Event Fund Grantees

Event Fund Grantees

Since its inception in 2019, over $525,000 USD has been awarded to three cohorts of grantees representing 37 organizing teams hailing from 27 countries across five continents. The median size of grants received has been nearly $15,500 USD per organization. Multiple awardees have gone on to receive substantive financial support from other sources as a result of their Event Fund-supported work. The community of Event Fund grantees represents both emerging and established leadership in the research-driven data science. Read on for more about our grantees!

2022 CS&S Event Fund Grantees

Bringing data science and AI/ML tools to infectious disease research - a hands-on workshop

Gemma Turon (Ersilia Open Source Initiative) and Susan Winks (H3D Foundation)

This four-day workshop aims to equip early career researchers in Africa with the tools and knowledge to apply data science approaches to infectious disease drug discovery. Participants will learn to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to facilitate biomedical research. The workshop will promote skills for those interested in all stages of drug discovery, from preclinical research to late development stages. The incorporation of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into research is a cost-effective means to advance scientific discovery, yet the implementation of these tools within sub-saharan Africa is scarce; this event aims to reduce this imbalance. The workshop is directed towards scientists residing in African countries, who are traditionally underrepresented within the STEM community. Learn more here. Amount: $16,000

Colloquium on Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (CoBLET)

Ayesha Fatima and Mohammad Asif Khan (​Beykoz Institute of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Bezmialem Vakif University, Türkiye)

CoBLET2022 is an international “edu-thon” that aims to provide a platform for experts in the field of bioinformatics learning, education and training (LET) to share innovative tools and practices. The event strives to create a space to cultivate ideas and solutions to bioinformatics LET challenges. This inaugural CoBLET will be hosted by Bezmialem Vakif University, Istanbul, Türkiye in collaboration with the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Education, Learning, and Training (GOBLET; https://www.mygoblet.org). The four-day Colloquium will provide various avenues to present current matters of interest in the form of keynotes, short-talks, hands-ons, and culminating with an annual general meeting (AGM) of GOBLET, discussing the community progress to-date and the path forward. Towards sustainability, we hope for CoBLET to be adopted as a flagship annual event of GOBLET, centered around its AGM for an expanded, enriching experience, not just for the members of the organization but also to the wider bioinformatics community. Learn more here. Amount: $11,125.85

Continuing a successful online training: basic molecular data analysis for young researcher in Indonesia

Ni Kadek Dita Cahyani (Yayasan Biodiversitas Indonesia)

Yayasan Biodiversitas Indonesia (BIONESIA), a non-profit organization working to promote conservation of Indonesia biodiversity, developed a series of online workshops aiming to provide training in basic molecular data analysis for Indonesian researchers conducting biodiversity research. The success of the initial series, conducted in 2021, led to the development of a robust network where researchers can connect, solve challenges, and learn new skills related to data analysis. BIONESIA now aims to expand this series to reach a broader audience, including universities in western Indonesia who are disconnected from more recent developments in phylogenetic and basic DNA data analysis. The expansion of these online learning workshops will continue to support molecular ecology research and data analysis in an open and equitable manner. Learn more here. Amount: $10,005

DataFest Africa

Gilbert Beyamba and Neema Iyer (Pollicy)

DataFest is an event which aims to create an inclusive space for discussion on all forms of data, including big data, small data, and everything in between. This event will be the third DataFest, and is to be held in a hybrid event format, with in-person activities spanning across seven cities in Africa. DataFest Africa encourages participation from traditionally marginalized communities, including women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those with disabilities. In order to bring a more diverse set of voices to the data science community, the event will additionally invite journalists, human rights activists, communication specialists, government officials, business leaders, students, data analysts, developers, designers, and anybody working with or interested in learning more about data. The program features a broad range of activities, including app demos, lightning talks on big and small data in digital technology, panel discussions, keynote speakers, networking sessions, and more. Learn more here. Amount: $10,000

Diversifying Science & Social Studies Teachers’ Data Literacy Skills through Climate & Health

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire)

This grant supports a cohort of twenty-four teachers to participate in a Data Literacy Series to gain the tools and knowledge to understand and effectively use data when teaching students about climate change and health. Science or Social Studies teachers who teach 3rd - 12th grade students from minoritized groups, including within a tribal or inner-city school context, will be selected to participate. Pairs of teachers from the same school or district apply and work together, as research indicates that this type of collaboration enables more effective implementation of tools and practices. Topics covered in this series of workshops include learning about types of data, data visualization, pattern identification, variability, statistical thinking, conclusions & inferences, and communicating with data. Learn more here about the workshops that will be adapted for this event. Amount: $15,700

Girls in Asia Data Training (GiADT)

Ezmieralda Melissa (Binus, Indonesia), Shaista Falak & Tariq Zaman (UTS, Malaysia), Sarbani Banerjee Belur (IIT Bombay, India) and Mehak Sana & Fasih ur Rehman (KKKUK, Pakistan)

The Girls in Asia Data Training (GiADT) aims to encourage the interest of young girls in data science, and provides opportunities to develop important research skill sets, including data visualization, infographics and video presentation, and science communication. This program is open to girls from Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and India, with two undergraduate students majoring in STEM-related fields and 20 high school students selected from each country. Each country offers sessions focusing on different themes, with Indonesia offering sessions on the economy and business, Malaysia concentrating on climate Impacts on health, and Pakistan and India focusing on education. The program features a number of skills development workshops and opportunities for mentorship, including connection with prominent women data scientists. Learn more here. Amount: $16,000

II Ecuadorian Congress on Open Data - Open Science Data / II Congreso de Datos Abiertos Ecuador 2022 - Edición Datos Abiertos de la Ciencia

Julio López Peña (Fundacion Datalat and the Ecuadorian Network of Open Data and Metadata)

The Second Congress on Open Data and Metadata in Ecuador, Open Research Data Edition, CODAM 2022, is promoted by Datalat Foundation and the Ecuadorian Network of Open Data and Metadata (REDAM). The Congress aims to promote a space for dialogue between the Government, universities, civil society and private companies on the importance of open data and metadata, as well as the recent advances in the matter at the public policy level. Activities will feature panel discussions to identify the relevant issues, roundtable discussions to present current initiatives promoting open science data, workshops to develop a common framework for open science data in Ecuador, and an infographic challenge for early career researchers or recent graduates. Learn more here (available in Spanish and English). Amount: $13,900

Open data for nanosystem synthesis: Spreading open science practices in Latin America

Diego Onna and Mauro Bringas (Machine Learning for Chemistry Latin America  - ML4ChemLA)

This project aims to train students and researchers from developing countries to use open data for nanosystems. Individuals without programming knowledge across Latin America will participate in workshops where they can learn programming skills, including open and reproducible research, data science, and machine learning. The resources will be available in Spanish and Portuguese. Learn more here. Amount: $4,105

Open Hardware Makers: science edition!

Andre Maia Chagas (Trend in Africa)

Open Hardware Makers will run a 16-week online training program for early career open science hardware developers, teaching individuals how to make projects reusable, inclusive, and sustainable. Open science hardware is often developed by postdocs and graduate students to facilitate lab work, but subsequently abandoned when developers move on to newer projects. Open documentation allows these tools to become reusable knowledge, and serves to lower entry barriers to research, leading to the emergence of new data and diversification of datasets. Learn more here. Amount: $16,000

Open Science South Asia Network (OSSAN)

Moumita Koley, Pragya Chaube, Gautam Sharma (DST-Centre for Policy, Indian Institute of Sciences Bengaluru)

This event seeks to raise awareness of Open Science practices, policies, and infrastructure, and to build a community of practice within South Asia. Activities include a conference and workshop, which aim to start a dialogue on the need for open science, along with an ideathon to deliberate tangible steps in creating an open research data sharing framework among South Asian countries. Learn more here. Amount: $11,995

Pathways to Open Science with HBCU Research Teams

Ileana Fenwick and Julia Stewart Lowndes (Openscapes)

This virtual event series aims to mentor environmental science researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the US, and to strengthen engagement and community around  open data science. Building on the organizers’ existing collaborations and teaching  experience, HBCU faculty and students will be invited to join three sessions, where they will explore open data science tools, practices, and communities. Learn more here. Amount: $18,170

Re-Mix: Design Workshops for Accessible, Usable, and Inclusive Environmental Data Sets

Michelle Cheripka (Open Environmental Data Project)

Environmental data has the capacity to help communities better understand their environments and advocate for more effective action, but these communities often don’t see themselves in public datasets, are unaware they exist, or have trouble accessing and reusing them beyond their original intent. The Open Environmental Data Project will organize three virtual sessions, where participants, who include community members disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices, will redesign existing environmental datasets. Learn more here. Amount: $16,000

Women in Bioinformatics and Data Science Latin America: Conference and Boot Camp

Ana Julia Velez Rueda and Liliane Conteville (Women in Bioinformatics and Data Science Latin America)

Women in Bioinformatics and Data Science Latin America (WBDS-LA) is a non-profit organization aiming to make visible research carried out by women in Bioinformatics and Data Science fields, and to encourage the formation of collaborative networks between women scientists. WBDS LA offers a free, intensive virtual training camp for early career researchers, undergraduate, and graduate students from marginalized backgrounds who are interested in learning open Bioinformatics and Data Science from scratch. They also host a conference promoting visibility of work conducted by Latin American researchers within these fields. Learn more here. Amount: $16,000

2021 CS&S Event Fund Grantees

Decolonizing Open Science: A Design Sprint for Inclusive Knowledge Infrastructure

Grantee: Leslie Chan (Director, Knowledge Equity Lab)

Aim: As part of efforts towards implementing recommendations by UNESCO’s global consultation on open science, the Knowledge Equity Lab (KEL) at the University of Toronto Scarborough has been conducting a mapping exercise to better understand the implementation challenges of sustaining open knowledge infrastructure faced by regional research communities. Building on the analysis, this event will serve as a venue for ideas about open infrastructure to take root and flourish. We will be inviting participants from diverse communities to co-design concrete, actionable strategies and ways to sustain local and interoperable infrastructures that are free from corporate control and technical standards often imposed by institutions in the global north. We anticipate event outcomes will include a number of use cases, along with potential funding support, partnership and sustainability plans. Learn more here. Amount: $16,768

LA-CoNGA Physics Hackathon: Latinoamerica en Open Data

Grantee: Reina Camacho Toro (Researcher CNRS, France/Deputy coordinator LA-CoNGA Physics)

Aim: During this 4-day hackathon, university students and early career scientists from Latin America will be matched with local companies and institutions to work on a project using physics data. Under the motto “Learn-Build-Innovate-Share”, this hackathon aims to strengthen the academia-industry-society link and to promote the open science and open education principles in the region. LA-CoNGA physics is a consortium that fosters international cooperation among European and Latin American research and academy institutions in advanced physics. We create virtual learning experiences in international collaborative environments supported by open resources and shared infrastructure. Learn more here. Amount: $13,000

Data Umbrella: Contributing to scikit-learn Open Source

Grantee: Reshama Shaikh (Statistician, Founder of Data Umbrella)

Aim: This “sprint” is a hands-on hackathon where participants learn to contribute to scikit-learn, a widely-used Python open source, machine learning library. In June 2021, we hosted a Data Umbrella Latin America scikit-learn sprint where a total of 40 contributors attended from across 9 different countries in Latin America. Read the event report from our prior grant here. This iteration of the sprint will encourage returning contributors from Africa and the Middle East to scikit-learn to foster long-term sustainability. Learn more about the upcoming event here and more about Data Umbrella here. Amount: $5,000

MetaDocencia: An Online Community for Better Teaching

Grantee: Nicolas Palopoli (Core Team member of MetaDocencia, Adjunct Researcher at CONICET & Universidad Nacional de Quilmes)

Aim: MetaDocencia is a non-profit organization that nurtures a community of Spanish-speaking educators by teaching concrete, evidence-based, and student-centered educational methods. We collaboratively develop open, reusable, and accessible resources to foster effective training practices. This event series expands MetaDocencia’s efforts to sustain an inclusive and collaborative community of trainers. A series of events will be held over 15 weeks, including development of new resources and hosting of training workshops to help Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking educators to incorporate technical skills for teaching open, reproducible and effective lessons. Learn more about MetaDocencia here. Amount: $10,000

Empowering Researchers with Skills and Tools in Open Science and Bioinformatics

Grantee: Caleb K. Kibet (Bioinformatics researcher, educator, and Open Science Advocate at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE))
Core Team:
BHKi (bhki.org): Festus Nyasimi, Michael Kofia, David Kiragu, Margaret Wanjiku, Karega Pauline | OpenScienceKE: Kennedy Mwangi

Aim: This series of events includes an open science symposium, bioinformatics workshops, instructor training events, hackathons for collaborative mini-projects, and a conference, with goals of blending open science and bioinformatics and training researchers to conduct open, reproducible, and collaborative science. The project is spearheaded by BHKi and OpenScienceKE in collaboration with H3ABioNet and hosted by the international centre of insect physiology and ecology. We apply the model "sensitize, train, hack and collaborate" to build capacity and create networking opportunities for early career researchers in Kenya and Africa. Find more on Open Science KE here. Amount: $18,779

CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science

Grantee: Marcela Alfaro-Córdoba (Co-chair of Schools for Research Data Science | Teaching Assistant Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz)

Aim: This 10-week short course will bring research data science to a virtual audience, with high participation from Low-to-Middle-Income Countries (LMIC). The primary goal of the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is to teach foundational Data Science skills to Early Career Researchers in LMICs, with a related goal of regionalizing training capacity by growing a community of alumni, instructors, classroom helpers, and hosting institutions. This train-the-trainer approach and growing community of regional instructors reduces the cost of the events for the local hosting institutions and increases the number of events that can be run. Learn more here. Amount: $11,508

MORE: Mentored, Open Research Experiences

Grantee: Claire Gordy (Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University)

Aim: Mentored Open Research Experience (M.O.R.E.) aims to teach technical skills and provide authentic research experiences to students who are negatively impacted by bias selection and often ineligible to apply for federally funded research programs. Ten undergraduate students in the United States will participate in training, code of conduct development, and discussions around open science practices and social aspects of data science. Students will work with faculty mentors and near-peer graduate student mentors to carry out research that bridges biology and data science and share their findings openly. Learn more here. Amount: $16,000

Lessening the Gap: Nurturing Access for Young Researchers in Eastern Indonesia to Analyze Molecular Data

Grantee: Ni Kadek Dita Cahyani (Research Scientist, Yayasan Biodiversitas Indonesia)

Aim: This event is a four-week long course on molecular ecology in Eastern Indonesia, with goals of teaching, increasing inclusivity, and community-building. The course will expose participants with a myriad of tools and online resources to do molecular ecology related research with particular emphasis on analyzing sequence data, creating a phylogenetic tree and being introduced to the R environment for data analysis. Most importantly, the course will act as a networking venue for young and senior researchers involved in the program to nurture future research, exchange ideas and experiences and minimize barriers in scientific understanding.  Learn more here. Amount: $7,500

Evidence Synthesis and Meta-Analysis in R Conference 2022 (ESMARConf2022)

Grantee: Neal Haddaway (Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute)

Aim: This virtual conference will foster multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration in open source tools for conducting rigorous and transparent evidence syntheses. The conference focuses on R as a coding environment, with interactive sessions for researchers wanting to conduct evidence syntheses and meta-analyses. The objective is to stimulate the production, validation and awareness of evidence synthesis technologies, showcasing new and established coding packages as well as providing training in evidence synthesis and package development in R. For ESMARConf2022, we aim to increase accessibility by providing bursaries for care-providers and those working in resource-constrained contexts to support broader attendance. Learn more about the upcoming event here. Amount: $17,000

Empowering Black Data Science Leaders from PhD to Policy - Symposium in the BlackInX Inaugural Conference

Grantee: Samantha Theresa Mensah (PhD Candidate, UCLA Chemistry)

Aim: This series of events is proposed by a group of graduate students from the United States and has three main goals: 1) empower Black data scientists by providing them effective science communication and advocacy tools; 2) demonstrate the importance of conducting scientific outreach with black communities; 3) develop and solidify the network of black scientists to address issues of exclusion in STEM. Learn more here. Amount: $15,000

Data Viz Accessibility Education Event for the #TidyTuesday Twitter Learning Community

Grantee: MiR Community

Aim: The MiR Community seeks to promote the visibility and leadership of R users from marginalized races, genders, and the disabled community through community-led efforts that support professional development. This week-long event hosted by the MiR Community aims to enhance the accessibility of shared visualizations for a wider audience, and increase awareness among data visualization creators of the benefits of these practices using modern tools available within the R programming ecosystem. The event will teach and promote a variety of accessibility practices that can be implemented in the design, creation, and sharing of data visualizations so that data-driven insights can be communicated as inclusively and effectively as possible. Learn more about the MiR Community here. Amount: $10,000

2020 CS&S Event Fund Grantees

Environmental Enforcement Watch: Open Data Science for Environmental Justice

Grantee: Kelsey Breseman

Aim: Introduce participants to data science tools using data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database, help them explore and interpret data relevant to them, and cultivate a community in which they can further develop their skills.

Data Science By Design: Opening Best Practices Through Storytelling

Grantee: Ciera Martinez

Aim: Establish a community of data scientists who leverage creative mediums to convey research practices and results, demonstrating how design principles can advance the inclusivity and diversity of the data science field.

MetaDocencia: Teaching to Teach in Spanish

Core Team: Elio Campitelli; Laura Ación; Nicolás Palopoli; Paola Corrales; Yanina Bellini Saibene

Aim: Teach technical skills relevant to open and reproducible research to build capacity in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

A BVCN Virtual Training Conference - Holistic Bioinformatic Approaches Used in Microbiome Research

Grantee: Benjamin Tully

Aim:  Virtually empowering communities in bioinformatics by equipping them with open and reproducible data analysis skills, that can be developed further on a post-conference platform for sharing best practices in the field.

Culturally Relevant Data Science

Grantee: Natasha Gownaris

Aim: Develop inclusive open data science curricula using NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) data.

Reproducible Silicon Landscapes

Grantee: Stuart Grieve & Fiona Clubb

Aim: Establish a community of practice around reproducible computational research in geomorphology.

Openscapes: Empowering Diverse Open Data Science Leaders

Grantee: Julia Lowndes

Aim: We empower resilient open data science habits, mindsets, and culture in science. Here we’ll be mentoring a cohort of research teams.

Data Umbrella: Contributing to Open Source / scikit-learn

Grantee: Reshama Shaikh

Aim: Increase participation of underrepresented persons in data science, open source, and Python from the regions of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia (Indian sub-continent).

CarpentryConnect South Africa 2021

Grantee: Angelique van Rensburg

Aim: Build capacity for workshops through instructor training and establish a network for the regional Carpentries community.

From Short Courses to the National Bioinformatics Meeting

Grantee: Leonardo Collado Torres

Aim: Increase the diversity of the broader bioinformatics field by teaching computational skills in Spanish and creating a welcoming community for Latin Americans: CDSB + RMB + NNB-UNAM.

DataFest Kampala

Grantee: Neema Iyer on behalf of Pollicy

Aim: Provide workshops and training sessions on data collection, analysis and communication for attendees from underserved groups and communities in African countries.

Open Life Science Training and Mentoring

Grantee: Yo Yehudi on behalf of the Open Life Science team

Aim: Provide structured training and mentoring in Open Data Science to early career scientists.

Expanding Data Science: Open Problem Workshops

Grantee: Beth Duckles

Aim:  Host workshops to enable interdisciplinary conversations between data scientists and non-data science PhDs. During the workshops, attendees will discuss problems facing data science and explore potentials for collaboration.