What's up at Young Universities?
June 2020
Hello and welcome to the June YERUN Newsletter! Inspired by the recently published Final Report of the Open Science Policy Platform, the focus of this month's newsletter is on Open Science. YERUN is fully committed to the implementation of Open Science and this newsletter is the result of a quick tour across our network to have an overview on the state of play of Open Science initiatives among our members. From escape rooms to citizen engagement, there are so many ways in which the academic community can be aware of the importance of adopting an open science behaviour. Stay safe, stay open. See you next month!   
Open Science

Epilogue of the 4-year mandate of the
Open Science Policy Platform 

By Eva Méndez, Chair of the OSPP and
Deputy vice-president for Scientific Policy at UC3M

The last months have been very challenging for all of us due to COVID-19 and the general breakdown situation. However, these times have been demonstrating the need of having an Open Scientific System, where everybody can freely access and reuse the research outcomes that may help to create collaborative solutions, and overcome future problems. At the end of May, just at the same time of the celebration of the Competitiveness Council, the final report of the European Open Science Policy Platform was published entitled: Progress on Open Science: Towards a Shared Research Knowledge System, where the main Practical Commitments for Implementation of Open Science are recorded by stakeholder level. It is nice to check how many things we have been doing in the Universities in Europe but also, challenging how much we need to do in the future to create a real shared research knowledge system and to convert the Universities in Open Knowledge Institutions. 

University of Essex: 
Escape Room unlocks open access to global audience

Katrine (Kat) Sundsbø is passionate about increasing engagement with open access in universities and has created a unique escape room to introduce people to the basics of open access. The Open Access Escape Room was created in 2018 and since then people across the world have learnt about open access by solving the puzzles developed by Kat, who is Scholarly Communications and Research Support Manager at the University of Essex. She has shared all the resources online which make it as easy as possible for teams to recreate the Escape Room anywhere. We caught up with Kat to find out more. Click here to unlock the article! 
UEF is a pioneer of Open Science in Finland

The University of Eastern Finland has taken determined steps to develop its services and competence in the field of open science, and the results of this work can now be seen in a new evaluation report, the Atlas of Open Science and Research in Finland in 2019, published by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The report evaluates the openness of the operational culture of the country’s research organisations and examines how research organisations promote open science and research. Click here to know more! 
Paris Dauphine-PSL adopts roadmap for
Open Science development

In order to give more visibility to the work it produces and to make research practices evolve, PSL University has just approved an Open Science Charter. This document, adopted by the university's governance on 5 May 2020, states PSL's commitment to the Open Science movement and puts it forward as a major strategic axis. Keep on reading!
University of Antwerp instrumental in launch of Flemish Open Science Board
Recently the Flemish government founded the Flemish Open Science Board (FOSB) to structure and stimulate Flemish open science policies. The FOSB acts as a platform where all stakeholders can meet, discuss and draft policy advice for the Flemish government. In particular, the FOSB advises on an annual government allowance of 5 million euros, at first mainly dedicated to developing the necessary human and technical infrastructure to support research data management (RDM) for all Flemish researchers. Later on other aspects of open science will be addressed as well. Continue reading!
NOVA University Lisbon:
Open Science commitment is here to stay!

Since 2015, NOVA University Lisbon has implemented a complete cycle of platforms to manage its research outputs, providing access internally to more than 3200 researchers to their CRIS system PURE and displaying their research outputs in a public portal (NOVA Research Portal), with the main goal of allowing experts and the general public to discover NOVA's Research Units, Researcher profiles and the science being developed at their institution. Keep on reading! 
The Netherlands develops new ways of recognition and rewards for academics

At Maastricht University and all other academic institutions in the Netherlands, an initiative has been launched to change the way academics are recognized and rewarded. This initiative, Room for Everyone's Talent, has been launched under the leadership of Maastricht University’s Rector Magnificus Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert, together with her counterpart at Eindhoven University of Technology. Click here to know more! 
Open Science and public engagement at SDU

In Denmark, Citizen Science is often used for data collection and mapping of nature areas, but at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) Citizen Science is much more than that. Citizen Science is about generating interaction and dialogue between citizens and researchers, thereby reducing the distance between them in order to encourage a debate based on knowledge and facts. Keep on reading!
UC3M launched Unit for Open Science 'UniOS'
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has created more than one year ago the Unit for Open Science (UniOS, that in Spanish means “join us”) to help the researchers individually, but also the research groups, departments and the Institution at such, to became Full Open Science. We do really believe that the change should come both, top-down in a coherent systemic change of the rewards system, but also bottom-up on helping to promote the cultural change.  UniOs is piloting different strategies to help researchers to become open scientists and to become CC (Committed and Confident) with Open Science. 
UPF: opening research to build knowledge

Pompeu Fabra University has been actively committed to open access for many years. In 2006, it signed the Berlin Declaration and, in 2001, it adopted an institutional policy to promote open access. The university also has an institutional repository and support and advisory services for researchers. By way of example: the average percentage of publications in open source by UPF (taking into account WoS and Scopus articles between 2016 and 2018) is 61%, one of the highest in the Catalan university system. Click here to know more!
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