Open Science as an alternative science?

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science


Open Science promotes a new way of science. This involves the inclusion of non-academics in processes of knowledge production,transparent forms of peer review and quality assessment as well as free and open access to research outputs. With this agenda, OS opposes predominant elitist, closed, and inaccessible forms of science. There is a broad consensus in the OS literature why an alternative – more open – form of scientific practice is favorable. These reasons include higher epistemic quality of research outputs,greater justice and social welfare in the utilization of scientific knowledge and even equal opportunity to all who seek to contribute or benefit from scientific knowledge. Moreover, OS promoters frequently declare their commitment to the global sustainability goals and seek to meet the challenges of our times. It is argued that OS is potentially relevant for many different domains and may affect the relationships between academia, industry policy and civil society (cf. Carayannis et al. 2009; Schütz 2019). Our research aims to demonstrate how OS practices counter cumulative advantages in academia, enhance and stimulate innovation, provide accountable evidence for policy making and allows citizen engagement (ON-MERRIT 824612). Presenting first findings of our ongoing research, w ego beyond the review of the endorsed intentions of OS. With our analysis, we propose instead to look at the effects of OS practices.Here we focus on the uptake of scientific expertise in policy making processes and more specifically discuss available evidence regarding the role of OS in this context. In such a way, we aim to contribute to the broader discussion on how an “alternative science and technology” might look like.
Period18 Jun 2021
Event title8th STS Italia Conference: Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice
Event typeConference
LocationTrieste, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • open science
  • RRI