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     Have you ever heard of metascience? And open science?  Participating in No Budget Science Hack Week is an opportunity to learn more about these topics and participate in research projects as a means to build better science.
     The event is designed following the no-budget philosophy: “a laptop in your hand and an idea in your head” . We encourage the use of publicly available data, published literature syntheses, citizen science initiatives, and computational studies. After all, not all science needs a bench.
     People from undergraduate to postdoctoral (or beyond) are welcome. Join us in these two months of many activities and interaction.  The event is registered as a discipline in the postgraduate course in Biological Chemistry at UFRJ and can provide participation credits for those interested.


Programming and


     This year's event has two stages. From the 1st to the 22nd of July , we will have the Pre-Hack Week : four weeks of online debates via Zoom  about Hack Weeks and projects  collaboratives , journalism and  scientific communication, graduate and career  and diversity in science . This first phase will aim to encourage discussion and create an enabling environment for the emergence of project ideas and analysis. This discussion will be supported by a group on Slack , which will serve as an interaction facilitator, so that participants can get to know each other and perceive common interests even from a distance.

      In parallel, until the 30th of July , registration will be open for those who want to participate in the  Hack Week  itself, in which the projects will be developed. Between August 16 and 30 , participants will form teams and develop “no-budget” metascience projects, in remote collaboration. During this period,  mentoring sessions, tool workshops, remote collaborative working tips, and ongoing project chats. Participation in Hack Week will not be exclusive to the Pre-Hack Week community, so even those unable to participate in the initial debates can register.

     During the event, we expect a dedication of ~20h per week, but times are flexible. Although the schedule has activities from 2pm to 6pm, it is not necessary to participate in person every afternoon. However, we strongly recommend availability and participation in activities marked in green on the schedule. Schedule details are provided below:

Pre-Hack Week Schedule

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Fase 1 - Pré Hack Week e seleção

   18/07 - 10/08 - Debates pré-Hack Week

   11/08 - 25/08 - Inscrições para projetos

   28/08-01/09 - Seleção de participantes

*As datas abaixo são tentativas e serão agendadas com os participantes do evento

Fase 2 - Conversão de Ideias - Setembro

   Semana 11 - 15/09 - Evento síncrono de abertura

   16/09 - 30/09 - Reuniões de grupo (2/semana) para definição de projetos

   Semana 1/10 - Apresentações iniciais de projeto 

Fase 3 - Trabalho em projetos: Outubro a Dezembro

   1/10 - 4/12 - Trabalho assíncrono em projetos.

   - Reuniões semanais com coordenadores de projetos.

   - 4 a 8/12 - Sprint final dos projetos

   - Semana 11-17/12 - Apresentações finais e encerramento.

Hack Week Schedule



  To participate in the pre-Hack Week debates, simply register for our meetings  here . The zoom link recurs every Thursday in July at 4pm.

Until the 30th of July , registration will be open for those who want to participate in the  Hack Week ,  developing "no-budget" projects.


It will take place between days  August 16th and 30th . In these two weeks, the dedication will be greater, since the participants will be in daily (remote) contact with both their own work team formed at Hack Week and with the organization of the event and any people who offer mentoring for the projects.


Participation in Hack Week is not exclusive to the Pre-Hack Week community, you can sign up even if you don't participate in the debates throughout July (and vice versa, you can participate in the July debates without committing to participate in the Hack Week).


To register, access and fill out the registration form .




     The No-Budget Science Hack Week was conceived as an immersive week, where participants, in groups, would develop research projects in metascience - science to improve science - and it was in this format that the first edition took place. With the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, the format was changed to 15 days of online events, but the name of the event and its objective remain the same: the development of research projects and/or tools that address issues of the scientific process such as availability data, reliability, reproducibility, publication system, resource distribution, funding and training of researchers.

     The first edition of NBS Hack Week took place in Rio de Janeiro in 2019 with activities divided between Instituto D'Or and UFRJ, with support from graduate programs at UFRJ and Instituto Serrapilheira. Eighteen participants from various states of Brazil, undergraduates to post-doctoral, integrated groups, that for a week developed their project ideas, which can be seen aq ui.


     The second edition was held remotely, in 2020, again in partnership with the Serrapilheira Institute. This time, there were 26 people, from all over the country, developing projects in collaboration. most of the  lectures and presentations , as well as the  lectures from our pre-Hack Week  are available on the  our YouTube channel . A summary of the developed projects can be read in the  article about the event in Revista FAPESP  and the  data and presentations are in the Open Science Framework .

     Nothing better than knowing how the first editions of the event were through the words of the participants: 

"The learning I learned during hack week has definitely opened up a completely different world within science than I was used to before. I don't know exactly how this will affect my academic life in the future, but I believe I have been privileged to be presented to this other world and its tools, and have the opportunity to use them."


" It changed my view of open science for the better. I improved my knowledge and interest in new tools. It profoundly renewed my enthusiasm for research. It opened up new perspectives on how I do science and how I develop activities and content for postgraduate education. "


"This week was fundamental for developing a new critical look at the development of science. Programs like this one help to reveal the current scenario in which we are contained and many times we don't even notice."


"This type of initiative has influenced me a lot to get to know and understand what the scientific community has become. Without a doubt, it has been very positive for me and I intend to be able to influence people around me."


Over the


     No-Budget Science is a regular meeting organized since 2016 at the Health Sciences Center (UFRJ) to discuss projects in biomedical sciences that can be carried out without great costs - hence the slogan “a laptop in your hand and an idea in your head” .

     One of the motivations for creating the event was to enable people interested in working on scientific projects outside the bench to meet. We were concerned about the increase in the number of publications over the years, making the task of synthesizing research data into useful information urgent. Throughout the editions, it became clear the need to also discuss the necessary conditions for such projects to prosper, such as transparency, reproducibility and reforms in the publication system.

     Despite the interest of the local community in the topics covered, we have the feeling that the return in the form of completed or ongoing projects could be greater, leading us to seek a different format in 2019. With this, we hope to get closer to our initial idea : encourage collaborations in no-budget research projects and foster independence and academic entrepreneurship among young scientists in training, through the No-Budget Science Hack Week .


     To learn more about No-Budget Science , visit our website  or our Facebook page . There you'll find our community, as well as several videos from previous issues, including the launch issue of the first Hack Week .



     All No-Budget Science Hack Week activities, including project development, will count  with the supervision of your team of coordinators. In addition, we will have guest researchers who, in addition to contributing to the development of projects  they will give lectures and tool tutorials involving various aspects of no-budget science.

Organizing committee

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Mateus Matias (USP)
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Pedro Tan
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