Keynote Speaker: Antonio Schettino

Dr Antonio Schettino has a background in experimental psychology and cognitive and affective electrophysiology. He has experience in transparent and open science practices at every stage of the research cycle: preregistration of the initial idea; public sharing of data, materials, and analysis protocols; preprints; and publication in peer-reviewed open access journals.

As Coordinator of the Open Science Community Rotterdam (Erasmus Research Services), he facilitates communications between members of the community, organizes events and workshops, communicates such activities on social media, and personally supports individual researchers and research groups with day-to-day activities related to open science.  

Catherine Bourne

Catherine Bourne is a visual artist, curator and researcher who has a background in arts management and has worked in the Irish and international arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity.

She has previously directed the Bristol Biennial, UK as well as working at the Malakta Art Factory, Finland and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Catherine holds several postgraduate degrees in art, fine art and digital humanities and is currently completing a PhD at UCC, Ireland.

Sharon Flynn

Dr Sharon Flynn has been Assistant Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) since 2006, and is currently on secondment with the Irish Universities Association where she is Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, a 3-year project funded through the Higher Education Authority.

Sharon has been a member of the Wikimedia Community Ireland since 2014, when she became convinced that Wikipedia belongs in Higher Education. Since then she has given a number of workshops and talks on a range of topics related to teaching with Wikipedia, academic writing and Wikipedia, the representation of women on Wikipedia, and the role of Wikipedia in Open Research.

Sharon can be found on twitter @sharonlflynn, on Wikipedia at User:sharonlflynn or by email at

Neal Haddaway

Dr Neal Haddaway is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden and a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, Germany.

Neal researches evidence synthesis methodology and conducts systematic reviews and maps in the field of climate science, sustainability, environmental management and international development. His main research interests focus on improving the transparency, efficiency and reliability of evidence synthesis as a methodology, and supporting evidence synthesis in resource constrained contexts. He is also the co-founder of the Evidence Synthesis Hackathon, and has a keen interest in the use of Evidence Synthesis Technology to support rigorous computer-assisted systematic reviews and maps. Neal is the co-leader of the Open Synthesis Working Group; an international, cross-disciplinary group of experts interested in applying Open Science principles to evidence synthesis.

Adam Leadbetter

Dr Adam Leadbetter leads the Data Management team at the Marine Institute's headquarters in Oranmore, Galway.

Adam works on making data available for discovery and reuse by researchers and the general public. Adam's research interests are around the Web of Data, in particular the use of Semantic Web and Linked Data techniques and their application to the oceanographic domain.

David Moher

Dr David Moher is a senior scientist, clinical epidemiology program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where he directs the centre for journalology (publication science). Dr Moher is also an Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, where he holds a University Research Chair. Dr Moher holds an MSc in epidemiology and PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

Dr Moher has been involved in developing the science of how to optimally conduct and report systematic reviews for most of his professional career. Another part of his research has focused on how best to develop reporting guidelines. He spearheaded the development of the CONSORT statement and the PRISMA statement. He has been actively involved in the development of many other reporting guidelines and is part of the EQUATOR Network.

Dr Moher leads an active program investigating predatory journals and publishers. More recently Dr. Moher led a program to develop core competencies for scientific journal editors. He is actively developing a program to investigate alternatives to current incentives and rewards in academic medicine. Dr Moher has been recognized several times as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science).

Niall Moran

Dr Niall Moran is a research fellow at NUI Galway and senior computational scientist at ICHEC (Irish Centre for High End Computing). Niall works on multiple projects covering the areas of Quantum Computation, AI and traditional HPC.

His current projects include the development of scalable quantum circuit simulation tools for exa-scale platforms and the application of AI methods to high resolution satellite images.

Orla Murphy

Dr Orla Murphy is Head of Digital Humanities at University College Cork.  She is a board member of the DRI and particularly interested in building Irish Research Infrastructures.  At present she is:

  • National Coordinator of DARIAH-IE; the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.
  • Irish National Representative on the Scientific Committee of CoST-EU; Co-operation in Science and Technology.
  • Irish National Representative on the SCI SWG Social and Cultural Innovation Special Working Group of ESFRI  the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures.

Rebecca O'Neill

Rebecca O'Neill holds a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Hull, where her research focused on collaborative online platforms such as Wikipedia as forms of citizen curation. She is the Project Coordinator for Wikimedia Community Ireland, working to promote the use of Wikimedia projects in education, culture and beyond.

She has a keen interest in the improvement and expansion of Irish related topics on Wikipedia, as well as the promotion of the use of Vicipéid in Irish language education and activism.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is the Advocacy and Partnership Officer within the Cochrane Executive Team where she coordinates Cochrane’s advocacy activities and supports the work of organizational strategic partnerships.

Recently, she has developed and started work on a series of advocacy priorities for Cochrane – which includes campaigning for research integrity and for high-quality evidence synthesis in health decision-making. She began her career as a science journalist, before moving into communications and advocacy roles for non-profits focused on health and environmental issues at the EU level.

Deborah Thorpe

Deborah Thorpe is Education and Outreach Manager for the Digital Repository of Ireland. She has published extensively in the fields of medieval studies, palaeography, and the medical humanities. She has a particular interest in the interdisciplinary humanities, especially research that creates unusual synergies between disciplinary approaches.

Her most recent position prior to joining DRI was as Training and Education Officer for DARIAH-EU. Before that, she was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow at Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.

Elaine Toomey

Dr Elaine Toomey is Associate Director of Cochrane Ireland within Evidence Synthesis Ireland based in the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research primarily focuses on methods used in the development, evaluation and implementation of health behaviour change interventions, particularly in relation to the treatment and prevention of chronic disease.

She has specific expertise in implementation science, evidence synthesis, process evaluation and exploring the fidelity and adaptation of behaviour change interventions. Elaine is a member of the Health Research Board (HRB) Open Research National Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the European Health Psychology Society Open Science Special Interest Group and a Catalyst for the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).

In 2016 Elaine was awarded a Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science for Emerging Researchers from the University of California Berkeley for her work in fidelity and transparency of behaviour change interventions, and has been shortlisted for a European Young Researcher Award 2020.