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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, September 2023

Dear colleagues,

We’re happy to share with you updates related to Open Access and Open Research Data tools, events, as well as the latest news from the swissuniversities Open Science Programme.

Subscribe to this newsletter here and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for updates in the meantime.

Would you like to announce your OA or ORD event or share an update from your Open Science project? We invite you to send us your news item to by the first Monday of each month (e.g. 2 Oct, 2023 for the October Newsletter).

Many thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team at swissuniversities



Open Access Call for Communication & Awareness Raising Projects

The Open Science Programme of swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on Awareness Raising & Communication on a rolling basis.

With this call, you can fund Open Access communication and awareness raising activities with a national and/or a regional scope.

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".

For more information about this call, see the guidelines here.


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 .



22 Sept: PLATO Webinar on ‘Best Practices in Diamond Open Access Publishing’

The PLATO project offers two webinars for editors of Diamond Open Access journals to learn more about current standards and best practices as well as sustainability and funding. Both webinars will be held in English.

Time: 15 Sept, 11am–12pm and 22 Sept, 11am–12pm; please register here.


27 September: launch of the SWISS EOSC coffee break series: data challenges in the life sciences

The SWISS EOSC COFFEE is a series of online events organized by “Switzerland and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) for researchers”. In the first “online coffee break” Jessica Lindvall (Associate Professor, Stockholm University) will talk about the data challenges in the life sciences and the relationship between EOSC and the European Life Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information (ELIXIR). Jessica is the deputy Head of Node of ELIXIR Sweden and chairs the EOSC Task Force “Upskilling Countries to Engage in EOSC”. The Swiss EOSC expert team will be represented by Lucy Poveda, Scientific Relations Manager at SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Node coordinator of ELIXIR Switzerland. Lucy will provide an overview of the SIB activities and moderates the discussion with the participants.

Who should participate? Everyone who is interested in Open Science and Open Data, and how Switzerland is involved to unlock the full potential of research data to accelerate discoveries and innovation.

When, 27 Sept, noon. Join the zoom call, no registration needed.

More information: the report "ELIXIR EOSC Strategy 2022" is available on Zenodo:


5 October: Outcome of the project ‘Regulatory Framework’

The results of the project Regulatory Framework will be presented by the project team on October 5.

Regulatory Framework is an Open Access project financed by swissuniversities. It focuses on secondary publication right and Open Access as a regulatory challenge in Switzerland.

Venue: Haus der Universität, Berne.

Time: 10:15am to 12:15am. Please register by 3 Oct. 2023 at Admission is free of charge. The number of participants is limited.


11 October: Lecture of the Swiss Year of Scientometrics (SYoS)

We invite you to the second lecture of SYoS held by Emanuel Kulczycki, Professor of Scholarly Communication at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. This lecture is organised in collaboration with the Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS): Reframing scientometrics: How ontological understanding of science influences what we count and how we interpret it by Professor Emanuel Kulczycki (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Venue: Room LEE E 101 at ETH Zurich, Campus Zentrum

Time: 11 October 2023, 17.00–18.30; please register here.


23-29 October 2023: International Open Access Week

In a joint effort, several Swiss universities and libraries organise the International Open Access Week. This year, the event has the guiding theme “Community over Commercialisation". The progamme comprises a mix of virtual, hybrid and in-person events offered in English, German or French.

Information and registration: visit the Swiss #OAWEEKCH23 website 



Welcome to the University of Neuchâtel as a new member of SWISSUbase

SWISSUbase would like to welcome the University of Neuchâtel as a new member of the SWISSUbase consortium. The consortium is a partnership between the University of Lausanne, the University of Zürich and FORS (the Swiss centre of expertise in the social sciences).

The mission of SWISSUbase is to serve the Swiss scientific community to preserve and share research data for future reuse. As a SWISSUbase member, the University of Neuchâtel will provide services for their University researchers across all faculties, including guidance to prepare and deposit data and services to review and curate data submissions.

All members of the SWISSUbase consortium provide direct services to researchers of their specific community or institution to promote the sharing of open research data.

More information: SWISSUbase.


PALOMERA Survey on Open Access Book Policies

PALOMERA is an EU-funded project that addresses the role, which academic books continue to play in scholarly production, particularly in the social sciences and humanities

More information:

This survey is a contribution to an extensive collection of data on the needs, obstacles and challenges of policy-making for open access books. Based on the evidence given by the survey results, PALOMERA will provide actionable recommendations for the development of open access book policies on the European, national and institutional level. By taking part in this survey, you are making a contribution to the research needed to speed up the transformation of the book market to open access.

Access the survey here (open for participation until 15 September 2023).



Join Our Team: Exciting Job Opportunities at swissuniversities

Have a look at the open positions and internship opportunities in the areas of Higher Education Policy, Teaching, and Research and Development.

More information can be found here.

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