Rector kicks off Open Science & Education campaign

May 28, 2024

Transparency, collaboration and building on each other's work: don't we all want that? In recent years, WUR has taken several steps in the field of Open Science. For instance, almost all publications are open access. But much more is still possible! To encourage more open science practices, WUR has started a university-wide campaign.

On Wednesday 22 May, Carolien Kroeze, Rector Magnificus of WUR, symbolically opened a vault containing the first campaign posters. The vault represents the closed and inaccessible nature of many studies and educational materials – even though transparency, integrity and social impact are WUR core values.

Open Science as standard

The campaign is organised by the Open Science & Education (OSE) programme. This programme aims for Open Science to become the standard way of working within WUR. Open Science not only means the Open Access publication of scientific articles but also the opening up of datasets, free sharing of educational materials and citizen participation in research. The programme therefore consists of four components: Open Access & Open Scholarly Communication, FAIR data, Citizen Science and Open Education.

On, you can find more information about the OSE programme, its different parts and the support the programme can offer. You can also find inspiration here on how colleagues use Open Science in their own work.

Share your inspiring examples!

As part of the campaign, we would like to put Open Science initiatives in the spotlight. Do you know or have inspiring examples? Then contact us at

Grant opportunities

This year Open Science NL is making grants available for Open Science initiatives. The OSE programme will soon organise an information meeting about these opportunities. Would you like to stay informed about this? Keep an eye on our website or e-mail