Julieta Arancio, PhD

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About Me

I am a researcher in Science and Technology Studies, an advocate for democratization of science and technology and a mentor for open hardware projects.

I enjoy learning and finding new ways of doing things, while contributing to collaborative teams with a clear vision for change.

You will usually find me in roles of translation between different kinds of expertise, in projects at the crossroads of technology, sustainability, science and education.



Research and curriculum design, conducting interviews and facilitating sessions with multiple stakeholders, collecting and analyzing big volumes of qualitative data, writing and editing scientific materials.


Presentations and public speaking, writing for technical, informed and general audiences, basic audio and video editing, radio production, educational game design for a virtual session.

Soft skills

Project management, problem-solving, conflict management, mentoring, fundraising, collaborative work, event organization.


Version control tools (git/GitHub/GitLab), basic web development (HTML, CSS, JS), Python and R scripts for data analysis, linked data ontology design using Protegé, operation of digital fabrication tools and programming of educational boards like Arduino, ESP32 or microBIT.


I speak Spanish (native), English (bilingual), French (A2) and some Portuguese.

Ongoing projects

Open Hardware Makers


Co-founder (2019) of a global mentorship program for open hardware projects. General strategy, project management, curriculum design and communications. I led a global consultation for improving our curriculum with the open hardware community.

Co-founder (2017) of the network, ex-coordinator of Buenos Aires node, in charge of the strategy working group. I co-organized a regional residency in 2019, having previously co-organized a Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) event in Shenzhen, China, in 2018.



Associate researcher

2015 - Present


Doctoral researcher (2016-2021). Collaborator in ‘Open, Collaborative and Alternative Science: overcoming health, inclusion and environmental challenges in Argentina’ (2015-2016) funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada (OCSDnet).

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Lead author

March 2021 - Present


Lead researcher and writer of a white paper seeking to understand the value of low cost and open source hardware for scientific research.

Global Open Science Hardware


Feb 2021 - Present


Coordinating the drafting of workshop reports and a policy brief targeting universities’ technology transfer offices

Journal of Open Hardware


2020 - Present


Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Open Hardware (JOH), a peer reviewed open access publication for open hardware research and development.

Appropedia Foundation


2020 - Present


Consultation services for a project in partnership with Intuitive Foundation (US), on the design and implementation of an ontology for remote learning of medical skills.

Wikimedia Switzerland

Wikidata instructor



Designer and instructor of Wikidata workshops for undergrad students at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Personal Data IO

Community coordinator

November 2018 - May 2019


Working directly with the founder of the startup, I was in charge of fundraising, communications and community coordination, plus co-development of a platform for users to easily ask for their personal data to companies online.

Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative,
University of Geneva

Mentor for Sustainable Development Goals' projects

July - September 2018


Mentor of Master’s students’ projects addressing the SDGs with a focus on challenge-based learning, community building and management of open source projects.


PhD in Science and Technology Studies

Universidad Nacional de Quilmes


My thesis (outstanding 10, with recommendation for publication) is titled Technologies from dialogues: Open science hardware and democratization in the “peripheria” and is available in Spanish at the UNQ online repository.

Lic. in Environmental Science

Universidad de Buenos Aires


5-year degree at the Agronomy College, orientation technology. My thesis was titled Quality assessment of sediments of the Reconquista River (Buenos Aires), with emphasis in heavy metals and is available in Spanish at the FAUBA online repository.

Funding received

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Postdoctoral research funding


Postdoctoral funding (USD 220,000) for two years at Drexel University, under supervision of Asoc. Prof. Gwen Ottinger

Mozilla Foundation

Science grant


Personal grant (USD 12,000) supporting academic writing and community building

Shuttleworth Foundation

Flash grant


Personal grant (USD 5,000) to advance project LogAir

National Science and Research Council of Argentina (CONICET)

PhD scholarship


Full support for pursuing my PhD at CENIT-UNSAM

Publications and presentations

Academic writing

  • Arancio, J. C. (2020, July 17). Opening Up The Tools For Doing Science: The Case Of The Global Open Science Hardware Movement. SocArXiv https://doi.org/10.31235

  • Arancio, J. ‘Open science hardware: towards more democratic science and technology in Latin America?’ Proceedings of 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, University of Skövde, 2019.

  • Arancio, J.; Molloy, J. ‘The Global Open Science Hardware Roadmap: A Collaborative Effort towards Democratising Science Hardware’, extended abstract for Tech4Dev Conference 2018 - UNESCO/EPFL (Lausanne, SZ)

  • Arancio, J.; Sebastian, S.; Schwertz-Weirich, A.; Actis, G.; Cremaschi, A.; Arancibia, F.; Van Zwanenberg, P.; Fressoli, M. ‘Relato de experiencia - Workshop internacional de desarrollo abierto y colaborativo’ in Liinc Em Revista, 2018 https://doi.org/10.18617/liinc.v14i1.4132

Non-academic writing

  • Arancio, J. ‘Open Science Hardware contributes to aligning the research agenda with societal needs’, in Journal of Open Hardware Blog, 2020

  • Dosemagen, S; Arancio, J. ‘Open Hardware Distribution & Documentation Working Group series’, in Journal of Open Hardware Blog, 2020

  • Arancio, J. ‘Open science hardware across the Andes’ in GOSH blog, 2018

  • Arancio, J. ‘GOSH Roadmap: democratising technology, from a Latin American perspective’, in STEPS Centre Blog, 2018

  • Arancio, J. ‘OpenCon 2017: Des-idealizando lo abierto para una mejor apertura’ in PlanC blog, 2018

  • Arancio, J.; Fressoli, M.; Arza, V. ‘Agroecology meets open source technologies’ in OCSDnet Blog, 2016

Conferences & Workshops

  • STS Switzerland 2021 Conference (15-17 February 2021, Virtual) - Presenting author

  • 4S/EASST Conference (18-20 August 2020, Virtual) - Presenting author

  • Doctoral Consortium - OpenSym (2019, Sweden) - Presenting author

  • Global Open Science Hardware gathering (2018, China) - Organizing committee

  • Mozilla Festival (2018, London) - Presenting author

  • OpenCon Swiss (2018, Bern) - Speaker

  • Tech4Dev (2018, Lausanne) - Presenting author

  • TECNOx (2018, Chile) - Speaker

When I'm not working

You can usually find me reading comics, drawing my first comic (in progress!), playing the flute or clarinet, writing some poetry in Spanish or riding my bicycle.