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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, January 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.

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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 5 Feb 2024 for the February Newsletter.

Many thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities


Newly funded ORD projects

ORD Action Line C2.2: RDM-Training in Curricula

On 1 January 2024, two new projects – “RDM Campus Luzern” led by the University of Lucerne and “RDM@SSM” at USI – have started under Action Line C2.2 of the ORD Action Plan. Their aim is to develop model curriculums that integrate research data management (RDM) into the training of PhD students and junior researchers. Find here more information on the approved projects, including their abstracts.

ORD Action Line D1.3: Incentives and Rewards

The “Recognise ORD” (recORD) project has been approved for funding under the call for Action Line D1.3 of the ORD Action Plan. The project brings together 12 Swiss higher education institutions, including the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and FORS, as national research data infrastructure, to take a joint step forward in studying how Open Research Data (ORD) practices should be recognised and valued in the assessment of research proposals, in the assessment of research personnel during recruitment and career development as well as in the assessment of research performing institutions. More information on the project, which has started on 1 January 2024, can be found in this document.


15-17 January 2024: Presentations on “Sharing and Curating Open Data in Musculoskeletal Imaging Research”

The Open and Reproducible Musculoskeletal Imaging Research (ORMIR) community is organizing a workshop on January 15-18 in Zurich entitled “Sharing and Curating Open Data in Musculoskeletal Imaging Research”.

Three presentations will be open to the public:

  • “Data Sharing for the CHAIMELEON project.” Speaker: Ricard Martinez (University of Valencia); 15th January 2024 at 2:20pm; online 
  • “Open is not enough.” Speaker: Tim Smith (CERN); 16th January 2024 at 5pm; Auditorium of the Schulthess Klinic (Lengghalde 2, Zurich) and online
  • “The SPHN data-enabling framework: From routinely collected healthcare to FAIR research data.” Speaker: Katrin Crameri (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) and Patrick Hirschi (University Hospital Zurich); 17th January 2024 at 5pm; Auditorium of Balgrist University Hospital and online

Please, register here.


31 January 2024: Invitation to the Open Access Strategy Review Event in Bern

Presentation of the draft of the revised Open Access Strategy by two members of the Advisory Committee: 

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger, Vice President Faculty Affairs and Scientific Information, University of Zurich
  • Christine Pirinoli, Vice-Rector Research and Innovation, HES-SO 

Followed by a panel discussion.

Time & Venue: University of Bern, Uni S, 14h-17h

Places are limited. Please register until 18 January 2024.


8 March 2024: Diamond Open Access Conference in Switzerland “Acting Together for Sustainable Scholar-Led Publishing”

On 8 March 2024, the Platinum Open Access Funding project will host the first national Diamond Open Access Conference in Switzerland “Acting Together for Sustainable Scholar-Led Publishing”. The one-day conference seeks to raise awareness for scholar-led and community-owned scholarly publishing and will bring together the Swiss Diamond Open Access community around issues of sustainability. The conference programme can be found here.

Time: Friday, 8 March 2024, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: PROGR, Waisenhausplatz 30, 3011 Bern

Conference language is English. The conference is open for all and attendance is free of charge. 

Please register by 1 March 2024 by using the following link:


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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