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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, September 2022

Dear colleagues,

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

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



Call for Open Research Data (ORD) Reviewers

The programme Open Science I, Phase B – ORD implements the action lines of the ORD Action Plan, which are under the responsibility of swissuniversities. The Delegation Open Science leads the implementation of the programme on behalf of the swissuniversities Board. Open calls for proposals can be viewed here.

The Delegation Open Science of swissuniversities is recruiting ORD experts to expand the existing Open Science Reviewers’ Pool, whose task is to assess the quality, impact and relevance of proposals using an anonymised open peer review process. To expand the Open Science Reviewers’ Pool, we are looking for two different profiles:

  • Profile I: Senior Experts in the Field of ORD

  • Profile II: Junior Researchers with Expertise in ORD

Please send your application to  by 7 October 2022.

For more information on the expertise and skills requirements, the expectations as well as the recruitment process, please see the following document.


Swiss Open Research Data Grants: Call for full proposals for Track B closed

Track B “Establish projects” supports the anchoring of existing ORD practices that have a research agenda and a common understanding of ORD principles. It provides the opportunity to take these practices to the next level, improve their scope, and develop projects that can become de facto standards in a community and promote quality.

The call for full proposals is now closed. The submitted applications will be evaluated by the experts of the Open Science Programme Reviewers’ Pool and the final decision will be made by the Open Science Delegation in December 2022.



Swiss Open Access Monitor is online

The Swiss Open Access Monitor is now online. It offers indicators at a national level to measure the progress of the implementation of Open Access in Switzerland. For the successful realisation of the project, co-funded by swissuniversities and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, the project team of the Consortium worked closely together with the specialists of the Arbeitskreis Open Access (AKOA) and the Jülich Research Centre. The project would like to express their sincere thanks to all specialists for their contributions and all swissuniversities members who participated in the national repository survey.

On 19 September 2022, the project team and representatives of Forschungszentrum Jülich will present the Swiss Open Access Monitor at the Open Access Days in Bern to an international audience.

Webinar: Swiss Open Access Monitor

The project team invites you to register for webinar sessions on 27 and 29 September 2022 and is very happy to accept registrations at the following link (registration is open until 22 September). You are welcome to enter your questions to be addressed in the webinar directly in the registration form. The project team looks forward to welcoming you online.

For additional information please contact



Data report and participation in the Open Access Days

The GOAL project (Unlocking the Green Open Access potentiaL in scholarly and professional journals in Switzerland), co-funded by swissuniversities, starts this autumn with news relevant for the Open Science and Open Access communities:

  1. Green Open Access: first report on publication records available

    During spring, the project team collected publication data for the years 2020 – 2021 from different Swiss universities of applied sciences and teachers’ education. The data was merged, harmonised, and analysed during summer. Now, both the report about the gathered data and the harmonised data are available in GOAL’s Zenodo community: GOAL - Unlocking the Green Open Access potentiaL in scholarly and professional journals in Switzerland | Zenodo.

    Please note that this version of the report is written in German but, in line with the multilingual spirit of the GOAL project, versions in French and English are being prepared by the project team. These will follow soon.

  2. Meet us: Poster presentation at the Open Access Days in Berne, 20 September 2022

    GOAL participates in the Open Access Days in Bern (19-21 September 2022) with a poster presentation. The poster is already available online in the Open Access Days community in Zenodo:

    Wie das GOAL-Projekt nachhaltige Kollaborationen zwischen Menschen, Maschinen und Strukturen fördert | Zenodo

    The poster represents how GOAL contributes to the collaboration between different actors within the academic publication landscape while promoting Green Open Access.

    The GOAL team will be present during the Poster session on the 20th of September (09:00 – 10:15h). Come and meet us!



“Data Stewardship” – Yan Wang & Esther Plomp   |   TU Delft

On 25 August 2022, swissuniversities organised a webinar on the institutional set-up of data stewardship. Two guest speakers from the TU Delft, Dr. ir. Yan Wang and Dr. Esther Plomp-Peterson, shared their experiences as data stewardship coordinator and data steward. The event offered a fruitful exchange, especially for representatives of HEIs involved in the swissuniversities’ call for proposals B5.2: Action plans on data stewardship.

The slides of the webinar are available under this link.


“All you want to know about the agreement on reforming research assessment” – Vinciane Gaillard & Rita Morais  |   European University Association

► Online webinar taking place on Thursday, 15 September 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The reform of research assessment supported by the European Commission, the European University Association (EUA) and Science Europe is taking centre stage in the scientific community and in academic and policy-making circles. They have joined efforts to overcome the ‘publish or perish’ paradigm and move towards a broader focus on quality, impact, diversity, inclusiveness and collaboration. This webinar, hosted and organized by swissuniversities, provides a unique opportunity to ask your questions in advance and to learn more about the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment published in July 2022.

  • Who can sign the Agreement and join the Coalition?
  • What will it entail if you join the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA), a group of organisations willing to work together in developing and implementing the changes set in the Agreement?
  • Is your organisation ready to join and sign this Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment?

The presentation will provide an overview of the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment, and how it was developed as a co-creation exercise, involving extensive consultations with over 350 organisations from 40 countries representing the diversity of the research community across Europe. Furthermore, it will present the principles, commitments and timeframe of the process envisioned after the launch of the Agreement. The webinar will also provide space to answer the questions in order to make an informed decision in the near future about signing the agreement and joining the coalition.

To best prepare for this webinar, feel free to review carefully the FAQs on the Agreement and Coalition on Reforming Research Assessment. In case you have additional specific questions regarding this Agreement you wish to see addressed during the webinar, please feel free to send them to us in advance to:

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


“OLOS in Action!” – Silas Krug & Aimée Noirjean  |  OLOS team

On Wednesday, 28 September 2022 at 13:30 CEST, the OLOS team is organising a 45-minute free webinar for a fast-paced introduction and demonstration of the Swiss-based integrated data management solution OLOS.

OLOS is the main deliverable of the Data Life-Cycle Management project, from swissuniversities P-5 Program. Its portal allows the long-term preservation of any kind of research data and documentation, and their access and reuse management.

This webinar is addressed to researchers, PhD students, research advisors, librarians, and opened to any person working with research data. After a basic introduction of OLOS, a demo will be presented to show scenarios of Deposit, Collection and Access Control. At the end, a Q&A will give you the chance to get answers for any question related to the preservation and publication of your research data. 


  • Silas Krug, Coordinator of OLOS, responsible of training and consulting 
  • Aimée Noirjean, Member of OLOS team, and coordinator of the e-learning program 

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


EOSC kick-off meeting – European Open Science Cloud

 Thursday 29 September 2022, 16:00-17:15 CEST, online via Zoom (registration is not required)

You are kindly invited to join this information session and to participate in the build-up of an EOSC community in Switzerland. The programme is as follows:

  • General introduction: what is EOSC and how is it linked to the Swiss Open Research Data Strategy
  • Break out rooms: community building - meet the people who work for different EOSC Task Forces, data service and infrastructure providers and domain-specific FAIR initiatives
  • Next steps to build up the EOSC community in Switzerland

For additional information please contact


Webinars on the role of open science for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) organized a series of webinars under the slogan “Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Speaking mainly to authors contributing to the journal’s call for papers of the same name, the webinar series offered training on policy writing, and inspired and empowered participants with expert perspectives on open science policies.

The four webinars are accessible online and provide a broad audience with exciting insights into the open science movement and its untapped potential to create a better society.

Webinar 1: April 8, 2022:  Setting the stage for open science policy development, infrastructure and capacity building. This webinar will focus on approaches to promoting a common understanding of open science, developing policy environments for open science, and investing in open science infrastructures and capacity building. Watch it here

Webinar 2: April 29, 2022:  Developing collaborative governance for open science through public participation and inclusive knowledge. This webinar will focus on consolidating public participation in open science, engaging societal actors beyond the scientific community, and promoting the inclusion of knowledge from traditionally marginalized scholars. Watch it here

Webinar 3: June 3, 2022:  Aligning incentives, rewards, and evaluation methods for open science in the scientific process. This webinar will focus on aligning incentives and rewards, as well as evaluation methods for open science, including approaches to incorporate open science at different stages of the scientific process and in policy decisions. Watch it here.

Webinar 4: July 8, 2022   Fostering international cooperation and reducing gaps in access to scientific knowledge through open science. This webinar will focus on ways to promote international cooperation in the context of open science, with a view towards reducing digital, technological and knowledge gaps between and within countries. Watch it here.



  • Open Access Days – September 19-21, 2022 | University Library of Bern
    Further information will be published on the event page.
  • Diamond Open Access Conference – September 19-20, 2022 | Science Europe
    Please note that participation in the conference is limited to those individuals and organisations who have endorsed the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access. Note that endorsement of the Action Plan is still open and we welcome additional organisations who wish to help strengthen the community and contribute to moving forward Diamond Open Access publishing practices.

    This Diamond Open Access conference is the first hybrid event for the community of organisations and individuals who endorsed the Action Plan for Diamond OA. It follows two webinars in which members of this community could already meet and discuss online; these took place on 22 April and 7 July. The conference is co-organised by Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR).

    The goal of the event is to further bring together the community, to provide insights and inspiration to operationalise the Action Plan based on existing good practices, with a vision to develop future common services.

    It is also foreseen to introduce to the Horizon Europe project ‘Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication’ (DIAMAS, 2022–2025). This project, to be launched on 1 September, has the objective to contribute to the development of a coherent, high-quality, and sustainable Open Access scholarly communication ecosystem.

    For more information about the conference click here.
  • Science Europe Open Science Conference 2022 – October 18-19, 2022 | Brussels & hybrid
    Science Europe is organising its first conference on Open Science on 18 and 19 October 2022. The goal is to bring together institutional leaders, researchers at all stages of their careers, and experts from the field to discuss two main questions:
    • Is Open Science ready to become the norm in research?
    • How do we ensure an equitable transition to Open Science?
    For more information regarding this conference, please feel free to click here



Swiss Citizen Science Conference 2023 – Call for Participation open now!

CitSciHelvetia is the Swiss Citizen Science Conference. CitSciHelvetia connects Swiss stakeholders in Citizen Science and participatory research in general, promoting the exchange of experiences and shared learning between the three language and cultural regions. It serves as the platform for professional exchange with Science et Cité hosting the second Swiss Citizen Science Conference. 

CitSciHelvetia'23 will take place on March 29 and 30, 2023 at Landhaus Solothurn under the motto “Citizen Science – Making impact participatory!”.

The conference invites project leaders and project staff of Citizen Science projects, representatives of universities, research institutions, NGOs and associations as well as people who engage themselves in Citizen Science on an institutional level. In addition, the conference addresses representatives of science communication, transdisciplinary and participatory research, and Open Science.

Interested persons and institutions may now submit suggestions for contributions to the conference. The "Call for Participation" is open until September 20, 2022. Interested parties are cordially invited to submit contributions to the conference via this link.

For more info:

In the coming months, the CitSciHelvetia'23 website will be continuously updated.


UNESCO’s Global Call for Best Practices in Open Science

To assist the implementation of the its Recommendation on Open Science, UNESCO has launched a Global Call for Best Practices to collect best practices in open science at individual, institutional, national, regional and international levels with a particular focus on the seven priority areas highlighted in the Recommendation (p. 20 available here). The resulting compendium of best practices will be broadly disseminated and will be available for everyone’s use.

UNESCO is inviting anyone involved in an open science initiative that is considered to serve as a good practice to share their input via a form, available in English, French or Spanish.


Interview with Dr. Stephanie Dawson – ScienceOpen

Stephanie Dawson, CEO of discovery platform  ScienceOpen – shared insights from her experience in the following interview with “Experience Karger”.

The interview can be found here.


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 of swissuniversities

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