Lunch & Learn Open Science


The monthly Lunch & Learn series offers UZH members a brief insight into various aspects of Open Science.

The events take place online on Zoom during lunch. They always start with a half-hour input presentation at 12:30 p.m. and close with an open Q&A session until about 1:30 p.m.. The presentation can be downloaded from this page after each event.

Here you can register for individual events.


An overview of all events can be found in our programme (PDF, 1 MB) and the course booking tool. The presentations can be downloaded in the overview below after each event.

07.11.22 – Sensitive data in the Social Sciences and Humanities

On the 7th of November, Alexandra Stam and Pablo Diaz (FORS) will present on the topic of "Sensitive data in the Social Sciences and Humanities". The purpose of this presentation is to introduce researchers to the issue of sensitive data and its management. Sensitive data are, in the eyes of the law, a special category of data whose processing is subject to strict rules and principles. Alexandra Stam and Pablo Diaz will therefore briefly present the legal framework governing the processing of sensitive data at the Swiss level. They will then consider informed consent, anonymisation and access control as central practices that allow for the processing and the sharing of sensitive data in the context of Open Data.

[Download the slides (PDF, 2 MB)]

08.12.22 – Wie gründe ich eine Open Access Zeitschrift?

Am Anlass vom 08. Dezember 2022 präsentieren Margit Dellatorre (Universitätsbibliothek, UZH) zum Thema "Wie gründe ich eine Open Access Zeitschrift?". In dieser Lunch & Learn Session erfahren Sie, woran Sie denken sollten, wenn Sie eine Open Access-Zeitschrift lancieren möchten. Was sind die ersten Schritte? Wie gelingt die Administration der Zeitschrift? Wie läuft die Qualitätssicherung ab? Unter welcher Lizenz sollen die Artikel publiziert werden? Welche technische Infrastruktur wird benötigt und wo soll diese gehostet werden? Wie finanziert sich die Zeitschrift?


Slides of past events

27.10.22 – Dealing with Image Rights in Publishing

On the 27th of October, Suzanna Marazza and Anna Schwendener (CCDigitalLaw) will present on the topic of "Dealing with Image Rights in Publishing".

Using images in research can be a real headache: the main issues that may arise are related to copyright and data protection. This workshop, based on practical examples, aims at understanding the possible obstacles that may occur, at answering some questions such as “how is the researcher allowed to re-publish a copyrighted image?”, “when is an image anonymized?”, “can a Creative Commons license be used to share an image of identifiable people?”, and eventually at finding possible solutions for publishing.

Download theslides (PDF, 2 MB).

27.09.22 – Promoting my own research with altmetrics (in German)

Am 27. September widmet sich Sabine Klein (Universitätsbibliothek UZH) dem Bereich der alternativen Metriken (Vortrag auf Deutsch).

Zitierungen oder h-Index werden erst Jahre nach Publikationen in Fachzeitschriften erfasst. Jüngere Forschende können ihre Leistung mit diesen Indikatoren kaum ausdrücken. Auch wartet man nicht mehr, bis ein Artikel in einer gedruckten Zeitschrift erschienen ist, sondern teilt ihn gleich nach der Online-Publikation in verschiedenen Netzwerken. Hier setzen neue, alternative Metriken (Altmetrics) an: Sie erfassen die unmittelbare Diskussion von Forschungsergebnissen in den (sozialen) Medien und erlauben den Forschenden zu verfolgen, wer, wo und wie über ihre Publikationen spricht. In dieser Lunch&Learn-Veranstaltung geben wir darüber einen Einblick.

Folien herunterladen.

29.08.22 – Rights Retention Strategy

On the 29th of August, Ross Mounce (Director of Open Access Programmes, Arcadia Fund) will present on the topic of the "Rights Retention Strategy". The RRS is a strategy offered by cOAlition S - a group of funding agencies that want to accelerate the transition to Open Access of scientific publications. Together, they set up 10 principles that form part of Plan S. One of these principles states that authors or their institutions are required to retain copyright of their publications. With the Rights Retention Strategy, authors are given a practical way to implement this principle when publishing. But how does this play out in reality and what challenges do authors face? This talk provides background information on the RRS and will highlight the success of the strategy for grantees of cOAlition S members.


Download the slides.

08.06.22 – Open Access: Why, when and how?

On the 8th of June, Torsten Hothorn (EBPI, UZH, SNF Open Access Ambassador) will present on the topic of "Open Access: Why, When, and How?". Open Access publishing, that is the publication of scientific research output without associated monetary costs for readers, gained substantial momentum over the last two decades. We will discuss the roots of this development in the 1990ies, how it fits (or doesn't fit) into the classical publishing business and its envisioned impact on society. On a more practical level, current SNF policies will be briefly reviewed.


Download the slides (PDF, 8 MB)

11.05.22 – HI-FRAME – Measure what really matters: a framework for Open Science professorial hiring

On the 11th of May, Mihaela Falub and Karin Gilland Lutz (Office Gender Equality and Diversity UZH) will present on the topic of "HI-FRAME – Measure what really matters: a framework for Open Science professorial hiring". HI-FRAME is a project that promotes Open Science culture change and contributes to the implementation of the UZH Open Science Policy, as well as to UZH’s commitment to the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA) in the area of professorial hiring. From spring 2022, we will start to pilot a new hiring framework that includes Open Science practices in professorial hiring processes in several UZH faculties.
(HI-FRAME is funded by the federal program P-5 Open Science. – Project homepage:


Download the slides (PDF, 686 KB)

06.04.22 – Open and FAIR data

Open Research Data has become a requirement mandated or expected by lots of funding agencies, research institutions and publishers. All data resulting from a research project should be uploaded on a public data repository and be FAIR. But what does that mean for the individual researcher? What about sensitive data, like patient records? and why is open data sharing so important for science? We will discuss those and more questions.

Lecturer: Rachel Heyard (UZH)

Download the slides (PDF, 1010 KB)

31.03.22 – Funder requirements and publishers' conditions

What is the difference between the role of the right holder and that of the author?, What are the different legal implications on these subjects of a publishing contract and of a license to publish?, Am I allowed to publish a version of my paper on the institutional repository before the end of the embargo? Which provision of the contract may I negotiate?
The goal of this workshop is to give a very brief overview of copyright, answer these and other questions related to the interests of the funders, interests of the publishers and possible conflicts between them and the author/researcher and eventually to find possible solutions.

Lecturer: Suzanna Marazza and Anna Schwendener (CCDigitalLaw)


Download the slides (PDF, 2 MB)

25.02.22 – Die UZH in der Open-Science World: Von der Policy zum Kulturwandel

Sie erfahren, wie die Open-Science-Policy der UZH entstanden ist, und wie es nun weiter gehen soll. Zuerst schauen wir die Resultate und Learnings aus der OS-Policy-Umfrage an. Darauf aufbauend werden wir mögliche, zukünftige Massnahmen diskutieren, die Forschenden helfen können, Open Science in der Praxis anzuwenden.

Leitung: Manuela Höfler und Katherine Hermans (Open Science Geschäftsstelle, UZH)


Präsentation herunterladen (PDF, 1 MB)