Making Open Science the new normal

Konstantinos Repanas1

1Policy Officer, Open Science | European Commission



The talk will target two enablers of Open Science policies: responsible research data management, in line with the FAIR principles, and the development of supporting infrastructure such as the European Open Science Cloud. Responsible research data management will be key in mainstreaming Open Science policies under the next framework programme, Horizon Europe, through mandatory data management plans for all projects that generate or collect research data, and by introducing data management considerations as an element on which applicants can be evaluated. The European Open Science Cloud is a vibrant and collaborative ecosystem on which strategic work continues to be done along many facets (FAIR, architecture, sustainability, landscape, rules of participation, and training and skills). The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, set EOSC as a top-level political priority in her World Trade Forum intervention in Davos and the talk will describe how the European Commission is delivering on this priority, while ensuring the maximum community consultation and participation.


Kostas Repanas is a policy officer at the Open Science Unit, in the Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission. Kostas is mainly involved in the data and interoperability aspects of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), as well as in advancing the Open Science agenda of the Commission. He is a long-standing advocate for Open Access, Open Data and Open Science, having previously worked for EMBL Heidelberg, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-STAR) in Singapore, and the EU ESFRI landmark project ELIXIR. He is a co-organiser of the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model WG and a member of the EOSC FAIR WG. Kostas is also the co-founder of the Asian Open Access community (Asia OA) launched at the 7th RDA Plenary in Tokyo, in collaboration with the National Institute of Informatics (NII-Japan) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Crystallography from the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.


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