Wikipedia Science Conference

In partnership with the Wellcome Trust, Wikipedia is hosting a two-day conference, around the intersection of STEM subjects and Wikimedia, on 2nd and 3rd September 2015. This is prompted by the growing interest in Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons, and other Wikimedia projects as platforms for opening up the scientific process.


  • Researchers and educators in STEM subjects
  • Science communicators
  • Librarians & other information professionals
  • Managers & funders of research
  • Wikipedia/ Wikimedia volunteers and staff

Wikimedia UK's Friendly space policy will apply at the event and there will be trusted individuals on hand with whom you can raise any related issues.


  • Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects (including Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons...) as platforms for promoting informed public discussion of scientific topics (acknowledging that the public have a curiosity about all sorts of scientific topics, and overwhelmingly use Wikipedia as a starting point to self-educate).
  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for research, including citizen science (e.g. the Research portal).
  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as models for scientific publishing (including Wiki-to-Journal publication, Journal-to-Wiki publication, adding OA paper text to Wikipedia, altmetrics, machine-extraction of data from published research, open bibliographic data, data citation, crowdsourced enhancement of scholarly databases, integration of Wikipedia with open/free services such as Figshare, ORCID, Flickr...)
  • Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia as platforms for scientific education.
  • Under-represented groups in STEM subjects: is Wikipedia reinforcing stereotypes or providing role models? What is being done?

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