Open Science describes the current transition in how
research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for more transparent and
collaborative approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. This potential has been successfully tested - if only that - during pandemic
Open Science started as a vision, aiming to address
matters like research reproducibility and access to the results of publicly-funded research. The vision was generally welcome by academic and research institutions and benefited from a great
advocacy movement. It’s high time now to build on practice and effective management.
It is generally accepted in Europe that research
should be as open as possible and as close as necessary. Finding the borderline between the two is one of the most important tasks for practitioners, whether they belong to funders, research
organisations, their partners or researchers themselves.
Yet, this borderline is not sufficiently explored.
Guidelines based on feedback and learning from practice should be created, rather sooner than later.
This innovative approach to research has further
potential: to address existing inequalities and matters like inclusivity, ethics, better assessment or the missing links between science and society or to re-shape public-private
This Open Science event is organized by the Sapienza
University of Rome, supported by UCL’s (University College London) Global Engagement Office and the UCL Office for Open Science, with technical support by Scientific Knowledge Services
Emphasizing research practices, we will discuss the
role of research organisations to support this transition, both acting local and internationally.
The results of the workshops will be captured in a
formal report. The report is intended to be used by all involved partners, to advance the implementation of Open Science in their communities and their own institutions.
The language of this event is
The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot
interactions and follow-up opportunities.
Please feel welcomed to participate to the sessions
and to extend your professional network at the international level.
Our team is happy to announce a Steering Committee that will help us select the annual topics, the invited speakers and advise on best practices for delivering successful events.
The members of Open Science Workshops Steering Committee are:
- Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities).
- Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, UK.
- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).
- Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library.
- Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona
- Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services
Additionally, our local partners will be able to delegate a member to join our Steering Committee with reference to the respective event that will take place in their country.
2021 at 10 CEST
WHERE: online (link to be announced)
This one-day workshop will address the following
1. Evaluation and New Metrics
2. OS and Technology Transfer
Paul Ayris, Library Director UCL
Jean-Claude Burgelman, Vrije Universiteit
Dr Lizzie Gadd, Research Policy Manager at
Prof. Marco Oliverio, Sapienza University of Rome
Fabio Sciarrino, Sapienza University of Rome
Giovanni Destro Bisol, Sapienza University of Rome
Andrea Riccio, Sapienza University of Rome
(all times are Central European Summer
09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:10
Welcome notes: Antonella Polimeni, Rector of Sapienza University of Rome
Prof. Dr Antonella Polimeni, Sapienza
University of Rome
Antonella Polimeni is the Rectress of Sapienza since December 1,
At Sapienza, she has held numerous academic positions. The most recent
- Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for the three-year
academic period 2018-21
- Coordinator of the PhD in Skeletal and Orofacial Diseases since
- Coordinator of the Specialisation School in Paediatric Dentistry
- Director of the two-year Interfaculty Advanced Professional Course in
"Integrated Health and Safety Management in the Evolution of the World of Work".
She has directed the Complex Operating Unit of Paediatric Dentistry and
Odontostomatology since 2003 and the Head-Neck Integrated Activity Department at Policlinico Umberto I General Hospital in Rome.
Since 2021, she has chaired as Coordinator of the CRUI (Conference of
Italian University Rectors) Commission for Gender Equality.
The Opening Notes
Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK
Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services & UCL Office for
Open Science and Scholarship). He joined UCL in 1997.
Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research
Libraries) 2010-14. He was Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community for 10 years, ending in 2020. He also chairs OAI12 – The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in
Scholarly Communication. He is a member of the UUK High-Level Strategy Group on E-Resource purchasing for the Jisc community. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He
has served two terms of office as a member of the President’s and Provost’s Senior Management Team in UCL. On 1 October 2020, Dr Ayris launched the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship, of
which he is head.
He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English
Reformation Studies. In 2019, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Open Science – a blueprint for the university in the
This paper looks at the role and importance of Open Science as identified by LERU (League of European Research
Universities). It then shows how in UCL (University College London) those principles are put into practice via the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship. The paper looks at 2 areas of Open
Science – the development of new publishing models in UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press; and the adoption of the principles of the San Francisco Declaration and the
Leiden Manifesto in UCL’s academic Careers Framework. The paper concludes that Open Science does indeed represent a blueprint for the University of the 21st century, but that challenging choices
have to be made.
Jean-Claude Burgelman, Vrije Universiteit
Jean-Claude Burgelman is professor of Open Science Policies and
Practices at the Free University of Brussels; Faculty of Social Science and Solvay Business School. He retired on 1-3-2020 from the European Commission as Open Access Envoy and head of unit Open
Science at DG RTD. He and his team developed, since 2014, the EC’s polices on open science, the science cloud, open data and access.
He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in
the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies - IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European
Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) as adviser for innovation policy. Since 1-10-2008, he joined DG RTD, as advisor and then Head of Unit in charge of top level advisory boards
like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities.
Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at
the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of its Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been
visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He chaired the
World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.
He recently joined the Board of Directors of DONA and became the editor
in chief of Frontiers Policy Lab.
From H-Index to OS-Index. Incentivising the Open
Science Uptake Among Scientists by Highlighting Their Open Science Effort.
Most experts agree that a very important factor to accelerate the
uptake of open science is to establish a system of reward and incentives for it. In fact, the Achilles heel of open science is the lack of recognition for such work at the researcher's level. In
this paper, I will advocate a simple solution for this: Build an OS index!
Dr Lizzie Gadd, Research Policy Manager at
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd is a scholarly communications specialist
working as a Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University, UK. She chairs the INORMS Research Evaluation Group, the ARMA Research Evaluation SIG and the LIS-Bibliometrics
Forum. She founded The Bibliomagician Blog & was the recipient of the 2020 INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership.
Value-led research evaluation: a practical guide for
Enabling open research has been hampered by poor, publication-focussed
research evaluation mechanisms which start with the availability of bibliometric data, rather than with what the evaluator truly values about the entity under assessment. To support more
value-led approaches to research evaluation, the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Group (REG) have developed a five-stage framework called
‘SCOPE’. SCOPE starts (S) with what we value about research and has been used by funders, universities and publishers to design evaluations that are (C ) context-sensitive, based on all options
(O) for evaluating, and probe (P) deeply to mitigate against unintended consequences, prior to running an evaluation (E ). This session will outline the benefits of the SCOPE framework and use
case studies to demonstrate how it can be applied in practice.
Marco Oliverio, Deputy Rector to Quality and Enhancement of Research at Sapineza
University of Rome
Marco Oliverio was born in Rome on October 31st 1964, and received a
PhD in Evolutionary Biology in 1994. He is currently Professor of Zoology and of Systematic Biology at Sapienza University of Rome, where he is also Head of the Department of Biology and
Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin”, and Deputy Rector to Quality and Enhancement of Research. His research is centred on Evolutionary Biology with a focus on the patterns and dynamics of
biodiversity, and on the evolutionary processes, and marine molluscs as the preferred experimental model.His research activities span from data and sample collecting in the field, to the work in
a molecular systematics lab, eventually to data analysis in a bioinformatics framework. He has participated in and/or organized dozens of collecting expeditions at many distinct localities (from
the SW Pacific to the Indian Ocean, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Antarctic), shore-based and on-board international research vessels, logging more than 2000 scientific SCUBA dives. He has
published over 160 scientific papers (mostly on molluscs, but also on insects and vertebrates).
Implementing open access in a big general university:
a bottom up process
Sapienza policy for Open Access has been approved in February 2020 after a bottom up process of awareness and design that involved all relevant stakeholders. The aim of such a policy is to
promote open access to scientific literature to improve its visibility, increase its impact and communicate knowledge and scientific advances to civil society. To this regard, and in a University
of very large size, like Sapienza, a relevant role is played by the interaction among different university facilities: the institutional repository for publications, the university press and the
Ezio Tarantino, Sapienza University of Rome
Ezio Tarantino is director of the Library system of the La Sapienza University of Rome, where he has worked since 1993. Previously, he was head
of the library of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, then Director of the Library of the Department of Aeronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering and finally of the General
Library "E. Barone”of the Faculty of Economics. He was vice president of the CNBA (National Coordination of Architectural Libraries) in the three-year period 2001-2003. He has been a lecturer in
numerous training courses and speaker at conferences and seminars on all issues related to electronic bibliographic resources, from acquisition to rights management, e-books and open access.
Member of CARE (Italian National Consortium for the acquisition of bibliographic electronic resources) from 2014 to today.
Lightning talks speakers:
Fabio Sciarrino, Deputy Rector for International Competitive Research Strategies at
Sapienza University of Rome
Fabio Sciarrino is Deputy Rector for International Competitive Research
Strategies at Sapienza Università di Roma, Full Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Rome La Sapienza, Senior Research Fellow at the International School for Advanced Studies
Sapienza, SSAS. He is Principal Investigator of the Quantum Information Lab, Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome. In 2012 he was awarded an ERC-Starting Grant Consolidator funded
by the European Research Council for his project on integrated quantum photonics (3D-QUEST) and later in 2015 of the ERC-Proof of Concept 3D-COUNT. He was European coordinator of the Marie Curie
Network PICQUE project (Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding: www.picque.eu) of the Future and Emerging Technologies project QUCHIP (Photonics Quantum Simulator on a Chip: www.quchip.eu). He is currently coordinator of the European FET Open Project PHOQUSING and
has been awarded as principal investigator of ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant QU-BOSS
From Moedas 3O's strategy to Horizon Europe: the
growing attention towards open science
In 2015, the Eu Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, launched the 3Os strategy (Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the world) thus proposing "A new
start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation". Since then, Open Science has gained a growing attention from EU policy makers and it is now a key element for the Framework Programme
Horizon Europe that promotes the adoption of open science practices, from sharing research outputs as early and widely as possibly, to citizen science, and developing new indicators for
evaluation research and rewarding researchers.
Bisol, Professor of
Anthropology at Sapienza University of Rome
Paolo Anagnostou and Marco Capocasa
Giovanni Destro Bisol, currently Professor of Anthropology at Sapienza
Università di Roma, is a biological anthropologist interested in interdisciplinary studies of Open Science and Open Data, both from an empirical and theoretical point of view. He is member
of the board of the Associazione Italiana per la Scienza Aperta (AISA).
A light in the dark: open access to medical literature
and the COVID-19 pandemic
There is a small but intense light in the darkness of COVID-19: for the first time, the goal of "health information for all" seems to be within reach. There are, in fact, two "good news". First,
ninety percent of COVID-19 peer-reviewed articles have been published in open and immediate access, a major step up from the 50% open access rate, on average, for the ten deadliest human
diseases. Second, there is an easy, simple and effective way to harness the awareness of the importance of open science to human health shown by researchers and stakeholders during the pandemic.
By implementing the green road strategy we describe here, we could bridge a substantial portion of the open-access gap between COVID-19 and other human diseases.
Andrea Riccio, Head of Sapienza Research strategic projects and
Andrea Riccio Ph.D in 2015. MA in Communications in 2010. Head of
Sapienza Research strategic projects and evaluation, she is working on the implementation of strategic initiatives and viable strategies to favour the embedment of science to society. She is
responsible for the project Erasmus Plus EUSREXCEL aimed at creating a network of socially responsible universities and project coordinator of FIT4RRI H2020 project (successfully concluded in
October 2020) and RRIstart H2020 project (started in March 2021), whose main objective is to foster impactful investments for startups.
Open Science: a shared mission statement within CIVIS
CIVIS (https://civis.eu/) is one of the projects funded under the call for the
establishment of the European Universities and brings together 8 universities from all over Europe. Among CIVIS duties, a common mission statement for Open Science has been implemented taking
into consideration several relevant issues such as open educational resources, research indicators and next-generation metrics, open and FAIR data.