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    News 2023-03-08

    Success Story: Open Life Science (OLS) Mentoring and Training

    Thanks in part to EOSC-Life funding, OLS has helped individuals develop and lead more than 175 Open Research projects in their communities!

    The Open Life Science proposal to develop training opportunities for the EOSC-Life community was granted in late 2020 as part of 1st EOSC-Life Training Open Call.

    At the time, the RIs involved, ELIXIR and Open Life Science, did not know how much of a difference this EOSC-Life funding would make!

    Open Life Science (OLS) Training is a 16-week long personal mentorship and cohort-based training that was created individuals who would like to develop and lead Open Research projects in their communities.

    From the beginning to the (current) 7th cohort, OLS has involved:

    • 274 mentees on 176 projects
    • 106 mentors
    • 155 experts
    • 11 facilitators

    This training allows participants to:

    • share their expertise and gain knowledge essential to create, lead, and sustain an Open Science project;
    • connect with members across different projects, communities, backgrounds, and identities; and
    • empower each other to become effective Open Science ambassadors in their communities.


    Yo Yehudi, OLS representative, remarked that the funding from EOSC-Life made an incredible difference in the training programme. Before funding was available, mentors could only be involved on a volunteer basis, and the EOSC-Life funding gave OLS the chance to involve (more) hosts and mentors more deeply and effectively.

    She also noted that being able to financially compensate mentors for their time had long-lasting effects in their personal lives as well. One of the nicest stories shared was that a mentor living in Africa was able to send his sister to school as a result of his mentoring side job!

    EOSC-Life provided the kick-start for this training programme, but OLS is still alive and going strong.

    Check out the following sustainable resources:

    Access our lessons via the OLS YouTube Videos
    Check out our OLS YouTube Channel
    Follow us on LinkedIn
    OLS Blog: Read exciting stories from our programme
    OLS map: See our cohorts
    OLS community page: Join and benefit from our community

    For more information, please contact the OLS team ( or join their public mailing list to receive updates.

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