healthy and productive while working from home! In addition, we are also curious about how science and scientific work is perceived by students during COVID-19.

If you have some helpful tips for your fellow students or opinions on open science during the pandemic, please take our 5-minute survey!

Your responses are greatly appreciated!
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