Open Science

My engagement with the Open Science movement started during my time as PhD student at the University of Cambridge. What was initially simply an interest in learning about reproducible workflows and high-quality data curation eventually grew into a passion for promoting such practices both nationally and internationally. This follows from the conviction that a healthy research culture has its origins in rigorous science and vice versa. My current focus in this area is the Universal Funders Policy on Open Deposition of Publication-Associated Records, co-authored by Prof Chris Chambers (Cardiff University) and myself, and now a formal initiative supported by the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN). I have contributed the following pieces to explain the need for this policy and how it fits into the wider Open Science framework:

Other activities

Invited talks

The Symposium for Biological and Life Sciences Students (SymBLS), University of Cambridge. Keynote Speaker: “Why and how to ‘Open Science’ as a young researcher”, 19 November 2021

FEBS 2021 Special Session on Research and Career Skills – Assessment of Research and Researchers: “Scientific impact and the quest for visibility”, 4 July 2021

Edinburgh ReproducibiliTEA: “The selfish guide to RSpace: why and how”, 16 April 2021 –

UKRN Annual Meeting 2021: “Universal Funders Policy”, 5 March 2021

Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Newcastle University, Research in Progress Seminar: “A push for research culture change: an ECR’s story of why and how”

UCL’s Webinar on “Wellcome policy on alignment with DORA”, 16 December 2020

CESAER’s Openness and Commercialisation (with RSpace CEO Rory Macneil): “RSpace: An electronic lab notebook architected to both support open science and protect IP for commercialisation”, 4 December 2020 –


Madsen, R.R. Mandate and reward open research records. Nature 2020, 586, 7828.

Madsen, R.R. Scientific impact and the quest for visibility. FEBS J. 2019, 286, pp. 3968-3974.

Contribution to: Towards widespread Open Research: insights from Cambridge Data Champions and beyond


During my postdoc at the University of Edinburgh, I organised one-day research integrity event “FAIR Science: tricky problems and creative solutions” (4 June 2019). Sponsored by the UK Biochemical Society and the Institute for Academic Development (University of Edinburgh), the event was attended by approximately 100 people, ranging from students to senior PIs, and has led to the nucleation of a local network of Open Science champions. Additional information about the event, including access to talks, can be found on: