The Barcamp format brings together both novices and experts in Open Science. Its open format supports lively discussions, development of new ideas, and knowledge exchange amongst peers; from participants who already use open ways of working and people relatively new to OS.

Satellite event of the National Open Science Festival

This Barcamp will take place the day before the 2024 edition of the Netherlands National Open Science Festival in Maastricht, based on the successful Open Science Barcamp in Germany, that has been a Satellite Event of the Berlin Open Science Conference for a decade now.

Like the Open Science Festival, participation in the Barcamp is open for all, and free of charge. You don’t have to attend the Festival in order to register for the Barcamp. Places are limited to 100 participants max. The Barcamp is organised by the network of bottom up Open Science Communities OSC-NL with financial aid from the OpenScienceNL meeting fund.

Where and when

The Open Science Barcamp will take place on the 21st of October in the School of Business and Economics (SBE) aan de Tongersestraat 53 6211 LM in Maastricht, the same venue where the National Open Science Festival 2024 will take place the next day.

How to register

You can register for this satellite event via the registration portal of the National Open Science Festival, also if you not plan to attend the Festival itself:


Impression of the unconference style sessions during the open science retreat we organised earlier this year

What is a Barcamp?

A Barcamp is an all-day-long event with no predetermined program – the topics of all sessions are determined on the spot: ‘unconference‘ style. The venue consists of one big plenary room and several smaller break-out rooms. During the plenary sessions, anyone can grab the mic and propose a topic for a break-out session. Next, you can join any of those break-out sessions and get to work!

Break-out sessions can have any format:

  • discussion groups (e.g. ‘the perfect publishing system’)
  • knowledge sessions (e.g. ‘how to make your data FAIR’)
  • practical sessions like hack-a-tons (e.g. ‘Let’s make a new tool on the spot!’)

or any other format that you can think of. Anything goes as long as you stay within the strict time limit of 40 minutes per session. However, you also propose a follow-up a session in the next round. We give participants the opportunity to put their session ideas in a note pad in the weeks leading up to the Barcamp, so they can already prepare/merge some of them beforehand.

Draft programme

10:30 – 11:00 Registration and Coffee
11:00 – 11:30 Welcome & Introduction
11:30 – 12:00 Session-Pitches Round I and II //Session Planning
12:00 – 12:45 lunch break
12:45 – 13:30 Sessions Round I
13:30 – 13:45 Short Break
13:45 – 14:30 Sessions Round II
14:30 – 15:00 Session-Pitches Round III and IV // Session Planning Update
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Sessions Round III
16:15 – 17:00 Sessions Round IV
17:00 – 17:30 Wrap-up
17:30 – 19:00 Pizza 🍕

Become a member!

The Barcamp is one of the events organised by the bottom up network of open science communities, for members and others to (re)connect and build their network. Not an OSC member yet?
🇳🇱 click here to become a member of your local OSC 🇳🇱