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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, March 2022

Dear colleagues,

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

For any question you may have, please feel free to contact us at the following address: 



Call for Projects – Open Action Lines for 2022

The Open Science Program from swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on the following action lines by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

  1. Setting up of shared services & e-infrastructures
  2. International participations
  3. Alternative forms of publication
  4. Research Assessment

More information regarding the action lines and the requirements are available in the document "Open Action Lines for the 2022 Open Access Call for Projects".

All information about this call will be published under this link.


Project Ideas Check
The Program Coordination is offering to all applicants, at the latest two months prior to the Open Access (OA) action lines' deadlines, one “project ideas check” session.
During this session of approx. 30 minutes, it is expected from the applicants that they present the key ideas behind their respective project showcasing in particular how the proposal:

  1. fits within the current open action line(s)
  2. builds upon existing OA resources, e-infrastructures and services, and
  3. fosters national resources while stimulating national cooperations and synergies across Swiss higher education institutions.

In preparation for each meeting, the applicants agree to share at least one week in advance the main points and/or documents they will present in more depth during the project ideas session. Please note that this “project ideas check” service does not substitute for the mission of the Reviewers who are asked to assess proposals once submitted to the Open Science program.


Please kindly note that our Open Access contacts at Swiss higher education institutions are available on our website. Please feel free to contact us in case there are any changes.


Call for Tenders – Regulatory Framework

As mentioned in the February issue of our newsletter, the call for tenders Regulatory Framework has now been launched. The call is by invitation only and all potential bidders have been invited to submit an offer by July 1, 2022.

All information about this call for tenders are available under this link.




We have currently organised 3 webinars, therefore feel free to register accordingly.

1   AI, ORD & the Research Data Connectome
Philippe Cudre-Mauroux | Full Professor and Director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg (LinkedIn)

► Online webinar taking place on Thursday March 31, 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

This talk will briefly introduce modern AI techniques leveraging data to train deep models, followed by a description of a few recent research efforts from the eXascale Infolab leveraging Big Data and AI to organise large-scale information. Finally, an overview is given of the Research Data Connectome, an innovative system made in Switzerland making research data more accessible, interoperable and valuable.

Philippe Cudre-Mauroux is a Full Professor and the Director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg, and a member of the National Research Council (responsible for "Applied Computer Science") at the SNSF. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on information management infrastructures at IBM Watson (NY), Microsoft Research Asia and Silicon Valley, and MIT. He recently won the Verisign Internet Infrastructures Award, a Swiss National Center in Research award, a Google Faculty Research Award, as well as a 2 million Euro grant from the European Research Council. His research interests are in next-generation, Big Data management infrastructures for non-relational data and AI. Webpage:

► Registration for this event is free and can be submitted here.


2   Project «HI-FRAME»: Professorial recruitment in an Open Science environment
Karin Gilland Lutz | Deputy Head of the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich and Co-Chair of the LERU Policy Group Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (LinkedIn).

Mihaela Falub | Program Manager in the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich (LinkedIn)

► Online webinar taking place on Thursday April 28, 2022 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

This webinar provides an introduction to the HI-FRAME project. The University of Zurich addresses the rewards and incentives aspect of the Open Science movement through the project HI-FRAME, which is funded within the federal program P5 Open Science Part A Open Access.  HI-FRAME was launched in September 2021 and contributes to the implementation of UZH’s Open Science policy and simultaneously provides a path forward for translating UZH’s commitment to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment into practice. A central aspect of HI-FRAME is moreover that it has an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) perspective at its core.

In the spring of 2022, three UZH faculties will begin piloting HI-FRAME in professorial hiring procedures. This means integrating Open Science activities systematically as candidate evaluation criteria from the very beginning to the end of the hiring procedures. HI-FRAME delivers a set of tools for the practical implementation.

The project leaders Dr. Mihaela Falub and Dr. Karin Gilland Lutz from the UZH’s Office for Gender Equality and Diversity created HI-FRAME because they saw a need to align researchers’ incentives in favor of the Open Science movement. In particular, there is a need to ensure that early-career academics do not experience any negative consequences due to their Open Science engagement, when they reach the point in their careers where they begin to apply for professorships.

Mihaela Falub is Program Manager in the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich. After a PhD in Physics in Germany, she first followed an international academic career, holding several postdoctoral positions in the Netherlands and Switzerland, before moving into the so-called third space in higher education. Over the last decade she led several career development programs for female researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Her current work and interests are related to women leadership in academia, research funding, researchers’ assessment, and professorial hiring in Open Science.

Karin Gilland Lutz is Deputy Head of the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity at the University of Zurich and Co-Chair of the LERU Policy Group Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Some of her main areas of focus include the Horizon Europe Gender Equality Plan and academic recruiting in an Open Science environment. Karin holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and is currently completing a Masters of Public Administration at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. 

► Registration for this event is free and can be submitted here.


3   Open Science and Data Protection: What do I need to keep in mind?
Anna Kuhn | Data Protection Officer at SWITCH, Attorney at Law, CIPP/E  (LinkedIn)

► Online webinar taking place on Thursday July 21, 2022 from 11:00 to 12:00 pm

The first part of the presentation will be about SWITCH and the recently founded legal consultancy SWITCHlegal ( Participants will get insights on the working areas of SWITCH for Higher Education and Research Institutions and in particular how institutions can benefit from legal support at SWITCH. In the second part, Anna Kuhn will talk about data protection requirements in connection with Open Science and provide tips and tricks when processing personal data. The final part will be an open discussion and participants are invited to ask their questions.

Anna Kuhn is Data Protection Officer (DPO), Product Manager SWITCHlegal, and Secretary General at SWITCH. Some of her main areas of focus include ICT law, including data protection law, telecommunications law, procurement law, internet governance, licensing law, intellectual property law. Anna is Data Protection Officer at SWITCH, responsible for consulting and training at SWITCH in data protection matters, as well as Head of SWITCHlegal for advising the BFI community on ICT-related legal matters.

► Registration for this event is free and can be submitted here.




  • Communication Specialist (50%) – swissuniversities
    Start date: Now or to be agreed.
    The Communication Department of the General Secretariat of swissuniversities is looking for a Communication Specialist who, in addition to a very broad range of tasks, will also support the Open Science team in operational communication activities.

    Detailed job offer is available online.

  • Open Science specialist (80%) – HEP Vaud
    Start date: May 1st, 2022, or to be agreed.
    Application deadline: March 21st, 2022.

    Complete announcement and application are published online.




Call for interest – Towards an agreement on reforming research assessment

The European Commission has called for organisations to express their interest in being part of a coalition on reforming research assessment. The coalition will bring together research funding organisations, research performing organisations, national/regional assessment authorities or agencies, associations of research funders, of research performers, of researchers, as well as, learned societies and other relevant organisations, all willing and committed to implement reforms to the current research assessment system. This follows a year of extensive consultations with stakeholders, and the coalition will remain open to new members at all time, therefore feel free to join via this link.

More information regarding the scoping report can be found here.




Multi-Annual Roadmap 2023-2024

A first draft of the  Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR) 2023-2024 for the further development of EOSC has been developed by the EOSC Association Board of Directors in collaboration with the thirteen Task Forces.  It has been released for public consultation this week.

The public consultation is open until 21 March 2022 to gather community feedback.




The EUA Open Science Agenda 2025

The EUA has established its Open Science strategy for 2025. It has three priority areas:

  1. Open Access to scholarly outputs,
  2. FAIR research data, and
  3. institutional approaches to research assessment.

For more information, feel free to check the detailed document here.







  • OSEC 2022 04-05 February, 2022 | Paris
    Highlights and unpublished interviews of the past event can be viewed online on the organiser's website.


We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your own news. Your news can be Open Science events, conferences, workshops, open positions and relevant news related to OS projects or mandates taking place in Switzerland and abroad. In order to be included in our upcoming newsletter, feel free to send us the English title and text to at the latest by the first Monday of each month.

With thanks and best regards,
The Open Science Team from swissuniversities

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