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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, April 2021

Dear colleagues,

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter, which informs you monthly about our program and its scope.



Call for manifestation of interests for the National OA Fund: Deadline Monday May 31st, 2021

The Open Science Program Open Access Call has just announced a new action line entitled “National OA Fund”. A guidance note has been published as a National OA Fund specifications, in order for proposers to understand how to answer to the call for manifestation of interests. In case you have questions on this topic, please feel free to contact your institutional Open Access Contact Point or contact us at the following address:


SOSNet - Swiss Open Science Network

swissuniversities has set up an informal networking platform about Open Access and Open Science entitled SOSNet (Swiss Open Science Network).

The aim is to provide an exchange platform between different actors focusing on OA, ORD and OS within the landscape of Swiss HEI’s as well as to create bridges between applicants and potential partnering professionals or institutions.

We consider the ongoing P5 projects and the future projects of the Open Science program as a basis for the SOSNet. On the platform of the messaging service Slack, the members of the projects will find useful information regarding the different steps for submitting a project.

For the members of future projects, the platform offers the possibility to suggest project ideas, share expertise and find additional partners. At the same time, they can keep the community informed about the current development of their project and stay connected with important topics within the open science community as a whole.

Join us on SOSNet!

Feel free to share this invitation with additional relevant professionals in the field of OA, ORD and OS.



New "Peer Community In" initiative seeking partnerships and support in Switzerland and internationally

The Peer Community In (PCI) initiative, originally led by researchers at INRA (Institut national de recherche agronomique, France), aims to create disciplinary communities of researchers who evaluate and recommend preprints and scientific papers deposited in open archives. This initiative, relevant and original because it separates peer reviewing from publishing, is supported by research institutions, graduate schools, learned societies, and has recently obtained funding from the French National Open Science Fund. You can find all useful information about PCI at

The PCI team is currently seeking to expand its network and institutional support at the international level. This initiative could notably lead to a project proposal and be part of the current Open Access call (deadline: May 31, 2021) under the action line "Participation to international initiatives".


Christian Oesterheld succeeds Niklaus Landolt as president of SLiNER

Niklaus Landolt, who will take early retirement as director of the UB Bern in summer 2021, stepped down from the board on the occasion of the SLiNER members' meeting on March 17, 2021, and resigned as president.

The new president is Christian Oesterheld, director of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. He has been a member of the SLiNER board since the network was founded. Gabriela Lüthi, director of the ZHAW library, remains vice president.

The new SLiNER board is composed of:

  • Angélique Boschung, Director of BCU Fribourg
  • Davide Dosi, Direttore della Biblioteca universitaria
  • Marie Fuselier, Directrice de la division de l'Information scientifique de l'UniGE
  • Wilfried Lochbühler, Director of the Main Library of the UZH
  • Gabriela Lüthi, Director of the Libraries of the ZHAW (Vice President)
  • Biljana Mojsilovic, Director of the PHZH Library
  • Christian Oesterheld, Director of the ZB Zurich (President)
  • Florian Steffen, Head of the BFH Libraries (as of July 1, 2021)


Università della Svizzera italiana: Research Data Manager (100%) Applications received before 15 April 2021, will be given priority.



We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your news. These can be events, vacancies or news on current topics. You can send us your suggestions by the first Monday of each month to

Best regards
Team Open Science, swissuniversities

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