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IAA-CSIC Severo Ochoa SKA Open Science School

Granada. 8th-10th May 2023



The First SKA Open Science School will be held in Granada, from Monday, May 8th, to Wednesday May 10th, 2023. The school is organised under the IAA-CSIC Severo Ochoa Program and it is endorsed by the SKA regional centre partner training programme. It will be a hybrid event that will allow remote participation to make it more inclusive, sustainable and accessible to the global astronomy community.

SKA will be a world-leading facility and as such it aims to follow and lead best practices in scientific integrity such as those promoted by the Open Science movement. The concept of Open Science facilitates reproducibility of scientific studies by making data and methods more accessible, understandable and reusable. Furthermore, Open Science contributes to democratising information and to reducing inequalities in the access to infrastructures, hence impacting areas related to some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Open Science is rooted in SKA’s foundational principles and the reproducibility of SKA science data products is one of the Observatory metrics for scientific success. The SKA Regional Center Network (SRCNet) will play a key role enabling big scientific collaborations and it will provide the framework to implement SKA Open Science policies. 

The school will provide a general overview of different aspects of Open Science and how it is connected to collaborative and sharing practices that are encouraged by the SKA Observatory.

This school brings an opportunity to anyone from the astronomy and the SRCNet community to have a complete and detailed view of Open Science policies, tools, as well as the ongoing activities related to Open Science at the SKAO and the SRCNet. International experts will provide a detailed and updated view on each of the school topics, and lectures as well as tutorials and hands-on sessions will facilitate our understanding from a practical point of view, encouraging questions and discussion.

Confirmed tutors

  • Alexander Jensenius, University of Oslo.

  • Eva Méndez, University Carlos III of Madrid.

  • Javier Moldón, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía.

  • Jesús Salgado, SKAO.

  • John Swinbank, ASTRON.

  • Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía.

  • Manuel Parra, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía.

  • Mohammad Akhlaghi, Center for Physics Studies of the Cosmos of Aragon.

  • Pablo García, University of Granada.

  • Rachael Ainsworth, University of Manchester.

  • Roberto Di Cosmo, Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Numérique.

  • Stephen Serjeant, The Open University.

  • Philippa Hartley, SKAO

  • Mattia Vaccari, University of Cape Town



  • Tao An, SHAO (China)

  • Shari Breen, SKAO

  • Oscar Corcho, UPM (Spain)

  • William Garnier, SKAO

  • Julián Garrido (Chair), IAA-CSIC (Spain)

  • Philippa Hartley, SKAO

  • Karen Lee-Waddell, UWA (Australia)

  • Marcella Massardi, INAF (Italy)

  • Susana Sánchez, IAA-CSIC (Spain)

  • Russ Taylor, IDIA (South Africa)

  • Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (IAA-CSIC, Spain)


  • Laura Darriba (Chair), IAA-CSIC

  • Manuel González, IAA-CSIC

  • Yrene Jiménez, IAA-CSIC

  • Alicia Pelegrina , IAA-CSIC

  • Marcos Villaverde, IAA-CSIC


  • What is Open Science?

  • How does Open Science benefit society and science itself?

  • As a senior researcher, how do my individual research and collaborations benefit from Open Science practices? And, as a PhD student? As an engineer, will I need to update existing services to align with Open Science policies?

  • Which tools can I use to follow Open Science principles?

  • Is this good for my CV? Will it be acknowledged in the research assessment system? How can I capture these merits in my CV?

  • Will everyone be following Open Science principles in 10 years from now? How would we expect it to change science?

  • How will SKAO and the SKA Regional Centres contribute to enable best practices in Open Science?

Structure of the School

From Monday 8th to wednesday 10th May 2023.​ From 9 A.M to 5:30 P.M 



May 8th, Monday

8:15 - Registration

9:00 - Welcome

9:05 - Opening

Isabel Márquez, Director of the Severo Ochoa Program at IAA-CSIC

Isabel Díaz, Deputy Vice President of International Affairs and Cooperation in CSIC.

Nacho Blanquer, Collaborator of the General Secretariat for Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation

9:35 - Introductory talk: Why Open Science?. Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

10:20 - The SKA and its Regional Centres, Open Science perspective. Philippa Hartley

11:00 - Coffee break

11:30 - European Open Policies overview and beyond Open Science. Eva Méndez

12:15 - African perspective in Open Science. Mattia Vaccari

13:00 - Lunch break

14:30 - Software Heritage. Roberto Di Cosmo

15:45 - Coffee break

16:15 - The Virtual Observatory. Jesús Salgado

May 9th, Tuesday

May 10th, Wednesday



How to register?

This School will be an hybrid event, allowing both in-person and remote participation. The closure of the application period is April 19th (extended deadline). You will be informed whether you have been accepted. and the payment of the fee should then be made within 7 days after receiving the acceptance. Early applications will be prioritised although acceptance criteria include gender and geographical balance to favour equity.

The maximum number for on-site participants is 70.

In order to register,  you must fill in the mandatory fields in the application form. Once you have been accepted you will receive an electronic invoice to confirm your registration. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Registration fee

The registration for on-site participation is closed. The registration fee for virtual participation is 50 euros.


Important dates

  • Opening of the application period: February, 2nd

  • Closure of the application period: Monday, April 19th (extended deadline)

  • Meeting: from May 8th to 10th, 2023

Code of conduct

The IAA-CSIC has a code of behaviour that all registered participants are encouraged to read and need to abide by. For any issue concerning this code, contact Alicia Pelegrina or Manuel González. More information



The Meeting will take place at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía headquarters (IAA-CSIC), Glorieta de la Astronomía s/n, 18008 Granada. The IAA-CSIC is located 15 minutes walk from the city centre, and can be reached by bus lines S2, S0, 11 and 9.

How to get Granada?


Federico García Lorca Airport (GRANADA)
Federico García Lorca Airport is currently connected by six daily flights to Madrid and three daily flights to Barcelona. It is located 15km from the city centre, with buses to and from each flight.
Check here all airlines connections with Granada.

Pablo Picasso Airport (MALAGA)
The Pablo Picasso International Airport is located approximately 130km from Granada, connected to every European city with regular daily flights and can be reached in just over one hour by car or bus
A direct bus to Granada leaves directly from the terminal.  
information on buses from/to airports Granada and Málaga:


Granada can be reached by high speed trains  and medium distance trains.

For information, timetables and destinations see:


Granada can be easily reached by bus.  For information, timetables and destinations see:

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The organisers acknowledge financial support from the State Agency for Research of the Spanish MCIU through the "Center of Excellence Severo Ochoa" award for the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (grant CEX2021-001131-S 10.13039/501100011033), from the SKAO Observatory and from the MCIN which funds the coordination to the participation in SKA-ESPAÑA

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