Raphaëlle Bats is the co-head of the URFIST Bordeaux (Unité Régionale de Formation à l’Information Scientifique et Technique), University of Bordeaux, France. There, she organises training sessions and conferences about scholarly communication, data, open sciences, academic writing, open science, citizen science, etc. for PhD students, researchers and librarians.
She defended her PhD Thesis in October 2019: “From Participation to Collective Mobilization : public libraries looking for their democratic vocation” (dir. Denis Merklen and Etienne Tassin). She runs different research projects about participation, information and climate change. Furthermore, she is a member of the research lab: Centre Gabriel Naudé (Enssib).
Raphaëlle Bats has also been involved in the “International Advocacy Programme” of IFLA since 2016. She leads a French national group on the topic of Agenda 2030 and French Libraries. She is a member of the ELSIA Expert Group (European Libraries and Sustainability Implementation and Assessment) of EBLIDA.
Before joining the Citizen Science Working Group in June 2021, Raphaëlle Bats was elected president of AIFBD (Association internationale francophone des bibliothèques et de la documentation) from 2017 to 2020. She launched and animated the webinar #BiblioCovid19 “Libraries in time of crisis: the case of covid 19” from March to December 2020. For this, she received the “Library of The Year 2020 Award” from the Livre Hebdo.