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National Open Research Festival 2023 (#NORFest2023)


Thursday, November 2, 2023, 09:30 - Friday, November 3, 2023, 15:45


Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Free two day event , booking essential

NORFest2023 will bring together stakeholders from the research community to discuss Ireland's transition to Open Research.

NORFest will take place on 2-3 November in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Ireland’s annual National Open Research Festival (NORFest) provides a forum for the research community to present and discuss work related to Ireland’s transition towards open research. NORFest is an initiative of Ireland’s National Open Research Forum. The Festival’s inaugural event aims to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to communicate the value and diversity of open research practices, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to identify and explore synergies. 

About the Programme

Programme highlights include:

  • A keynote talk titled “Opening Science” by Chelle Gentemann(link is external), programme scientist at NASA on NASA’s Open Science programme, and the US Year of Open Science(link is external);
  • A panel on Early Career Researcher perspectives of open research and research assessment chaired by Yensi Flores Bueso(link is external), Steering Board member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Research Assessment (CoARA(link is external));
  • Lightning talks on initiatives supporting and fostering open research in Ireland; 
  • The launch of new projects awarded funding through the NORFOpen Research Fund 2023; and
  • Interactive workshops on different aspects of open research, including scholarly publishing, open access, peer review, data stewardship, open source software, and the European Open Science Cloud. 

Find out more about the full programme of talks and workshops on the NORF website.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), headquartered at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), is the coordinating organisation for the National Open Research Forum (NORF). Ireland’s inaugural National Open Research Festival will be delivered with the support of DRI and RIA and the expertise of the Festival Programme Committee. Funding for the event is provided by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

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