Open Science Conference

Date: 04/04/2016 - 05/04/2016

Open Science is a key priority of the Dutch Presidency. The Netherlands is committed to open access to scientific publications and the best possible re-use of research data, and it would like to accelerate the transition this requires.

On 4 April the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, will welcome participants to the Presidency Conference on Open Science. During the conference, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas will share his views on the importance of a joint approach to open science in Europe. In a panel discussion later in the day, a number of European officials will discuss ways of speeding up the culture shift and transition, how to bridge the gap between academia and society by sharing research findings in new ways, and how to work together, as member states, stakeholders and experts, to achieve these aims. At the end of the day Commissioner Moedas will launch the Open Science Policy Platform, and an informal visit and conference dinner will be held at Science Center NEMO.


On 5 April the focus will be on drafting the Amsterdam action agenda. This will be done in five break-out sessions (see below for details). In addition, informal discussions will be held on subjects including text and data mining, training and skills and research data management.