FOSTER-UNESCO Open Science for Doctoral Schools | FOSTER

Organisers: UNESCO, Bhanu Neupane, and FP7 FOSTER Consortium, Joy Davidson, Ivo Grigorov, Nancy Pontika.

Event Description: A two-day workshop at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, specifically designed for Graduate School administrators across the European Research Area, with the aim to construct a credible roadmap for including Open Science in the doctoral curriculum training, to compliment research excellence and career strategies.

RATIONALE & Objectives
Open Science is now part of many research funders philosophy due to its core contribution to Reproducibility, Access and Re-use of research results, as well as Knowledge Transfer to the knowledge-based industry. Open Science can make meaningful contribution to institutional research strategies based on research excellence, education and innovation (and societal impact).

At individual career level, Open Science can help graduates place their research in societal context, increase the societal impact of their research (thus aligning themselves with the evolving Research Excellence Framework 2020), as well as raise research funding more competitively (

Such “soft skills” can lead to hard career impact, if they are a part of the curriculum alongside research excellence. The FOSTER-UNESCO Workshop invites Doctoral School professional to construct a roadmap for making Open Science certifiable and standard training for future graduates. Brief presentations will be followed by group work on certification, institutional capacity to train graduates, potential barriers and stimulate to including Open Science in the curriculum.

23rd APR, Introduction to Open Science, in context of Doctoral Schools needs
12:00 Registration & Lunch
12:45 Welcome by UNESCO
13:00 Objectives & Programme, by Ivo Grigorov
13:10 Open Access Context by Bhanu Neupane

The Funders Perspective:
13:20 EC position on Open Science in Graduate School Training
by Silvia Luber, EC DG Research & Innovation
13:50 Finland`s National Roadmap: Open Science 2014-2017
by Sami Niinimaki, Ministry of Education & Culture, Finland
14:20 Institutional Policies on Open Access: What works, what doesn’t?
by SPARC-Europe & Enabling Open Scholarship

Off-the-shelf Training Materials
14:40 UNESCO Open Access Curriculum
by Bhanu Neupane, UNESCO
15:10 Research Data Management: What Training Materials are out there?
by Joy Davidson, Digital Curation Center
15:30 -------------------------- coffee break ---------------------------------

e-Infrastructure for Open Science
15:50 ELIXIR Life Sciences e-infrastructure exists?
by Jean-Francois Gibrat, Director of ELIXIR
16:10 DARIAH e-infrastructure for Social Sciences & Humanities
by Marie-Véronique Leroi, Ministry of Culture & Communication, FR
16:30 Discussion: Barriers and Opportunities for #OpenScience as standard doctoral training
18:00 Wrap & Hotel Check-in

Group breakouts: Solutions to major obstacles of OS as standard training
Day 2 will be group work, moderated by the speakers of Day 1, assisting attendees to propose ways forward to deal with, what they see as the major barriers to making Open Science standard doctoral training.
Format: speakers to moderate 45 min breakout on major challenges raised in Day 1 by attendees; an attendee to act as a Rapporteur to summarize the group’s proposed solution at end of 45 min session; moderators to compile summary of event as a working draft of the Roadmap.

09:00 Presentation: Reusing Open Access content & HEFCE policy on Open Access, by Nancy Pontika
10:00 Summary of Day 1: What are the Major Obstacles to OS training & certification?, Ivo Grigorov

10:30 – 12:00 GAPS & NEXT STEPS for including OS in the curricula in:
"Bio- & Life Sciences" (Group 1, Moderator Vicky Schneider, Rapporteur Gretchen Repasky)
"Environmental/Marine Sciences" (Group 2, Moderator Ivo Grigorov, Rapporteur Pierre-Carl Langlais)

14:00 Report: What NEXT in "Environmental/Marine Sciences"
14:30 Report: What NEXT in "Bio- & Life Sciences"
15:00 Action points, deadlines & responsibilities
15:30 --------------------------- end of event ---------------------------------

SUPPORT DOCUMENTS for attendees:
Document: Open science and research roadmap 2014–2017, Ministry of Education, Finland;
Document: UNESCO Open Access Curriculum, UNESCO 2014;
Document: Open Science Learning Objectives by FP7 FOSTER Consortium;
Document: VITAE Mapping training and development provision to the Researcher Development Framework
Document: Winning Horizon 2020 with Open Science brief by FOSTER Consortium.


  • Bhanu Neupane (speaker), UNESCO
  • Silvia Luber (speaker), European Commission, Open Science Office
  • Nancy Pontika (speaker), Open University (UK)
  • Sami Niinimaki (speaker), Ministry of Education & Culture (FI)
  • Jean-Francois Gibrat (speaker), French Institute of Bioinformatics (FR)
  • Marie-Veronique Leroi (speaker), Ministry of Culture & Communication (FR)
  • Joy Davidson (speaker), Digital Curation Center (UK)
  • Ivo Grigorov (speaker), Technical University of Denmark (DK)

    Participants, Graduate Schools representatives:
  • Gretchen Repasky, Health Sciences, Un. Helsinki (FI)
  • Elise Pinta, Doctoral School, University of Turku (FI)
  • Virpi Juppo, Doctoral School, University of Vaasa (FI)
  • Nina Bergmann, Integrated School of Ocean Sciences, GEOMAR (DE)
  • Claudia Delgado,IODE Training Coordinator, UNESCO
  • Heli Väätäjä, UBINET Doctoral Training Network, UBINET
  • Matti Nikkola, Developmental Biology for Regenerative Medicine Research School, Karolinska Institute (SE)
  • Søren Wandahl, Engineering Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus Un. (DK)
  • Tim Deprez, MARES Doctoral School ( (BE)
  • Fred Jean, Ecole Doctorale des Sciances de la Mer, Un. West Brittany (FR)
  • Rayna Stamboliyska, Open Access Advocate
  • Anita Berglund, Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute (SE)
  • Vicky Schneider, Norwich Bioscience DTP, (UK)
  • Malvika Sharan, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Un. Würzburg (AU)
  • Anneliese Depoux, Centre Virchow-Villermé (USPC), (FR)
  • Pierre-Carl Langlais, PhD Student (FR)
  • Lis Vinther (DTU Aqua), Aruni Senaratne (UNESCO)

  • Where

    1 rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, France

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    Organisers: Bhanu Neupane (UNESCO), Joy Davidson (DCC), Nancy Pontika (OU) Ivo Grigorov (FOSTER)
    Language: English



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