From July 12th to July 14th, many members of I-DEEL attended the first ever SORTEE Conference. You may remember, from Rose’s blog post in February, SORTEE as a society committed to increasing awareness and opportunities to make ecology and evolutionary biology research more open, reliable, and transparent (see SORTEE.org). This inaugural conference hosted plenaries, presentations, workshops, unconferences, and hackathons all related to providing resources, gathering feedback, and actively pursuing SORTEE’s missions. Its success was reflected by its large attendance with over 700 participants from over 60 countries. It occurred continuously for 48 hours, actively engaging participants across all time zones.
Members of I-DEEL organized many events for the conference:
- Shinichi facilitated an unconference on facilitating pre-registration
- Patrice organized a hackathon for contacting journals to include options for registered reports
- Losia and Sammy facilitated an unconference alongside SORTEE’s Education Outreach Committee to discuss SORTEE member’s perspectives on open science
- Rose and Sammy facilitated an unconference with members of SORTEE’s Executive Committee on SORTEE’s positions on advocacy for initiatives and policies in open science
- Losia, Szymek, and Sammy organized a hackathon for creating infographics to educate others on different topics relating to open, reliable, and transparent research
Many members of I-DEEL attended these events as well as other workshops, unconferences, hackathons, presentations, and plenaries, and learned a great deal about the importance and avenues for conducting open, reproducible, and transparent research. I look forward to the future of SORTEE and how the ideas shared at the conference can shape the future of ecology.