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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, March 2023

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter, which informs you regularly about our programme and its scope: From general updates on the Open Science Programme, to Open Access and Open Research Data tools, events, and open positions.

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We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your own news. They can be Open Science events, conferences, workshops, open positions, and relevant news related to Open Science projects or mandates taking place in Switzerland and abroad. Send us the English title and text of your news item to at the latest by the first Monday of each month (with the exception of January and August, when no newsletter is published).

With thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities




Open Access Call for Projects: Open Action Lines for 2023

The Open Science Program of swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on the following action lines by Wednesday, 31 May 2023.

  1. Participation to international initiatives
  2. Alternative forms of publication
  3. Research assessment
  4. Setting up of shared services & e-infrastructures

More information regarding the Open Access Implementation Plan, the relevant action lines and the requirements are available in the document "Open Action Lines for the 2023 Open Access Call for Projects".

All relevant information about this call is published under this link and in the document section located on the right side of the website.

You can find the contacts of Open Access officers at Swiss higher education institutions on our website. If there are any changes at your institution, please .


ORD: Swiss Open Research Data Grants

swissuniversities and the ETH Domain jointly organise the Swiss Open Research Data Grants programme. This collaboration enables coherent and broad bottom-up support for ORD practices across disciplines and higher education institutions in Switzerland, thereby facilitating synergies and complementarities.

Newly funded projects in Track A and Track B

These days, several Swiss higher education institutions are embarking on the implementation of their ORD projects. 14 Track A Explore projects and 16 Track B Establish projects were approved for funding by the Delegation Open Science. "With these initiatives, researchers and research communities in Switzerland are taking an important step towards implementing the ORD Strategy. This allows us to ensure the high quality of research results and to contribute to the visibility and impact of research," says Jean-Marc Piveteau, President of the Delegation Open Science.

More information on the approved projects:

See also our communication on the newly founded projects here.

Track A “Explore projects” – Third call

A third call for proposals for Track A “Explore projects” has been issued.
The call is open from 16 March 2023 until 2 June 2023.

Track A encompasses early-phase exploration as well as the testing and prototyping of a potential ORD practice. It allows for engagement with a community without necessarily creating a final product. The objective is to help researchers explore if and how ORD practices can be developed.

The application guidelines for Track A  are available here. Proposals may be submitted until 2 June 2023. Further information can be found on the Swiss Open Research Data Grants website.



ORD: Newly funded projects in action line B5.2 Data Stewardship

Action line B5.2 of the ORD Action Plan aims to promote data stewardship and ORD specialists at all higher education and research institutions. A call was issued in summer of 2022 where higher education institutions were invited to describe their ideas and intentions for building up data stewardship at their institution in the form of an action plan. 25 projects at 31 higher education institutions were approved by the Delegation Open Science and will advance the professionalisation of data stewards and services in the coming months. Data stewards manage and improve access to research data within their institution and act as a link and advisor between researchers and IT, libraries, and data infrastructure.

A list of approved projects can be found here. All action plans are also published on our website.




Diamond OA Publishing in Switzerland: Where we stand now and the road ahead

The webinar took place on Thursday, 23 February, 2023. Dr. Daniela Hahn gave an overview of the key findings of the PLATO study on Diamond OA publishing in Switzerland.

The event was an opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges ahead towards more equitable, affordable, and diverse scholarly publishing.
For those who missed the event, the slides are available online, and the PLATO Study Report was published in January 2023.

We encourage you to check the report and the data set, which can be found here:


Data Set:




Open Science Days - May 08-09, 2023 | HES-SO

The HES-SO is organising two days dedicated to Open Science on 8-9 May 2023. They will be held in Yverdon-les-Bains at the Haute École d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud. These interdisciplinary days include conferences and workshops on different dimensions of Open Science. The days are free of charge and open to all interested people.

The programme and registration form will be soon available on the event page.



  • Scientific collaborator (80-100 %), Open Science    |    swissuniversities
  • Co-Coordinator (80–100 %), Open Science    |    swissuniversities
  • Academic internship (80-100 %), Division Higher Education Policy    |    swissuniversities

swissuniversities is looking for motivated and committed staff who would like to work on promoting Open Science and shaping higher education policy in Switzerland. Three positions are currently being published. If you are interested in these exciting tasks and would like to become part of a dynamic team, then please follow the link to the job descriptions.

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