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FASEB's Yvette Seger Appointed to Center for Open Science Board of Directors

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Yvette Seger, PhD, FASEB's Director of Science Policy, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, and Director of Strategic Scientific Program Advancement, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Center for Open Science (COS). COS is a nonprofit culture change organization with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.

Seger brings impressive experience and strategic leadership across a range of areas that aligns well with COS’s mission, vision, and activities, including policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation.

“As a close follower of the Center for Open Science’s work, I am honored to join its Board of Directors and help further its mission to promote open science practices in the research community, particularly across the biological and biomedical research community represented by FASEB,” says Seger.

A geneticist by training, Seger tracks critical science policy and regulatory actions affecting biological and biomedical research and ensures FASEB policy recommendations evolve in tandem with rapidly advancing science and technology. She applies her policy acumen to the development and implementation of two multi-million-dollar strategic investments: FASEB DataWorks! and the FASEB Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Program. Launched in September 2021, FASEB DataWorks! seeks to bring the biological and biomedical research communities together to advance human health through data sharing and reuse. Through FASEB’s DEAI program, she is leading the first of its kind to provide diversity and inclusivity programs for working scientists throughout the life sciences.

Seger has spearheaded community discussions and recommendations to enhance research rigor and reproducibility in the biological and biomedical sciences and has been a long-time proponent of open scholarship. Her contributions to the open scholarship community include co-chairing the Alliance for Open Scholarship, a cohort of societies and associations collaborating to promote a culture of open research, and serving as an ex officio member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science.

All of Seger’s experience and current efforts are especially relevant for COS, as the organization seeks to enhance its support of the biological and biomedical sciences communities and continue its policy advocacy and implementation efforts, particularly in light of catalyzing policy change initiatives such as the recent OSTP Memo, etc.

“COS has already done considerable work to ensure that its infrastructure, training, policy, and research efforts are aligned and prepared to support specific open science policy requirements. Yet, the opportunity to support further policy implementation required to fully realize the promise of global policy initiatives is significant,” said Alison Mudditt, COS’s Board Chair. “Yvette brings a wealth and diversity of expertise to these critical priorities, and we are all looking forward to her contributions to enhance openness, integrity, and reproducibility in science.”