We continue introducing members of the Eurodoc Open Science Ambassadors’ cohort 2019/20 who have been promoting openness and transparency in their national, local and institutional communities as we are moving through the International Open Access Week 2020. Meet Gergana Romanova, PhD candidate and Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador for Denmark.
Why are you supporting Open Science?
I am supporting Open Science because I believe that scientific research should be accessible and shared with a broad audience. I believe that there are enormous advantages for young scholars who embrace Open Science and therefore OS practices should be promoted to PhD candidates and early career researchers (ECRs). I am particularly interested in OS practices which enable collaborations.
What are the main challenges for Open Science implementation in your country?
While Denmark holds a National strategy for Open Access and each of the 8 Danish universities has their own local Open Science initiatives and support units, many of the PhD candidates and ECRs in Denmark I have had contact with are unaware of the importance and the benefits of Open Science.
How are you addressing these challenges?
I am addressing these challenges by promoting Open Science principles to PhD candidates and ECRs both locally (my own university, faculty, and department) and nationally (though the national PhD association and its followers). I do this by setting up workshops, talks and presentations, and by keeping an ongoing conversation on the benefits of Open Science.