Who are we

Picture of the OSC-W core group

Currently, we are a group of researchers and staff from WUR. Our community comprises academics and support staff from different disciplines and career stages. All researchers, students and support staff of WUR and NIOO-KNAW and at all career stages, are welcome!

Get to know us and find out why we are enthusiastic about Open Science.

Profile Picture Annika Annika Tensi
PhD Candidate
Business Economics, WUR

I believe that Open Science practices and tools have the power to fight fraudulent practices and frustrations through transparency and reproducibility. For instance, pre-registering hypotheses and analyses fights p-hacking and HARKing, which in turn leads to more trustworthy scientific results. Also, sharing understandable and reproduceable data and code fights the file drawer problem and duplications.

Of course, being open makes us more vulnerable, too, since we potentially also share our mistakes. That means, also the research culture needs to change. It should be regarded as an achievement to make and learn from mistakes through scientific exchange. I believe that Open Science helps to change research cultures for the better.

Chantal Hukkelhoven
Specialist Open Science & Education, Open Access
WUR Library
Profile Picture Edoardo Edoardo Saccenti
Assistant Professor
Systems and Synthetic Biology, WUR

The scientific method changed the history of humanity, opening the way to all discoveries and inventions that shaped and are shaping the world. For many varied reasons science today is often under attack and the unprecedented and unforecasted reproducibility crisis is harming science and the work of many devoted scientists. For this reason, I believe that it is important that everybody embraces the principles of Open Science to aim achieve the goal of a Science that is truly reproducible and inclusive.

Profile Picture Fränzel Fränzel van Duijnhoven
Assistant Professor
Human Nutrition & Health, WUR

I strongly belief that science as well as society benefits most from working together, sharing our knowledge, and making our research and education openly available. However, making science and its practices completely ‘open’ is not an easy task for various reasons. I hope to accelerate this process by sharing experiences and learning from each other within the Open Science Community Wageningen.

Profile Picture Harm Harm Veling
Consumption & Healthy Lifestyles, WUR

Harm Veling is a professor at Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles, and examines the nature of automatic decisions for attractive products, and how to modify these decisions with psychological interventions. He applies preregistration and other open science practices in most of his research projects since 2015, and has experienced the great benefits of these practices. For instance, preregistration in his work has contributed to the development of an application that very reliably changes preferences for food without using external reinforcement. Based on his experience he aims to positively promote open science practices as he is convinced that this will not only benefit researchers who adopt these practices but also the scientific community and society.

Profile Picture Jose Jose Lozano Torres
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Nematology, WUR

I believe that Open Science can truly open the doors for a positive transformation in the world. I was first educated as an agricultural engineer in Colombia and coming to the Netherlands to further develop my career made me realize that information asymmetry in Science and Technology benefits only a selected group people. I think we, as privileged scientists at WUR and for the benefit of all humanity, have a major responsibility in making our work more accessible, more transparent, more equal, and more collaborative.

Profile Picture Julia Julia Höhler
Assistant Professor
Business Economics, WUR

As a master’s student, I asked a team of authors for their questionnaire and never received a response. This lack of transparency frustrated me and made my work more difficult. As researchers, we stand on the shoulders of giants. I believe that Open Science can help us reach even higher and further.

Profile Picture Murilo Murilo de Almeida Furtado
PhD Candidate
Business Economics, WUR

Once I could understand how unequal opportunities could constrain society’s development, I could quickly understand the importance of open, accessible and democratic education. Some people say that happiness is only real when shared, and I believe that the same applies to knowledge. Quoting Paulo Freire, an important educator from my home country, “Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world”. If science can help build a better world, I have no doubt that one of the best ways it can do it is through Open Science.

Profile Picture Vittorio Vittorio Saggiomo
Assistant Professor
BioNanoTechnology, WUR

Repeatability and reproducibility are the main foundation of science. However, although the computer and internet advancements, sharing knowledge, data, experimental set-ups, and so on is still at the same level, if not worse, than hundreds of years ago. Why are scientists not openly sharing methods for reproducing their research? Or raw data of their experiments? Why, with all the electronic tools we have at our disposal nowadays, is sharing scientific knowledge still lacking? I don’t have good answers to these questions, but we can change this attitude together using Open Science.
I am mainly focussing on Open Hardware development.

Profile Picture Yann Yann de Mey
Associate Professor
Business Economics, WUR

I am passionate about helping support good open science practices as I believe researchers/educators should invest their time at the frontier of the field rather than being forced to re-invent the wheel several times. With this initiative, I hope we can inspire and support many colleagues to openly share their materials, data, manuscripts and many things beyond rather than making them “available upon reasonable request”.