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FOSTER training programme: "Promoting Open Science among Young Researchers: Challenges and Opportunities"

Promoting Open Science among Young Researchers: Challenges and Opportunities



 Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania is organising a series of 4 Open Science training sessions, on March 19, April 24, September 25 and October 21, 2015.

The aim of these 4 trainings is to increase young researchers’ competence on open science and to develop practical skills on open access publishing and research data management. The series of...

FOSTER training events 2015

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The FOSTER project is very happy to support 24 training programmes in 2015. The selection committee received over 80 high quality proposals, and narrowing the list down was a difficult process. In the end, we will be able to support 24 projects from 18 countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom).


April 2015

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Celebrating FOSTER's first year and looking ahead to 2015

An exciting year of FOSTER activities is about to end. To celebrate this and to get a fresh start for the second year, all of the 13 consortium partners gathered in Göttingen in mid-January. A range of presentations showed the impressive progress the project has made. In several interactive sessions we discussed and planned the year ahead.


All partners were satisfied with the high recognition and visibility of the FOSTER "brand" through social networks as well as participation in and presentation at events and conferences. In particular the level of engagement with the community visible through the replies to our calls for training and content was honoured.


DEADLINE EXTENSION: FOSTER call for Open Science Training 2015

Due to many requests the deadline for submissions to the current Call for proposals to host FOSTER training events on open access, open research data and open science is extended:

The new deadline for submissions is: Friday, November 14, 2014

Please see information about the Call here:

Open Access for REF2020 and Research Data Management: What do researchers need to know?

Martin Donnelly, Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh reports about FOSTER co-funded event where he presented:

On 22nd October I was happy to travel south to the beautiful campus of Royal Holloway University of London to contribute to a FOSTER sponsored event. The event, titled “Open Access for REF2020 and Research Data Management: What do researchers need to know?” was geared quite explicitly towards a scholarly audience (as opposed to research support service providers), so I pitched my contribution with a stronger advocacy emphasis than usual! The event attracted a broad range of scholars, and not just from Royal Holloway: there were representatives from a variet...

OpenAIRE webinars during Open Access Week 2014: Register now!

During Open Access Week, the OpenAIRE project, in collaboration with the FOSTER project, is organising a series of webinars about the Open Access Mandate and the Open Research Data Pilot in H2020, the new OpenAIRE portal and the Zenodo data repository.

The webinars are open to all and they will take place from Monday, October 20th, through Thursday, October 23st, at 15.00 - 16.00 CEST (13.00 - 14.00 UTC/ 14.00 - 15.00 WEST/ 16.00 - 17.00 EEST).

You can register for one or more of the webinars using this form.

Open Access to Publications and Open Research Data

University of Ljubljana, Assembly Hall, Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 24 and 25 September 2014

The University of Ljubljana has carried out three trainings under the FOSTER umbrella – for Slovenian decision makers in science, for the researchers of the University of Ljubljana and for the librarians of the University of Ljubljana. European open access policies and infrastructures for peer reviewed publications and research data were presented at the three events, together with the relevant activities in Slovenia.

In total, 68 participants attended the events. They were very pleased with the presentations and have reported gaining good overview about open access i...

FOSTER call for Open Science Training 2015

Do you feel you can effectively train on open science topics? Apply now and help us to make a difference. We are inviting proposals to host FOSTER training events on open access, open research data and open science to be held from January to November 2015.

With your help, we want to organize both engaging and instructive events that reach out to diverse disciplinary communities and countries in the European Research Area (ERA).

FOSTER support

We are looking to support different types of training events and strategies, ranging from short (one or two-hour) workshops to multiple day workshops, from face-to-face training to e-learning sessions. FOSTE...

What is the Open Data Pilot in Horizon2020?

A novelty in Horizon 2020 is the Open Research Data Pilot which aims to improve and maximize access to and re-use of research data generated by projects. It will be monitored with a view to developing the European Commission policy on open research data in future Framework Programmes.

You can deposit your data in dedicated data repositories. Some repositories, such as Zenodo, accept both publications and datasets. Data repositories allow you to provide persistent links to your datasets, so that they can be cited, linked and tracked. This also allows for version control. Just like pu...

Should science always be open?


We are experiencing a paradigm shift in the way new knowledge is shared. The internet allows for complete openness for research, innovation and personal and government information. Openness to resources Mixed Selection from academia, government and industry changes the playing field for citizens, scientists, inventors and industryMixed Selection, allowing all to participate in innovation and value creation, regardless of geography and background.