Laura Ación

Laura Ación

Co-Executive Director

Instituto del Cálculo - CONICET

Experience and Track Record

Laura is an Adjunct Research Scientist at the National Research Council in Argentina (CONICET) and the University of Buenos Aires, where she leads the Responsible Use of Data Co-Laboratory. She has over 50 peer-reviewed academic publications and has received funding from prestigious international agencies such as NASA, NIH and CZI.

She more than two decades of experience offering consulting services and also experience working remotely from Buenos Aires since 2006. She has been a user of remote graduate education since then. Her first experience teaching at the undergrad and grad levels in 2013 was also remote. With these precedents, when she started teaching in person.

Since 2017 she has held leadership positions at or co-created local, regional, and international open science-related collective projects (e.g., R-Ladies Global, LatinR, useR!, Open Life Science, Code for Science & Society). Since 2004, Laura has been a consultant for several projects.

Laura was also a The Carpentries-certified instructor and instructor trainer and has experience developing massive online courses for a US-based platform (whose name we omit due to the company’s ethical issues). In March 2020, Laura co-founded MetaDocencia.

Inside the team, Lau has won the Team Shirt Award because she drives us, motivates us, teaches us, and empowers us on the court. Outwardly, she defends science, technology, education, our geographies and future. She invites and brings others up a thousand projects, shares her brilliant trajectory and generously encourages us to play more and better.


  • Health Data Science
  • Responsible Artificial Intelligence
  • Open Science


  • PhD in Biostatistics, 2012

    University of Iowa

  • Master in Public Health, 2009

    University of Iowa

  • MS in Biostatistics, 2004

    University of Iowa

  • Licentiate in Biology, 2002

    Universidad de Buenos Aires