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CRG, GESIS & DARIAH-EU takeover FOSTER social media accounts

European research communities are moving towards more openness and transparency. In some disciplines Open Access, Open Data and Open Reproducible Research are already standard, for others these components of Open Science are relatively new trends.

In order to bridge this gap FOSTER’s activities target several research communities in particular. Our disciplinary partners ensure that the most relevant and burning questions of the respective research communities are addressed in all our training events and materials.

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Call to Open Science trainers – share your experiences and help to write a book!

From 12-15 February 2018 FOSTER will bring together Open Science trainers and educators to collaboratively author a training handbook. If you have practical experience in implementing Open Science training at your organisation we’d love to hear from you.

What works, what doesn’t? How can you make the most of limited resources? With your help, we will create a handbook that equips future trainers with methods, instructions, exemplary training outlines and inspiration for their own Open Science trainings. The handbook will provide Open Science advocates across the globe...

Save the date: Open Science Trainer Bootcamp 18-20 April

Do you think science should be more open? And would you like to train researchers in your institution about this? Then mark these dates in your calendar: 18-20 April 2018. On these days, FOSTER organises an open science trainer bootcamp in Barcelona. Our host is the Centre for Genomic Regulation

About the open science trainer bootcamp

During an intense 3 day programme, we will help you to become an open science trainer. Topics ranging from funding and research data management to open code and open access will be covered. You will also work on your own training skills and try things in practice. After this bootcamp, you will be ful...

The next phase of FOSTER – What can you get out of it?

The next phase of FOSTER – What can you get out of it?

We are delighted to announce that the second phase of FOSTER activity kicked off on May 22-23 in Guimarães. Over the next two years we will build upon our initial capacity building activities to raise awareness of Open Science among European researchers and begin to equip them to apply Open Science techniques in their day to day research. During this phase, FOSTER will work closely with representatives of three key disciplines: the life sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities to co-design advanced-level training. Together, we will continue to strengthen Open Science capacity across European researc...

Facilitating Open Science Training for Europe: Reaching the next level with FOSTER Plus

FOSTER Plus starts now!

This new phase of FOSTER focuses on the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond. In the next two years, eleven partners from all over Europe will collaborate on creating training and e-learning activities targeting academic staff, young scientists and policy-makers. Disciplinary partners from the life sciences, social sciences and humanities have joined the consortium to step up domain-specific materials and training capacities for the practical adoption of Open Science. In particular, a multi-module toolkit, a trainers’ bootcamp and a training handbook will be created collaboratively.

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Love research data management

Report from the 5 CESSDA workshops on RDM organised in 2015


Love was at times in the air during our series of training workshops on Research Data Management for Open Data. Five partners from across the CESSDA network of social sciences data archives put their heads and training ideas together for some good cross-fertilisation. Doctoral training workshop at five European universities in 2015 was the result, with trainers from across the team co-delivering these.

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Open Access: what's in it for me as an early career researcher?

Nancy Pontika, from FOSTER project partner Open University, just published an essay following her presentation that took place on July 7, 2015 at the University of Trieste as part of the FOSTER-funded seminar "Empowering Graduate Students: Science dissemination and science communication ‘in the open’". Here is the abstract:

When entering the research world, Early Career Researchers (ECRs) may encounter difficulties building a good reputation for their research, its quality and the research results. Open access is the movement that could assist ECRs t...


The November issue of the European Projects News Bulletin was dedicated to the theme of Open Access and Open Data in scientific research. We all know that making research results more accessible to all societal actors contributes to better and more efficient science, as well as to innovation in both the public and private sectors. Yet, not all people involved in research activities know how to share information effectively. The objective in this edition was to contribute to the dissemination of European projects achievements and give voice to the very important topic of Open Science.

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Get your feet wet in Open Science!

My own expedition into the world of open science took me to the Faculty of Behavioural Science’s Minerva Plaza on 20 October 2015 during the international Open Access week. Helsinki University Library organised its fourth introductory seminar on new kinds of open access to science in this modern learning environment of the University of Helsinki in the district of Kruununhaka. This time the seminar took the form of an all-day workshop conducted in English.

The heading “Get your feet wet in Open Science!”encouraged the novice to test the shallow waters of the sandy beach, while Ivo Grigorov, the speaker from Denmark, was in his element swimming the deep water out at sea.

Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020 - Course and Webinar

Are you participating, or willing to participate, in an H2020 funded project? Would you like to know more on how to comply with the H2020 Open Access mandate? Join in the moderated FOSTER Course “Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020” from November 30th to December 4th 2015, and attend a Webinar on Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00 CET.

Target audience: researchers and students, project managers, librarians and repository managers.

Learn about

  • The context of the H2020 mandate
  • Compliance with the H2020 OA Mandate by depositing publications into reposi...