Watch the video of the PaNOSC & ExPaNDS panel discussion @ESOF2022
On 13-16 July, 2022, the European Science Open Forum – ESOF 2022, took place in Leiden, the Netherlands. PaNOSC & ExPaNDS joined the event with the panel discussion “Open Data for healthier societies: a virtuous cycle?”. The session showcased the needs and achievements so far, for data to be open, but also the role of global mobilisation in the face of challenges like pandemics, and highlighted some of the achievements, which have led to therapies being developed, including medication for low- and middle-income countries.
Three expert scientists in the life sciences domain – Dr. Benjamin Perry (DNDi), Dr. Claire Walsh (UCL, ESRF) and Dr. Sam Horrell (Diamond Light Source) – presented three virtuous examples: the Protein Data Bank (PDB), COVID Moonshot Consortium and the Human Organ Atlas, which led to setting up open data banks and portals for faster discoveries and breakthroughs in the life sciences domain and beyond. Finally, Prof. Andrew Harrison, CEO of Diamond Light Source and former chair of the LEAPS initiative, presented how European photon sources embraced and reacted to the new challenge posed by the pandemic. The session was moderated by Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke (Diamond Light Source).