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Advancing Open Science in the EU and the US

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Open science is a movement to make scientific research, data, and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. This includes open access to the outputs of scientific research, such as data and publications; and, open opportunities to participate in the research process. For example, citizen science, is a paradigm where the public participates voluntarily in the scientific process, addressing real-world problems.

The international scientific community is now embracing open science approaches. In the European Union (EU), Commissioner Carlos Moedas has set three goals for research and innovation policy: Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World. In the United States (US), the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act was signed into law in January 2018. But despite such high-level support, more work is needed to understand and measure the value of open science policies, and to understand how to foster international cooperation in this area.

This workshop seeks to bring together policymakers, funders, researchers, and other supporters of open science to discuss the opportunities and challenges for international cooperation in open science and related paradigms. The workshop will begin with keynote speeches and panels reporting on what has already been accomplished in the EU and US, and sharing goals as well as concrete plans for future work. Workshop attendees will also discuss opportunities for enhanced international cooperation in open science, including potential partnerships between stakeholders in the EU and US. Topics will include:

  • How to enhance open access, including through open publishing and open data
  • Alternative or next generation metrics for evaluating the impacts of open science policies and/or activities
  • The relationship between different open science initiatives, such as open hardware, citizen science, and open data
  • Effective policy levers for supporting and advancing open science
  • Infrastructure for supporting and advancing open science, including the European Open Science Cloud and projects in the US like


The workshop is co-hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the BILAT 4.0 project, and the European Commission, through the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP).

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Tentative Agenda

Morning Sessions -- Open to the public with live webcast

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Coffee and registration

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome remarks

  • Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

  • Mary Kavanagh, Minister-Counselor for Research and Innovation, EU Delegation.


9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Plenary panel -- Policy Perspectives from the US and EU

The goal of this panel is to explore, from a high-level policy perspective, past and ongoing efforts to support open science in the US and the EU. As an outcome of this panel, workshop attendees should have a strong understanding of the policies that support and limit open science activities.

  • Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC, Moderator

  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, DG RTD, European Commission

  • Elizabeth Kittrie, National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, US

  • Richard Gold, McGill University, Canada


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Coffee break

11:15 a.m.. – 12:30 p.m. Open Science Metrics

Discussion of open science metrics, including frameworks such as next generation metrics, altmetrics, and broader impacts for evaluating the impacts of open science policies and/or activities.

  • René von Schomberg, DG RTD, European Commission, Moderator

  • J. Britt Holbrook, New Jersey Institute of Technology, US

  • Rebecca Lawrence, Representing the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), EU

  • Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science, UK


Lunch (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Afternoon Sessions – Open to the public with webcasting through 3:30

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Open Science Infrastructure in the US and EU

The goal of this panel is to explore and discuss infrastructure, including websites and open data portals, for supporting open science activities in the US and EU. Panelists should consider the degree that different infrastructure is used or usable to international groups.


  • Stephanie Christel, Eco-Management Analyst, U.S. Department of State. Moderator.
  • Anne Bowser, Director of Innovation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, US
  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, European Commission, EU
  • Rion Dooley, University of Texas – Austin, US


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. FAIR Data Panel

The goal of this panel is to discuss what we need to move beyond open and into FAIR data, and to discuss the collection and exchange of FAIR data in an international context.

  • Raleigh Martin, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow based at NSF, Moderator

  • Daniel Mietchen, Data Scientist, University of Virginia (Virtual)

  • Barend Mons, GO FAIR Director of International Support and Coordination Office

  • Shelley Stall, Director, Data Programs, American Geophysical Union


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Coffee and working session on the future of open science

Roundtable discussions on advancing open science in line with key workshop topics. These discussions should consider opportunities for EU-US cooperation.

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Report back

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Closing panel

A brief discussion of next steps for supporting open science in the US and EU.

  • Anne Bowser, Director, Innovation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, US, Moderator

  • René von Schomberg, DG RTD, European Commission

  • Jared Banks, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, US Department of State

  • Bonnie Carroll, Secretary General, CODATA


Networking reception (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)