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PASTEUR4OA/North-West Europe Meeting

PASTEUR4OA/North-West Europe Meetings of Research Performing Organisations and Research Funders
On February 9-10, the North-West Europe group of the PASTEUR4OA project held its regional workshop at the lovely buildings of the Fondation Universitaire/Universitaire Stichting in Brussels.

During this two-day meeting, two groups of policy makers were targeted: 21 representatives of  Research-Performing Organisations (February 9, programme) and 29 Research Funder policy managers (February 10, programme), talked about existing and new open science policies and exchanged ideas and best practices related to open science policies.
Both days had similar programmes, although the speakers and focus differred slightly. Both days featured an overview of the Horizon 2020 open access mandate and open data pilot (delivered with admirable succinctness by Jean-François Dechamp and Célina Ramjoué), an overview of the PASTEUR4OA project and its achievements by Alma Swan and Victoria Tsoukala and a workshop session focused on participants’ own open access policies and alignment with H2020 - although in practice the conversations went much broader, towards policy and technical issues and desiderata, and even ended in very lively discussions on these matters.

IMG 5757 eDuring the meeting for research performing organisations, speakers included  Lidia Borrell Damian (European University Association) who presented the EUA Roadmap to Open Access for publications, Bernard Rentier (ULg) on the well-known Liège Open Access mandate , Simon Kerridge (University of Kent) on how British universities interact with the various Open Access policies in the UK. Niamh Brennan (TCD) concluded the morning session with an overview of the situation in Ireland - ending with the following quote that nicely summarizes the rationale behind the need for Open Access policy making:  “At TCD, we don't want to advertise pay-walled research ! Civil society should be able to access all our research”. At the end of the day, there was a panel session featuring Bernard Rentier,  Marie-Pierre Pausch (University of Luxembourg), Alain Beretz (University of Strasbourg, France) and Christoph Bruch (Helmholtz Association, Germany).
The research funders meeting focused on the experiences of funders that have either established an open access policy or that are in the process of developing one. Alma Swan presented data and statistics from the PASTEUR4OA project about policy effectiveness. Bernard Rentier (as former president of the board of the Belgian-Wallonian research funder FRS-FNRS), discussed FNRS’s open access policy, as did David Sweeney for the case of the UK’s HEFCE open access policy, and Eric Laureys for case of the Belgian federal research funder BELSPO. George Botz and Stephan Kuster of Science Europe (association of European Research Funding Organisations and Research Performing Organisations),  presented the organisation’s view on Open Science and the updated version of the ‘Science Europe Principles on Open Access to Research Publications’. This day ended with a panel discussion featuring several research funders from various fields: the French INRIA, the Austrian FWF, the FNR (Luxembourg) and UNESCO.
The full programme and presentations can be found on the PASTEUR4OA website.

Upcoming regional PASTEUR4OA meetings:
  • February 22, Torino, Italy: South West Europe Meeting of Research Performing Organisations
  •  March 17, Copenhagen, Denmark: North Europe Meeting of Research Performing Organisations and Research Funders
  • April 1, Istanbul, Turkey: South East Europe Meeting for Research Funders

 Register now for the PASTEUR4OA final conference on May 17-18 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.