Bridge gaps in open science advocacy and adoption through workshops and local communities of practice


RN represented across Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa with nearly 20 national RN established globally


Engage directly with grassroots researchers and institutions to promote best practices


Open Science is growing from being a movement for promoting best research practices to becoming a required global standard for quality, collaborative, transparent, and reliable research.

Our goal at AREN is to help researchers and institutions in Africa meet this increasing demand. A major way we do this is through a network of local communities established at universities and research institutes that coordinate and collaborate at the local, national and international level to promote best research practices.

We believe institutions with local networks are better placed to establish and implement open science policies and infrastructure due to an existing local community which already promotes and supports such principles and practices.

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Evidence-based Solutions

We seek to understand the factors that contribute to poor research reproducibility and replicability, and develop approaches to counter these, in order to improve the trustworthiness and quality of research.

These issues affect all disciplines, so we aim for broad disciplinary representation. We believe that ongoing efforts to address these issues represent an opportunity to improve our research by reforming culture and practice.

Researcher Engagement
Surveys and discussions with researchers help identify existing problems within the academic research system that hinder open and reproducible research
Gathered evidence provides the foundation for collaborative efforts towards developing solutions applicable within local contexts

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Local Networks

Local communities are key to ensuring best research practices are supported and become normative within local research ecosystems

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