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Conference Date: Wednesday 29th May 2024 

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 9th 2024

Submit: Edinburgh Open Research Conference 2024: Culture Change & Research Cultures (

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: February 14th 2024

The forthcoming Edinburgh Open Research Conference (EOR) will take place on Wednesday 29th May 2024. While the conference will be hybrid, we ask that all contributors attend in person. 

Edinburgh University is committed to making Open Research the new normal and a vital part of achieving that is by contributing to positive culture change within research. But how do we and other institutions go about this?   

So, this year, we are asking the question: 

How can Open Research contribute to positive Culture Change in Research more broadly? 

The focus will be on the role of Open Research in changing research culture for the better. We will come together to ask how principles of FAIRness, reproducibility, recognition, integrity, and participation can steer us towards a healthier, more vibrant research environment. We will also consider the underlying factors that can drive research culture change in all its forms, how we can measure progress, and how Open Research intersects with other aspects of research culture that involve a shift in research value, behaviour, expectations and attitudes such as EDI, health and working patterns. 

The three central themes of the conference will be:  

  • Next Generation Metrics 
  • Research Integrity 
  • Education and Skills 

But we also welcome contributions addressing the other Pillars of Open Science; FAIR Data, Scholarly Communications, Reward & Recognition, Citizen Science, & EOSC 

We are seeking the following types of contributions addressing this question in the form of:  

  • Talks (15mins) 
  • Lightning Talks (5 mins) 
  • Posters  

We are keen for an array of speakers from a range of backgrounds (academic, professional services, and students). We especially welcome contributions from early career researchers, junior professional services staff, and technicians. 

Please contact us directly if you need support or special accommodations to help you to complete the submission process 


Talks should be 15 minutes in length leaving time for five minutes of discussion. Contributions can focus on any aspect of these areas, with a particular focus on culture change and the promotion of Open Research practises.  

To submit a talk proposal, please submit an anonymised abstract of no more 300 words via our submission portal: 

Edinburgh Open Research Conference 2024: Culture Change & Research Cultures (

Lightning Talks & Posters 

Lightning talks (maximum 5 minutes) and posters can focus on any aspect of Open Research related to Culture Change more generally. 

  • How do we integrate FAIR data practices into research culture? 
  • What strategies exist for promoting healthy perspectives on research evaluation? 
  • How can Open Research contribute to the training and career progression of junior professional services, technicians, and research staff? 
  • What kind of policy shifts are needed to underpin real systemic changes? 
  • In what ways does Open Research Culture Change intersect with other areas of research culture, such as EDI? How can these areas learn from one another? 

Poster contributors will be asked to offer a rapid 1-minute outline of their poster as part of the poster session at the end of the conference. 

To submit a poster or lightning talk, please submit an anonymised abstract of no more 300 words via our submission portal: 

Edinburgh Open Research Conference 2024: Culture Change & Research Cultures (

Poster Prize 

A prize of a £50 voucher will be awarded to a poster at the conference. We are looking for visually engaging design that clearly explains contents, while also presenting an interesting and important insight into the themes of the conference. 

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