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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, June 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: 



Open Research Data

swissuniversities and the ETH Domain jointly organise the Swiss Open Research Data Grants programme. The collaboration enables coherent and broad bottom-up support for ORD practices across disciplines and higher education institutions in Switzerland, thereby facilitating the creation of synergies and complementarities. Furthermore, the collaboration ensures the efficient use of public funding available to swissuniversities and the ETH Domain.

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 pre-proposals (first application phase) has already been issued. The application guidelines are available here. Pre-proposals may be submitted up to 1 July 2022.

Track A: “Explore projects” 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.

Two calls for proposals are issued for this track. The first session opens at the end of June 2022 with a deadline of 1 August 2022. The second call will be issued from 31 October 2022 to 31 December 2022. The application guidelines and the application form will be available on our website by the end of June.

An overview of the current calls for proposals in the field of ORD can be found on our website.


Webinar: Swiss Open Research Data Action Plan - Overview & Next Steps

On 19 May 2022, the webinar "Swiss Open Research Data Action Plan: Overview & Next Steps" took place, informing participants about the implementation of the action lines that are the responsibility of swissuniversities. The webinar focused in particular on the upcoming calls for proposals to support open research data practices and data stewardship.

The slides of the webinar are available under this link.

If there are any further questions on this topic, feel free to contact Dr. Katja Fiechter or Marc Aeby directly.


Call for Tenders – Regulatory Framework

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

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


P-5 Scientific Information programme (2013-2021) closing event

On June 1st, a closing event of the P-5 programme took place in Bern at the Haus der Universität. Project leaders and partners met for a joint exchange to share best practices and lessons learned in this constellation, strengthen contacts, and joined forces for the future.

On behalf of the Open Science programme, we would like to thank everyone for actively participating in this event, and we are looking forward to the next phase of the Open Science programme.

At the same time, we would like to remind you of our website, where we have collected numerous outcomes of the P-5 programme and presented them at a conference in autumn 2021. The keynotes and videos of these outcomes are available online.




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.




(Senior) Specialist for Open Science (70 - 80 %) – Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences
Start date: September 1st or as per agreement

The Swiss Academies participate in the implementation of the national Action Plan Open Research Data (ORD). This includes tasks such as the creation and organizational support of a permanent body of researchers (Sounding Board Researchers) from various disciplines and methodological research practices who are working intensively on ORD. This board advises the ORD Strategy Council and provides the necessary expertise from the perspective of Swiss researchers for the implementation of the ORD Action Plan. In addition, its future tasks include the development of ORD advocacy programs, the establishment of long-term networks and the awarding of an ORD prize. This new business area will be financed from 2022 to 2024 by project-bound contributions from swissuniversities (PgB); for the period from 2025 to 2028, federal funding has been requested.

A detailed job offer is available online.




  • 1st Open Science Train the Trainer Bootcamp – June 06-10, 2022  | online
    Today’s research support staff and other intermediaries need to adapt further to the ever-changing RDM, Open Science and Open Access landscape. With this in mind, OpenAIRE present their 2022 online Bootcamp focusing on “21st-century scholarly communication” to provide training for these individuals who want to train researchers and students.
    Further information can be found here.
  • 17th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC22) – June 13-16, 2022  | online
    IDCC22 will focus on the topic of Reusability.

    The conference will be held online. As usual, the programme will feature keynote speakers, paper presentations, posters, workshops, and other activities of interest to the IDCC attendees.

    Further information can be found here.
  • Open Access Days – September 19-21, 2022 | University Library of Bern
    Further information will be published on the event page.
  • 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?


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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