Open Science at the MDC: The ORION Project

The MDC is a partner in the H2020 EU funded ORION project

Open Science is based on the principles of accessibility, transparency, and collaboration. It incorporates issues such as Open Access publishing, responsibly sharing data and analysis, and engaging and actively involving the public in science. The Open Science movement aims to improve the quality of research by altering practices and changing incentives.

The MDC is a partner in the H2020 EU funded ORION project. The aim of the project is to explore and promote Open Science practices which improve the quality of research. Read more here.

The MDC has developed a range of training resources for ORION: workshops, podcasts, how-to videos, booklets, and online platforms. The training is aimed at making Open Science beneficial, practical, and simple for researchers. Our resources can all be found on the ORION Zenodo Community.

In addition, we have the ORION MOOC for Open Science in Life Sciences, which offers six modules covering key topics of Open Science. The course is free and available for everyone. Watch the trailer here.

Find out more about our upcoming events and workshops, including the Train-the-Trainer Course:


The ORION Open Science Train-the-Trainer Online Course

Are you an Open Science advocate or enthusiast? Do you want to help others practice Open Science? The ORION Open Science Train-the-Trainer is an online course which enables its participants to deliver Open Science training in a variety of contexts. Through online seminars, meet-ups, videos, group work and more, the participants acquire skills in the theory and methods of Open Science training.

The course runs from October 19th – November 4th 2020 and all aspects of the course can be done remotely. At the end of the course you will be able to try out your acquired skills in a real world setting: as a live virtual micro training at the Open Science Café during the international Berlin Science Week. The Train-the-Trainer course is created by experienced Open Science trainers and adult education specialists. 

Previous knowledge of Open Science is required and the ORION MOOC for Open Science in the Life Sciences 2.0 is available as a primer. All participants who complete the Train-the-Trainer course will receive an ORION Open Science Trainer certificate

We only have 21 places so apply now! The deadline for applications is 20th September 2020. 

For more information please get in touch with the ORION Training Team at MDC in Berlin: 

Key Areas

  • Funder Training –We provide research-funding organisation with knowledge and practical guidance to help increase the understanding and implementation of Open Science principles in research funding.
  • Offline/Face-to-face Training – A series of workshops across Europe where organisers have provided full day training for post-graduate researchers and post-docs on incorporating Open Science Principles into day-to-day Life Sciences research practice.
  • Online Training – Platform and digital media which have allowed researchers and other interested stakeholders to learn more about Open Science principles in the Life Sciences.


The aim of the ORION training is to raise awareness of Open Science as an alternative way to engage with academic research in the life sciences and provoke a culture change in day-to-day practices. In order to do this effectively, innovative, engaging, and low-burden training techniques and materials have been developed. These range from face-to-face workshops to an online training platform to online materials such as videos, podcasts, and guides.


Concept and Pedagogy

The underlying concept behind how the training will be developed is that the in-person training and the work on the podcasts inform the content of the online training. The results of the workshops will reveal the different ways researchers want to include Open Science practices in their day-to-day work. The podcasts will remain available on Zenodo so they can be accessed online and will also reveal issues and solutions, which can be incorporated into the online training.

Therefore, the training uses a responsive, blended learning approach in which the learner influences and leads their own learning journey. The output of the course is linked to research practice. This blended course offers a platform for a peer network which is engaged in the action research cycle that informs current practice. 

Open Access

The MDC aims to publish the full text (publishers version or accepted manuscripts) of all MDC and ECRC publications in the repository. Additionally, in order to support the goal of the Helmholtz Open Access policy (60% of all publications should be published as open-access publications by the end of 2020 and 100% from 2025 on) the library has created a central publication fund, which pays the charges for all articles in open access journals (see: conditions).

Full name
Open Responsible Research and Innovation to further Outstanding KNowledge
Main Work Package (WP) for MDC
           WP4: Training
WP4 Leader at MDC
           Dr Luiza Bengtsson
Training Developer for ORION at MDC
           Dr Emma Harris
3.157.301,25 €
Grant Agreement Number
4 years
Official start
1st May 2017