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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, May 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




Closing Soon: Open Access Call for Projects: Open Action Lines

The Open Science Programme 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".

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 .


ORD: B5.2 Data Stewardship – Poster Session – 26 April 2023

On 26 April, the Kuppelraum of the University Berne was the scene of an inspiring poster session. Project leaders who had submitted their action plans under the B5.2 action line took the opportunity to present their projects and engage in constructive dialogue. The main aim of the event was to promote networking and the creation of synergies between the different projects.

You’ll find a compilation of the posters on our website.


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 C

Track C “Contribute projects” enable researchers to contribute to existing open communities built on ORD principles, validate their integration into existing infrastructures, and to focus on their potential to improve scientific impact and technical quality.

The first call in this track was issued from 2 October to  2 December 2023. 2 projects have now been approved for funding by the Delegation Open Science. More information on the approved projects can be found here.

The second call for proposals for Track C will be issued from 2 June 2023 to 2 August 2023. Further information can be found on the Swiss Open Research Data Grants website.




Workshops on Copyright & Second Publication Right – 6/12/13 June 2023

Within the project Regulatory Framework financed by swissuniversities, CCdigitlalaw is proposing 3 Workshops on the topic of Copyright & Second Publication Right in Switzerland. The workshops are addressed to all researchers in Switzerland who are curious to learn more about the possibilities of the second publications (the green road of Open Access).

The workshops will cover the following topics: When is a work protected by copyright and for how long? Who is the author and who the right holder? What are Creative Commons Licenses? What is the role of the 5 Swiss Collecting Societies? Open Access and Second Publication Right: what is currently possible and in what directions are current discussions going?

Visit the event page to check out the workshop locations and dates, and to register.


Invitation to the swissuniversities Webinar, 25 May 2023, 4-5pm

GOAL – Unlocking the Green Open Access potential to close the gap

During the past twenty years Open Access has changed the way we publish and how we access information. And yet, there is still a lot that can be done. The world of professional and practice-oriented journals, a large field of its own, has not been in the focus of Open Access strategies yet.

This kind of publications are still left out of the picture notwithstanding the role they play for universities of applied sciences and of teachers’ education and, from a more global perspective, the relevant role they can play with the expansion of Open Science into broader public.

In this webinar we highlight the impact of professional and practice-oriented journals to academic publishing. As these publications often arise from collaborations with non-academic experts or private partners, they also play an important role for Citizen Science.

The GOAL project can decisively contribute to include this kind of publications and their stakeholders into the National Open Access Strategy and make them more visible in the world of academic publishing. By targeting a cooperation between Universities of Applied Science/Teacher Education and national players such as professional societies or small publishers, GOAL closes the gap to the field of bigger players which have strongly been in the focus of the National OA Strategy so far.

Input by Dr. Enrique Corredera Nilsson, GOAL Project coordinator,

Followed by a Q&A and discussion moderated by the Open Science team

Register here by 23 May to receive the MS Teams Link.


OLOS webinar – OLOS in Action! – 06 June 2023 – 13:30 CEST

The OLOS Association’s team is pleased to invite you to join the free webinar, OLOS in Action!, for a fast paced introduction and demonstration of the Swiss-based integrated data management solution OLOS. OLOS is the main deliverable of the Data Life-Cycle Management project, from swissuniversities P-5 Program. Its portal allows the long-term preservation of any kind of research data and documentation, and their access and reuse management.

This webinar is addressed to researchers, PhD students, research advisors, librarians, and to any person working with research data. It will be an occasion to get introduced to OLOS, and to see a demo during which will be to shown scenarios of Deposit, Collection and Access Control. At the end, a time will be dedicated to your questions.

For more information regarding this webinar and for registration, please feel free to click here.




Call for Participation at the ScienceComm ­ 3 November 2023

Submit your contribution until 18 May 2023. This year’s conference focuses on how to get «from knowledge to dialogue to action» as well as addressing new target audiences with ‘scientainment, gamification, storytelling and fun’.

Detailed information on the call for contributions, deadlines and participation modalities can be found here. Entries can only be submitted online.


Swiss Year of Scientometrics: Promoting Responsible Use of Research Performance Indicators

Recognizing the importance of scientometric indicators in assessing research performance, the ETH Library has launched the “Swiss Year of Scientometrics” (SYoS). This project, funded by swissuniversities, aims to promote responsible and contextually appropriate use of these indicators.

As part of SYoS, the ETH Library will be organising four lectures that will be held in June, October, February and April. Each lecture will be accompanied by a workshop as well as blog posts. All of the dates and details of the events will be published in this blog.




Postdoctoral researcher position: Knowledge Management in the Digital Botanical Gardens Initiative - University of Fribourg

A postdoctoral researcher position is available at the COMMONS Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The candidate will develop and implement computational solutions to establish and manage a Knowledge Graph documenting the chemo diversity of living systems using both untargeted metabolomics data and semantic web technologies.

More information can be found here.


Join Our Team: Exciting Internship Opportunities at swissuniversities

We’re excited to announce three university internship opportunities in the areas of Higher Education Policy, Teaching, and Research and Development. As interns, you will have the chance to work in a challenging, dynamic, and varied environment, providing an optimal platform for networking and professional growth. Don’t miss this chance to contribute to and learn from our dedicated teams!

More information can be found here.


A message from the Co-Coordinator of the Open Science Programme – Open Access

After a PhD in the humanities and more than 10 years of international experience working with international organizations and academia, Dr Aude Bax de Keating wishes to move her focus on to her first love, the humanities. As a result, she will transition professionally to dedicate herself to the tailored support, training and coaching of professionals. Dr Aude Bax de Keating will be leaving swissuniversities by the end of October 2023 and can be reached at:

Personally, and on behalf of swissuniversities, we would like to thank Aude for her commitment and wish her all the best and continued success in her future career.

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