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“A mentoring & training program for Open Science ambassadors

The Open Life Science (OLS) program helps individuals and stakeholders in research to become Open Science ambassadors.


This is a 16-week long personal mentorship and cohort-based training, where participants (organisers, hosts, mentors and project leads/mentees) of this program will:

share their expertise and gain knowledge essential to create, lead, and sustain an Open Science project
connect with members across different projects, communities, backgrounds, and identities
empower each other to become effective Open Science ambassadors in their communities….”

Runway for sustainability: OLS awarded funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to power its next phase | Open Life Science

“OLS [Open Life Science] is absolutely delighted to share the news that as of January 2022, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded OLS a total of USD 574,945.30 over the next two years. This grant will provide OLS with a truly valuable opportunity to improve sustainability for the organisation and community, and allow enough time to focus on planning for the longer term.

Activities over 2022 and 2023 will include:

Four open research mentoring and training cohorts: OLS-5 applications have closed, and we will run OLS-6 in the second half of 2022, followed by OLS-7 and OLS-8 in 2023. As in the last cohorts, OLS will continue to cater to researchers and the open-research curious from all backgrounds.

New Open Source Software module in the OLS curriculum: OLS team will co-design a new module on Open Source Software to be delivered as an additional skill-up enhancement for those who have software and code-related projects and wish to attend it.

Sustainability and business model planning: Until recently, OLS was fully volunteer-driven. For cohorts 3 and 4, we were able to offer small payments in the form of honoraria to some of our mentors and call facilitators. This will be a core offering over 2022 and 2023, as well as dedicated time to pay the OLS core team to work on OLS….”