In Memory of Jon Tennant 1988-2020 | Generation Research

“The 9th of April Jon Tennant passed away. He was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in Indonesia while on a research residency at the IGDORE campus. Jon had been a tireless advocate of Open Science and friend to all in the Open Science community. At Generation Research we were honored to have him as a founding member of our advisory board.

Open Science had become Jon’s driving passion as an intellectual and as an activist which brought him to being a public figure in the Open Science movement. He had a talent for communicating the importance of access to knowledge and bringing people together to work on making the cultural change happen for Open Science. Jon had made the switch from being a paleontologist to an Open Science advocate, although it had remained a rival passion. He had completed his PhD in 2017 at Imperial College UK in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, and had been awarded the Janet Watson Award for research excellence. 

Jon’s contribution was about making Open Science happen with a conviction that showed mettle and tenacity in the need for social justice in our current knowledge systems and to highlight its systemic inequalities. Jon advocated for the UN Sustainable Development Goals as are put forward often in responsible research and innovation and saw the value of the ‘free to publish — free to read’ Open Access policies advocated by for example AmeliCA….”