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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, April 2024

Dear colleagues,

We’re happy to share with you updates related to Open Access and Open Research Data tools and 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 6th May 2024 for the May Newsletter.

Many thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities


Federal project contributions (PgB): Information on the Open Science II programme (2025-2028)

In December 2023, swissuniversities submitted the programme proposal for the PgB Open Science II to the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions (SHK / CSHE). In terms of content, the proposed Open Science II programme continues the work of its predecessor, Open Science I. It aims to further consolidate and strategically develop Open Science in Swiss Higher Education Institutions and research communities. It focusses on three dimensions: Open Access to Scientific Publications (OA), Open Research Data (ORD) and other innovative areas of Open Science. 

Federal funding of CHF 30 million has been requested for the Open Science II programme. The application, which still has to be approved by the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions (SHK / CSHE), is already available in both German and French on the swissuniversities website. Information is also available on the four other PgB programmes that have been applied for as part of the ERI Dispatch for the period 2025-2028. 

Preliminary information on the calls for proposals for the new Open Science Programme is expected to be published in the second half of 2024.


24 April 2024, Open Access Alliance

The next meeting of the Open Access Alliance will take place on Wednesday, 24 April 2024, from 14:15 to 16:45 in Bern. All interested parties are welcome.

Most of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion of the PgB Open Science II. In December 2023, swissuniversities submitted a proposal to the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions to continue the work of the predecessor programme Open Science I; the OS II programme aims at a sustainable consolidation and strategic development of Open Science in Swiss higher education institutions and research communities. 

At the OAA meeting, swissuniversities will inform about key aspects of the proposed programme regarding Open Access as well as its relationship to the revised National Open Access Strategy. Attendees will then participate in discussion workshops on possible ways to implement the OS II programme. Given the wide focus of this meeting, all current OA project leaders or representatives from all OA projects as well as further interested parties are invited to attend.

In order to register for the OAA meeting and to receive the agenda, please contact


19 June 2024, Webinar: When Green meets Diamond Open Access

Green Open Access and Diamond Open Access refer to different models of scholarly open access publishing which at first glance do not share many connections. However, they could be seen as strong partners in aiming for a more sustainable and affordable scholarly communication system.

In this webinar, we aim at exploring the links, perceptions, and challenges of both Green and Diamond Open Access and the question of how we can seize opportunities and synergies in our goals to enhance non-commercial open access publishing. The discussion will therefore touch upon issues such as institutional publishing infrastructures, rights retention, and international connectivity.

This webinar is a joint venture between the project «GOAL – Unlocking the Green Open Access Potential» and the project «PLATO – Platinum Open Access Funding» – both co-funded by swissuniversities.

Inputs by Enrique Corredera Nilsson (GOAL) and Daniela Hahn (PLATO). Moderation: Thomas Leibundgut (swissuniversities)

When: 19 June, 12.45pm-1.45pm, online via MS Teams, register here.


24 April 2024: Next lecture of the Swiss Year of Scientometrics (SYoS)

We kindly invite you to the fourth lecture of SYoS organised in collaboration with CHESS (Center for Higher Education and Science Studies) by Professor Ludo Waltman on:

“Openness of research information – Democratizing the use of scientometrics”

Registration for the lecture:

Visit the SYoS blog for more information on Scientometrics:


7th May 2024: Workshop on Open Research Data – How can data be reused in a meaningful way?

As part of the PgB project "Data stewardships at small and medium-sized universities of teacher education" supported by swissuniversities, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET and PH Schwyz, in collaboration with PH St.Gallen, PH Thurgau and the Intercantonal University of Heilpädagogik (HfH), are organising a workshop on "Open Research Data - How can data be reused in a meaningful way?". 

Two keynote speeches on the re-use of qualitative and quantitative data and four different workshops will be offered in the afternoon, providing opportunities for the exchange of practice and knowledge as well as for networking. Participation in the keynote (also possible online) and in the workshops is open to all. You are invited and encouraged to bring your own examples from practice or open questions from research projects. 

  • Keynotes
  1. Potenzial von Sekundäranalysen qualitativer Daten
  2. Sekundäranalyse von quantitativen Daten
  • Workshops
  1. Exploring the Re-use of Quantitative Data (Presented in English)
  2. Qualitativer Re-use – Erfahrungen, Herausforderungen, Chancen
  3. Wiederverwendung von Daten in den Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften
  4. Forschungsfragen, Hypothesen und Studiendesigns präregistrieren

Venue: Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training, Zollikofen; Time: 13:30-17:00 (followed by an Apéro). 

Please register here until 23. April 2024, Language of the event is German. Find more information and updates on the event here.


31 May 2024: Public event on "Open Research Data – are we on track?

The aim of Open Research Data (ORD) is to make scientific data available in a transparent way as well as for reproducibility and reuse purposes. Switzerland published its ORD Strategy in 2021, and an Action Plan in 2022. With the experience gained so far, it is time to reflect on these developments: How well is ORD accepted, implemented and applied? What intended benefits could have been realised so far? Are risks and challenges well accounted for? The conference is organized by the Swiss Academy of Science, the programme can be found here:

Friday, 31 May 2024, 3-5 pm

Hotel Kreuz, Zeughausgasse 41, Bern

Conference language is English. The conference is open for all, and attendance is free of charge. Please register by 20 May 2024:


10th to 11th June 2024: Swiss Reproducibility Conference 2024, Registration is open now!

Register now for the Swiss Reproducibility Conference, taking place June, 10 - 11, 2024 in Zürich. 

This is the first ever national conference on all topics related to reproducibility including the National Reproducibility Awards. Keynote speakers at the conference are: 

  • Tim Errington, Center for Open Science
  • Anne-Laure Boulesteix, University München
  • Iolanda Pensa, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • Christopher Chambers, Cardiff University
  • Sarah de Rijcke, Leiden University
  • Tracey Weissgerber, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, QUEST Center for Responsible Research

The registration fee covers all conference activities (scientific talks, coffee breaks, lunches, award ceremony and apéro riche, workshops/hackathon) held during 10th and 11th June 2024 as indicated in the conference program. When registering, you have to choose in which optional activities (award ceremony, workshops etc.) you will participate in. The number of participants in the workshops and the hackathon is limited. So book your slot now.

Registration is open until 27.5.2024.

All details are available on the conference website Direct link to registration here.


The CLARIN-CH working group monthly webinar series in 2024

The CLARIN-CH working group “Management of sensitive and personal data, ethical and legal issues for linguistic data” is organizing a monthly webinar series in 2024 on the topic of sensitive and personal data. Events take place 12am-1pm online on Zoom. No registration is necessary.

The event series started in February with Brian Kleiner (FORS) on the legal aspects of data protection. Further talks will focus on the technical aspects of data protection, anonymization of textual data, video and audio files, on intellectual property rights, the collecting and sharing of social media data, cross-border projects and legal aspects of sharing and reusing linguistic data. 

The full program is available here.



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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