#VitaeChat: Open Access and Open Research

In order for research to continue to develop and thrive in the current climate, where access to campuses, facilities and physical face-to face interaction are limited, it is perhaps more important than ever to share data and knowledge amongst the researcher community through the practice of open research. 

Cropped-woman-tweeting-Photo by Ketut Subiyanto

Open access and collaboration through open research practices at an interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international level further enhance the development of research and have a positive impact on research culture and research integrity, as well as providing a diversity of perspectives and critical insights across different research contexts.

Join the #VitaeChat on Tuesday 3 November between 12 - 1pm GMT to be part of the conversation, reflecting on the progress around open access and open research in practice and in policy a decade on from the first Open Access Week. Expert panellists will explore where we go next with the 'open' movement as a research community and establish the links to improving research culture and robust research integrity.


What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) at 12pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 November 2020
  2. Search for the hashtag #vitaechat on Twitter and select the “Latest” tab
  3. Follow @vitae_news
  4. Our #vitaechat moderator Rachel Cox, Engagement & Policy Project Manager at Vitae, will post a series of discussion questions from @RachelVitae1
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #vitaechat to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I take part?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge.