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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.

The ...

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.

FOSTER - Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research project on free scienti...

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...

Webinar "Making your OA repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with OA Horizon 2020 requirements"


Would like to know more on how to make your open access (OA) repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with OA Horizon 2020 requirements? Join the FOSTER/OpenAIRE webinar on Thursday, November 26 at 11h00 CET.

Target audience: repository managers, data archives managers, librarians, OA journal editors and publishers, data providers, research managers and administrators.

In this webinar you will learn about

  • The OpenAIRE infrastructure and content harvesting: how the OpenAIRE infrastructure harvests content & OpenAIRE's Content Acquisition Policy;
  • The OpenAIRE gui...

First FOSTER E-learning courses online

The FOSTER consortium is happy to announce the release of our first set of e-learning courses as part of Open Access Week 2015 and now available on the FOSTER portal:

The self-learning courses focus on the topics “Open Access in Horizon2020”, “Repository compatibility with Horizon2020” and “Open Science to Research”. The courses have been created by FOSTER partners and offer a variety of options to get to grips with each topic: short video presentations, background reading and self-assessment tests.

FOSTER, a project funded by the European Commission from 2014-2016, has been actively...

"Experts on Open Access" and "Science-Openness-World" interview series now available on FOSTER portal


FireShot Screen Capture 059 - Otwarta Nauka - otwartanauka pl is a web portal dedicated to Open Science. Two sets of their interview series are now available through the FOSTER portal: "Science-Openness-World" and "Experts on Open Access".

Report: CESSDA Research Data Management for Open Data doctoral training, July 2015, Ljubljana

CESSDA picture 1The presentations and video recordings for the CESSDA RDM for Open Data doctoral training that took place in Ljubljana in July 2015 are now available on the FOSTER portal and on the