Information about upcoming events for internal and external researchers, as well as resources from past events.

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Upcoming events

Open Research Conversations autumn/winter 2023/24

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Our Open Research Conversations are monthly online sessions in which 2-3 speakers discuss a particular aspect of open research, followed by Q&A and open discussion.

View details of the autumn/winter 2023/24 programme

Open Access Week 2023 (w/c 23rd October 2023)

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This Open Access Week, the theme is 'Community over commercialisation' - we're holding a number of events to celebrate.

View details of Open Access Week 2023 and book your place

External training and events

Details of external training and events can be found in the Sheffield Research Practice Calendar.

This includes internal and external, online, in-person and hybrid events and it can be added to your own calendar. To have an event added to the calendar, please contact Adam Partridge (

You can also find details of both internal and external training via the Open Research Training Portal.

Resources from previous events

OpenFest 2023 - 4th-8th September

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OpenFest is the University of Sheffield’s flagship celebration and exploration of open research, providing an opportunity to explore current issues, share experiences, and consider how open research can be applied in your discipline. In 2023, we held a series of events in partnership with our colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University, from workshops to symposia - find out more and view event recordings here.

OpenFest 2022

A two-day programme of talks, panel discussions and project showcases, OpenFest 2022 provided an opportunity for University of Sheffield researchers and information/software professionals to explore a range of issues around open research, including OA monograph publishing, Open Educational Resources, FAIR data and software, open qualitative research and software licensing.

View slides and videos from the talks (Student / staff login required)

Open Research Conversations - recorded talks

You can find recordings and slides from previous Open Research Conversations here:

Reproducibility and the Curriculum (June 2023) featuring Aneta Piekut (Sheffield Methods Instititute) and Norm Medeiros (Project TIER) 

Reframing Research Data: Open Research Outputs in the Arts and Humanities (May 2023) featuring Caroline Curwen (Department of Music), Charles West (Department of History) and Isabella Magni (Digital Humanities Institute)

Open Access Monographs, White Rose University Press and the Sheffield Thesis Publishing Prize (April 2023) featuring Kate Petherbridge (White Rose University Press), Adele Mason-Bertrand (University of Leeds) and Jost Migenda (KCL)

Opening up Ethnography (March 2023) featuring Jessica Bradley (School of Education) and Jamie Coates (School of East Asian Studies)

You’ve Got to Fight for Your (Copy)right: An Exploration of New Policies on Rights Retention (February 2023)

Exploring Dryad webinar (February 2023) featuring Sarah Lippincott (Dryad), Andrew Beckerman (School of Biosciences) and Bev Jones (University Library)

Open Research Conversation: Opening the (e)Book on Open Educational Resources (January 2023) featuring Tom Howard (Multidisciplinary Engineering Education), Maria Mawson and Helen Moore (University Library

Rethinking Peer Review: An Exploration of Changing Peer Review Processes (November 2022) featuring Stephen Pinfield (Information School and Research on Research Institute)

Open Research Conversation: Participants as Co-investigators: Opening up Research with Co-production (October 2022) featuring Vicky Farnsworth (Speakup Self Advocacy), Dan Goodley (School of Education) and Matt Flinders (Politics and International Relations)

Open Research Conversation: Responsible Metrics (January 2022) featuring James Wilsdon (Information School; Research on Research Institute) and Jon Griffiths (Research, Partnerships and Innovation)

Open Research Conversation: Electronic Lab Notebooks (April 2021) featuring Alice Sereiro (School of Clinical Dentistry) and Endre Kiss-Toth (Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease)

Open Research Conversation: Reproducibility in Practice (January 2021) featuring Tom Stafford (Department of Psychology; University Research Practice Lead) and Anna Krystalli (Research Software Engineer)

Events at the University

Browse upcoming public lectures, exhibitions, family events, concerts, shows and festivals across the University.