A medical doctor may be inspired to help people recover from injury and disease, a scientific researcher may be inspired by the opportunity to provide new insights to the world, but in their daily work what inspires the activities of a researcher?

Many voices in the research community are talking about what the best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing should be in order to enable reproducible research, more reliable results, and faster diagnostics. But what use is the identification of best practices if we do not know what incentives will drive the research community to adopt them?

Register for the DNAdigest symposium

– August 21 from 9:30am at 3rd floor Shropshire House, 10-12 Capper Street, London

At this DNAdigest symposium, we are inviting researchers, clinicians, patients, policy makers and the medical genomics community to discuss:  “How can we incentivise best practices for data sharing in genomics?” 

The agenda will contain presentations giving different perspectives on data sharing and incentives, including presentations from Wellcome Trust (the largest research funder in the UK), bioethicists, data citation experts, and from the individual researchers.


9:30 Arrivals (Tea/coffee is available)

9:45-10:00 Introduction to DNAdigest and the outline for the day

Part I “Multiple perspectives on data sharing

10:00 Natalie Banner from Wellcome Trust
Incentives for data sharing in genomics: a funder’s perspective

10:25 Neil Walker from University of Cambridge
Turning policy into practice: barriers to data sharing, as seen by the people who make the data

10:50  Shahid Hanif from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
The opportunities and challenges of sharing genomics data with the pharmaceutical industry”

11:15 – 13:00 Open space discussion
What are the reasons to share? What are the hurdles?” (Tea/coffee is available)

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch break

Part II “Tools and workflows 

13:35 – 14:00 Roland Roberts from PLoS
How to publish research-related data?

14:00 – 14:25 Jean Liu from Altmetric
How can attention paid to datasets be identified and measured?

14:25 – 14:50 Mark Hahnel from Figshare
What is the point of openly available academic research data?”

14:50 – 16:30 Open Space discussion
What are the best practices for data sharing, and how can the hurdles be overcome?

16:30 – 16:45 Summary of learning points from each group.

16:45 – 17:00 Fiona Nielsen from DNAdigest
“How to win grants from H2020 by sharing data” (Tea/coffee and cake is available)

Click here to download the Programme


Are you a young researcher? Join this event to learn about how adopting best practices for publications and data sharing can benefit your research career, and how you can have a larger impact for science by contributing early and frequently.

Are you sceptical about the benefits of data sharing? Join in the discussion following each talk and present your views for best practices to benefit both the progress of research and the interests of the patients.

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Remember to register your attendance via our Eventbrite page – students register for free!

Looking forward to see you in London in August!

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