Malvika Sharan

I am a community builder, open science educator and facilitator of open source projects.
I am passionate about enabling collaborative culture, accessibility and inclusive practices in research and communities.
Born and raised in India (Namaskar!), an EU national (Hallo!), based in London (Hi!).

About me

Community Manager - The Turing Way at The Alan Turing Institute
Co-founder - Open Life Science

I am a community lead of The Turing Way project at The Alan Turing institute that aims to make data science reproducible, collaborative, ethical and inclusive for researchers around the globe. I involve and support a diverse community of contributors in the project by helping them learn research best practices, exchange skills and become an active member of The Turing Way.

I am a co-founder of Open Life Science, a mentoring and training programme that empowers researchers to gain an understanding of open science principles, build collaborations with experts and adopt best practices in the context of their communities.

After receiving my PhD in Bioinformatics, I started my career in community building at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. I am a Software Sustainability Institute fellow, Open Bioinformatics Foundation board member and an active contributor of open source projects. I am open to discuss and collaborate on building resources, promoting open science principles and supporting projects to enhance the representation of marginalised members in data science and research.

Current Projects

Community Manager

The Alan Turing Institute
2020 - Present

The Turing Way is an open source project on best practices, guidance and recommendations on data science. I involve and support its diverse community of researchers, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders who develop and promote resources on reproducible, ethical, collaborative and inclusive data science.
Watch this short video on YouTube (6 minutes) to learn more.


Open Life Science
2019 - Present

Open Life Science (OLS) is a non-profit organisation that provides an international platform for open science leaders and learners to exchange their knowledge. Through 16-week long personal mentorship and cohort-based training, our participants gain knowledge essential to create, lead, and sustain their projects openly.
Listen to The ORION Open Science Podcast about OLS to learn more.


Other Community Involvements


Software Sustainability Institute
2019 - Present

Board Member

Open Bioinformatics Foundation
2019 - Present

Volunteer Member

The Carpentries
2015 - Present

Selection Committee

CS&S Event Fund
2020 - Present

Selected Talks

Data Science & Community

Guest Lecture and Demo: The Turing Way Guide to Ethical Research, 31 July 2020, MIT Experiential Ethics Virtual Field Trip, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3968454

Guest Lecture: Collaboratively Learning and Sharing Data Science and Research Skills, 31 July 2020, The East African Network for Bioinformatics training (EANBiT) - H3BioNet residential training, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3968440

The Turing Way: Building a Culture of Collaboration in Data Science, 8 June 2020, CogX 2020, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3885850

The Turing Way: A Guide to Reproducible, Ethical and Collaborative Data Science and Research, 11 March 2020, Data Science Perspectives conference, Newcastle, UK, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3706577

Open Science

Open Life Science: Empowering Early Career Researchers to become Open Science Leaders, 20 July 2020, BCC 2020: Bioinformatics Community Conference, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4459418

DORA Panel: Challenges in Assessing Contributions to Reproducible Research and Open Science, 2 September 2020, ESOF 2020: Euro Science Opem Forum, Trieste, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4013300

COVID-19 Perspective Talk: Open Communities and Promoting a Culture of Collaboration, 1 April 2020 - Collaboration Workshop 2020; 12 May 2020 - Women in Data Science | IBM Code Bristol, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3745008

Keynote: Inclusiveness in Open Science Communities, 21 September 2018, OpenCon 2018, Switzerland, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4051476


I write blog posts on Open Science practices, community building, inclusiveness in research and related topics. Since they are dispersed across different community platforms, I try to compile and post them on my blog page.

Get in touch

If you’d like to get in touch about projects for potential collaboration, speaking requests, mentorship or just to say 'Namaskar/Hallo/Hi!' - feel free to get in touch through any of the social channels linked below.