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The 2020 AoBP ECOS Awards

Elise Gornish, Chris Muir and Larry York are the 2020 recipents of the AoBP ECOS Awards

The mission of AoBP is to provide an outlet for plant-focused research free from the biases that affect much of scientific publishing. A major part of achieving this mission is in our promotion of open science practices. We are an open access journal. However, we believe open science is about much more than just making scientific results available to everyone. It is about making the process of science itself available to everyone. That is why earlier this year we launched the AoBP Early Career Open Science (ECOS) Awards.

Open science is about far more than just open access or open source; it is about making the whole scientific ecosystem available to all.

The ECOS awards promote and celebrate individuals who are changing science for the better. People who are willing to go against the grain of hype-driven science. Willing to resist cynical citation-chasing. Willing to share their data, code and ideas. Willing to stand up for those who have been historically excluded or mistreated in science. Willing to publish negative results. Willing to promote others who respect these things.

Our 2020 AoBP ECOS Award winners, Chris Muir (left), Larry York (centre) and Elise Gornish with her daughter Vega (right).

Many outstanding early-career scientists applied for the inaugural ECOS awards. After much deliberation by our judging panel, three talented individuals were unanimously chosen as this year’s recipients. We congratulate Chris Muir (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), Elise Gornish (The University of Arizona) and Larry York (Noble Research Institute) on this fantastic achievement. The AoBP ECOS awards reflect the exemplary efforts that these three scientists have made to conduct and promote open science. We hope that you will join us in congratulating Chris, Elise and Larry. Keep your eyes peeled for our forthcoming blog posts on Botany One over the next two weeks, which will highlight each of their outstanding contributions to open science.

In the meantime, all three awardees are regularly active on Twitter and you can follow them using the links below:

William Salter

William (Tam) Salter is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Institute of Agriculture at the University of Sydney. He has a bachelor degree in Ecological Science (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in plant ecophysiology from the University of Sydney. Tam is interested in the identification and elucidation of plant traits that could be useful for ecosystem resilience and future food security under global environmental change. He is also very interested in effective scientific communication.

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