31 July | Training Webinar

Stand Out Skills: Open Data in Materials 4.0

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31 July 2024
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10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Stand Out Skills is a webinar series for early career researchers working in materials science disciplines. Hosted by experts, each episode explores presentation, communication, or career skills for researchers which aren’t normally taught as a part of established education pathways for materials scientists.

The Stand Out Skills webinars offer you the opportunity to learn a host of new abilities that complement your research career, including how to build your own research website, improve your academic CV and utilise new technologies to present your work more effectively.

The series will support your early career journey and help you to build a repertoire of valuable new skills to distinguish yourself and thrive in your research community.


Open data has been a fixture of life sciences for over two decades now, with it now being routine to make research data publicly available. A similar effort is now being made in materials science, with Royce’s Materials 4.0 roadmap and other activities looking to address this gap. This digitisation of materials data through open access, digital twins and lab automation is becoming ever more prevalent, but what does it mean for you as a PhD researcher?

Royce data curator, Stephen Pryce will address the question “what is Open Data?” while exploring benefits to scientific progress, the public, and individual researchers.  He will showcase the existing successes of open data through materials case studies. Following this, Stephen will provide information about open data policy for government-funded research; how researchers can comply with this and share their data.  Finally, Stephen will explore the obstacles between current practices and achieving the successful adoption of a cultural shift towards open data.  The seminar will include a live demonstration for uploading datasets to the Zenodo open-access repository. There will also be time allocated for a Q&A session and further resources.


Stephen Pryce holds a BSc in Experimental Psychology and an MSc in Applied Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol with a heavy focus on statistical analysis of data.  He has worked in HE Data Analytics for the past three years with posts at the University of Oxford, University of Winchester and University of West London.  Now, as Data Curator (cultural focus) at the Henry Royce Institute, Stephen is tasked with advocating for open data practices, simplifying the process for researchers to comply with public funding policy, and enabling an effective transition to best data practices.