Imagining Tomorrow’s University

Imagining Tomorrow's University

Rethinking scholarship, education, and institutions for an open, networked era

A report on the workshop has been published as "Katz DS, Allen G, Barba LA et al. The principles of tomorrow's university [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. F1000Research 2018, 7:1926 ("

March 8 (evening) - March 9 (day), 2017
Big 10 Conference Center
Rosemont, IL

In the 21st Century, research is increasingly data- and computation-driven. Partly due to this trend, researchers, funders, and the larger community today emphasize openness and reproducibility.

"Imagining Tomorrow's University" is an NIH- and NSF-funded one-day, invitation-only workshop where researchers who practice open science and key university administrators will come together to start a new dialog.

The research world has changed, and the university needs to change too—but how? How should it adapt its structure, mission, infrastructure, education, recruitment plans, etc.? Do we need new educational programs? New disciplines or new departments? How can universities recognize the value in new types of research outputs, such as software and data? Does research staffing need to change? Do research data engineers or research software engineers have a place? What are different measures of success for faculty active in open science/open research?

The crucial question is: how do universities make themselves competitive to attract the best students, staff, and faculty in this new world? The workshop participants are summoned to reimagine scholarship, education, and institutions for an open, networked era. As a result, university leaders will be awakened to new opportunities to create value and serve society.

The output of this workshop is envisioned to be a set of principles for how universities can thrive in the new world.

In advance of the workshop


The survey results and the white papers will be used to propose initial topics of discussion that will lead to inputs into the principles document.

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Funding provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

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