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Open research plays a key role in democratising knowledge and creating a productive, collaborative and responsible research culture.

Sheffield’s OpenFest, co-delivered by the universities of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam, provides an opportunity to explore issues around open research, share experiences and consider how open research can be applied in your discipline.

You can find details of our 2023 OpenFest here.

This year’s OpenFest will take place in the week beginning 9th September 2024 and the full programme will be communicated shortly.


1. OpenFest Online Symposium

Towards an Open Research Culture: Establishing, Embedding and Facilitating the Culture/s and Practice/s of Open Research

Wednesday 11 September 2024, online 

To what extent, and in what ways, is the future of research culture open? What practices are and will be central in establishing and embedding a culture of research openness? What factors impede efforts to achieve an open research culture, and how best can researchers and other professionals address these? Our online symposium aims to create space for colleagues across the UK and internationally to explore these and related ideas.

2. Open Research @ Sheffield

Our two Open Research @ Sheffield days (in-person with hybrid capability) will bring together researchers from the universities of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam to explore current practice, share ideas, and build connections.

Day 1

Tuesday 10 September 2024, in-person (University of Sheffield) with hybrid capability


Day 2

Thursday 12 September 2024, in-person (Sheffield Hallam University)

Workshops at Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Library [map pdf]
Collegiate Library [map pdf]

Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus, Howard Street
Sheffield S1 1WB
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