Day 1 – Open Science trends

Topic: EPFL Vision Open Science

Topic: Transformative Journals & Read & Publish agreements: The view from a small not-for-profit publisher

Bio: Mohammad Bereyhi was born in 1993 in south-west of Iran in Ahvaz. He attended primary and high school in National Organization of Exceptional Talents (NODET). He obtained an EE-Physics double BSc in 2016 with thesis work on “Computational methods for guided and leaky waves in 1D waveguides” from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He continued his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Tobias Kippenberg in the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements (LPQM) at EPFL and obtained his PhD on “Ultra low quantum decoherence nano-optomechanical systems” in 2022. Mohammad Bereyhi is the recipient of a Marie-Curie PhD fellowship (20-16-2020) and the founder of – an online open access nanofabrication knowledge-sharing platform – in the framework of EPFL’s Open Science Initiative.

Abstract: Knowledge is not going to get lost: EPFL’s Open Science project ( creates an archive for sharing micro- and nanofabrication notes. Advanced nanofabrication is ubiquitous in our world: it is used to make modern computer chips, MEMS sensors for handheld devices, and is used to make superconducting quantum circuits, for future quantum computing to name a few. Yet, the science of fabricating such complex circuits is paved with failures and trial and errors.
Within EPFL several laboratories are involved in advanced nano fabrication, such as the laboratory of photonics and quantum measurements that fabricated integrated nanophotonics circuits for the next generation of chip scale frequency combs, and nano-optomechanical systems for quantum optomechanics – a field that studies quantum mechanics of engineered systems for making unprecedentedly sensitive measurements that are only limited by the laws of quantum mechanics. Yet one issue is that very little knowledge is shared about how to make functioning devices, much of it is “tacit” and in the best case documented in an appendix of a thesis. This is exactly what the Open Science initiative wants to change.
Nanofab-net is co-founded by Mohammad Bereyhi (doctoral assistant) and Prof. Tobias Kippenberg (principal investigator) in the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurement (LPQM) in the framework of EPFL’s Open Science initiative in 2019.
The purpose of Nanofab-net is to be an open access archive of short nanofabrication reports that makes it possible to search through tacit knowledge. In addition, Nanofab-net allows the users to upload their notes on their personal space and keep their own note collections as well as publishing them on the platform receiving a citable doi (digital object identifier). The doi is generated by automatically uploading the published articles on Zenodo’s open access servers. Sharing the detailed processes will elicit possible collaborations across the academic world. In addition, Nanofab-net features interactive commenting for each published article. Thus, researchers can share their experience on a topic. This saves time and resources for research groups which are working on a process that has been already tried by a group in another institution.
“Everyone talks about device V20 in their published articles, but the other nineteen failures are often neglected. Nanofab-net allows the researchers to document and share their intermediate steps and the tacit knowledge behind the trials and errors that occurred during process developments.” says Mohammad Bereyhi. Archiving the intermediate steps by researchers allows them to receive a citable doi for future reference in their publications. As a result, the details are not lost and the published results are reproducible using the full detailed processes. strives to be the “arXiv” of nano fabrication. An ambitious goal, that will require a change of mind in the users of advanced nano fabrication.


Topic: Think open, Think future

Bio: Marco Bernasocchi is an open-source advocate, entrepreneur and full-stack geoninja. He is the creator of QField for QGIS, currently serves as Chair, and is an Open Source Geospatial Foundation board member. In his day job, Marco is the CEO of, which he founded in 2011. A geographer by trade, Marco lives in a small Romansh-speaking mountain village in Switzerland, where he loves scrambling around the mountains to enjoy the feeling of freedom it gives him. Outgoing, flexible and open-minded, Marco fluently speaks five languages. The best thing: He not only knows how to say it but also loves sharing his know-how.

Bio: Brian recently completed his PhD at EPFL studying the physics of perovskite solar cells. It was during this time that he developed the idea for Thot. Having watched his colleagues struggle manually organizing and analyzing data using Excel spreadsheets, he thought(!) there must be a better way. He noticed that there are several common trends in peoples’ workflow, so he began to automate those processes. He is now developing the Thot software full time to bring it from lab incubation to a commercialized product.

Product Description: Thot automates data organization and analysis tasks. No more copying and pasting data between spreadsheets, or having to fix errors across data sets. Thot makes browsing and tracking your data easy.
You can add new data or analysis to a project at any time and the results will automatically be incorporated. Thot also makes collaborating easy by providing a common structure to your projects’ organization and analysis.
Talk Abstract: It is easier to collect more data now than ever before. This often leaves researchers swimming in a pool of data, with no way to organize or structure what they’ve collected. Thot provides this structure and utilizes it to automate data organization and analysis. Using Thot, data becomes searchable and accessible both to the original researchers and others. Not only does your data become easily navigable, but so does your analysis, allowing other researchers to easily interpret your research. By embedding the FAIR and open data principles into the heart of Thot, your research automatically becomes more transparent allowing others to benefit as much as possible from your work and insights.

Project Description: To get familiar with the concepts of Thot, we’ll do a short intro to some of its practical concepts, and then get our hands dirty. If you have a dataset you want to play with, you are welcome to bring your
own, otherwise we will provide some toy data for you. We will explore how the underlying structure of Thot projects enables Thot to automate your data organization and analysis, as well as facilitate collaboration and allow others to utilize your research.

Bio: Francesco earned a PhD in Computational Physics from EPFL. After teaching and start-up experiences, since 2018 he is part of the EPFL Research Data Library Team, where he assists researchers, professors and students in Research Data Management best practices, by providing training and advice, and developing support material. Francesco has a personal interest in complex systems, electronic devices, AI and ML for public services.

Bio: Vincenzo is an Information Specialist and member of the training team at the EPFL Library. He gives trainings on several topics (information literacy, citations and copyright basics, academic publishing and more) to different publics, from bachelor students to researchers. Among his professional interests are Open Access, the evolution of the publishing context and tech gadgets.