FAIRsFAIR & EOSC Synergy Data Steward Instructor Training Workshops
29 November 2021 to 06 December 2021

FAIRsFAIR and EOSC Synergy will deliver two data steward instructor training workshops over the weeks of November 29th and December 6th. The purpose of these workshops is to support the development of data stewardship skills among staff in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and other research performing organisations. A key aim of each workshop is to empower those new to the role and to help foster a network of peers where best practices are exchanged and those with more experience can share their knowledge with those just getting started.


During each workshop the following topics will be covered: 

  • Introduction to FAIR, Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science;
  • Tools to assess awareness of the FAIR principles;
  • Data Management Planning;
  • Understanding Responsible and Open Research;
  • Assessing and planning levels of RDM service provision;
  • Pedagogy in the context of teaching the above and related topics;

A preliminary programme can be found here and information from previous training workshops can be read here. The workshops will be run remotely using a combination of webinars and team-based activities. 

Attendee profile

These sessions are primarily targeted to professionals working in research data support roles in Higher Education or Research Institutions or individuals with a research background considering a change to a data support role. This can include individuals working directly with a research team with a deep background in a research discipline or someone working at an institutional level with a broader background. Applications from individuals who have recently started work in this area and are looking to expand their network are prioritised.


Applications from all regions to attend the workshops are accepted with an emphasis on applicants from Europe. Each workshop will be run on three half days over the duration of a week. Successful applicants must commit to attending all of the sessions for the workshop they are assigned to. The two workshops have the following start times

November 29th, December 1st, 3rd  - 09:00 UTC (Programme)


December 6th, 8th, 10th - 12:00 UTC (Programme)


Each workshop will have a maximum of 40 attendees. There is no registration fee. English will be the written and spoken language of the workshops. The following technology platforms will be used - Zoom, Google Drive (account required), Menti. The fairdataforum.org will be used to facilitate communication between trainers and participants during and after the event  which requires pre-event registration.  


Please complete the application form here by Oct 15th at 23:59 UTC.

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will be selected for 

  • Matching the above profile;
  • Demonstrating motivation to attend;
  • Demonstrating a willingness to data stewardship after the workshop to their own institution and to work with other colleagues

Each cohort is expected to be geographically diverse. Hence only one applicant per institution will be accepted. Likewise the emphasis will be on having applicants from as wide a range of countries as possible.



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