Batool Almarzouq


Bio: Batool Almarzouq, Community Lead, Open Science Community Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom

Batool Almarzouq is an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool and a computational biologist at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC). She advocates for inclusive and collaborative community spaces to enable purposeful human-centred adoption of open research practices, tools and culture. She founded the Open Science community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA), which introduces and contextualise Open Science practices in Arabic-speaking countries. She is also a Content Subject Matter Expert (SME) in NASA's Transform to Open Science (TOPS). Batool is a committee in the R-Ladies Global Team, which is a worldwide organisation that promotes gender diversity in the R community. She is also a core contributor to The Turing Way (UK), an open-source, community-driven guide to reproducible, ethical and collaborative data science.

Abstract: "Open Science Community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA): Towards generating new economic knowledge"

Open Science hold immense promise to address grand economic and societal challenges and accelerate innovations. Open Science Community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA) was established in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on installing values, enhancing knowledge and improving equal access to education. It is open for individuals regardless of nationality, age, disability, expertise, race and religion. OSCSA aims to provide a place where newcomers and experienced peers interact, inspire each other to embed open science practices and values in their workflows and provide feedback on policies, infrastructures, and support services. In this talk, we will present how Open Science can play a part in a knowledge-based economy and showcase the capacity-building programmes within Open Science Community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA).