GW4 Open Research Prize 2023

Welcome to all information relating to the 2023 GW4 Open Research Prize awards


The University of Bristol Library Service, collaborating with GW4 Libraries, with the support of Marcus Munafo (Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Culture) and the GW4 Alliance, are this year running the GW4 Open Research Prize, during GW4 Open Research Week. The University of Bristol has run an Open Research Prize since 2021.

The GW4 Open Research Prize 2023 has been open to submissions from all researchers (including postgraduate research students), in all disciplines, across the GW4 Alliance universities of GW4 Alliance universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

All submissions are now closed

A prize of £250 will be awarded in each of the following four categories:

  1. Widening Reach Prize - Demonstrates the listed open research practices with wider reach potential, including re-use, improving public value and/or innovation.
  2. Improving Quality Prize - Demonstrates the listed open research practices that increase the quality of study design and/or research findings.
  3. Poster session Prize - Provide an A2 digital poster, demonstrates one or more of the listed open research practices.
  4. GW4 Early Career Publishing Prize - See Early Career Publishing Prize for more details


(times are GMT) 

13:00   Marcus Munafo
Start and introduction

13:10   Neil Jacobs
UKRN/GW4 Train the Trainer follow-up linking trainees to local events and the UKRN network

13:20   Presentations (up to 8min pre-recorded video presentation + 2 min Q&A each) 

13:20 - 13:30  Xinran Du (University of Exeter) - ORCID iD
“Open Science practices benefit researchers and community” for Widening Reach

13:30 - 13:40  Alison Harper (University of Exeter) - ORCID iD
“A free and open-source simulation tool for orthopaedic elective services planning” for Widening Reach and Improving Quality

13:40 - 13:50  Eoin Cremen (University of Bath) - ORCID iD
“The influence of AI advice on decision-making strategies in a hypothesis testing task” for Widening Reach

13:50 - 14:00  Sarah Scaife (University of Exeter with the University of Bristol) - ORCID iD
“And you’ve asked me to think about medicine” for Widening Reach

14:00 - 14:10  Break 1 – Poster Prize submissions will be displayed during this

14:10 - 14:20  Matt Lloyd Jones (University of Exeter) - ORCID iD
“Exploring the potential of using simulation games for engaging with sheep farmers about lameness recognition” for Widening Reach and Improving Quality

14:20 - 14:30  Rebecca Padget (University of Exeter) - ORCID iD
“Guppies in large groups cooperate more frequently in an experimental test of the group size paradox” for Improving Quality

14:30 - 14:40  Karla Holmboe (University of Bristol) - ORCID iD
“Open Developmental Science in Practice” for Improving Quality

14:40 - 14:50  Katie Young - ORCID iD, Pedro Cardoso - ORCID iD, Laura Guedemann - ORCID iD, Rhian Hopkins - ORCID iD (all University of Exeter)
“Improving reproducibility and transparency of diabetes research with electronic health care records” for Widening Reach and Improving Quality

14:50 - 15:00  Break 2 – Poster Prize submissions will be displayed during this 

15:00 - 15:05 Kirsty Merrett
Expansion to GW4 and introduction of new categories of Poster and Early Career Publishing Prize

15:05 - 15:10  Brief Q&A with Poster entries (1 or 2 minutes each)

15:06 - 15:08 Leona Zijie Huang (University of Bristol) - ORCID iD
“Autonomous Bus Ethical Decision-making for Moral Dilemmas” for Poster Prize

15:08 - 15:10 Eoin Cremen (University of Bath) - ORCID iD
“The influence of AI advice on decision-making strategies in a hypothesis testing task” for Poster Prize

15:10 - 15:15 Victoria Pittman, Bristol University Press
Early Career Publishing Prize introduction

15:15 - 15:20  Suzy Cheeke
Early Career Publishing Prize rationale, announcement and presentation

15:20 - 15:25  Early Career Publishing Prize winner speech (optional)

15:25 - 15:35  Voting break - Categories 1, 2, 3  audience vote via online poll

15:35 - 15:45  Neil Jacobs
Center for Open Science: Theory of Change and Rewards for Open Research?

15:45 - 15:50  Marcus Munafo
Open Research Prizes announcement and presentation

(Category 1) Widening Reach
(Category 2) Improving Quality
(Category 3) Poster Prize

15:50 - 16:00  Marcus Munafo
Closing remarks

16:00 - End

Previous Open Research prizes

Open Research Prize 2021

Open Research Prize 2022

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