Call to Open Science trainers – share your experiences and help to write a book!

From 12-15 February 2018 FOSTER will bring together Open Science trainers and educators to collaboratively author a training handbook. If you have practical experience in implementing Open Science training at your organisation we’d love to hear from you.

What works, what doesn’t? How can you make the most of limited resources? With your help, we will create a handbook that equips future trainers with methods, instructions, exemplary training outlines and inspiration for their own Open Science trainings. The handbook will provide Open Science advocates across the globe with practical know-how to deliver Open Science principles to researchers and support staff.

The handbook will be produced in a book sprint. You never have heard of that? This format will ensure a workshop environment in which a team of about 10 authors creates a finished book in four days collaboratively. Sounds crazy? Maybe, but let’s go for it! Join our writing adventure: Ten authors. Four days. One book.

We are looking for people from diverse scientific backgrounds, with Open Science expertise (from general to discipline specific) and experience in developing and delivering Open Science training.

So, if you would like to share your experiences and are motivated to be part of our team writing a handbook in just a few days, please apply using the form available at:

We will need information about your scientific background, your area of Open Science expertise, your training experience and of course your motivation to participate in our extraordinary writing adventure.

The book sprint will take place in Hanover in Germany. Your travel expenses will be co-funded by FOSTER.

The call for expressions of interests will be open until Sunday, 1 October 2017. You will hear from us by late October 2017.


Contact person

If you have any questions or need clarifications, please contact Helene Brinken, University of Göttingen, State and University Library,


The EU-funded project FOSTER (Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond) aims to support Open Science trainers in multiplying open access, open data sharing and open science principles.

More information

Watch this video to see how book sprints work.
Have a look at this previous book sprint on Open Science by our partner TIB.