On 4 and 5 April, the Open Science Conference was organized by the Dutch Presidency of the EU. State Secretary Sander Dekker and EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas give priority to Open Access to publications and sharing of research data, and through this conference they put Open Science in the spotlight.
The Dutch AWTI (Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation) concluded that Open Science is inevitable. According to State Secretary Dekker, knowledge is the key factor to social and economic growth and therefore the wall built around science, which keeps knowledge inside the scientific community, should fall. You can find his speech here.
Among the 300 participants of the conference were representatives of the European universities, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), publishers, researchers and research supporters. In four parallel sessions (on Impact, Involvement, Infrastructure, and Innovation) participants discussed the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science.
This Call for Action announced concrete steps to be taken in the coming years in order to realize the transition to Open Science. The findings of the conference will be further discussed by the European ministers for research and innovation at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council that will be held in Brussels on 26 and 27 May 2016.
Wageningen UR Library participated in the organization of the Innovation track, in which presentations and discussions on new publication models, and evidence based innovations in Open Science contributed to the Call for Action.
The Library supports Open Access. If you want to publish through Open Access, or want to know more about the Open Access deals that VSNU recently made with academic publishers, please contact us.
Picture and video: Marina Noordegraaf, Verbeeldingskr8