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The GYA Open Science working group is working together with key stakeholders in the Open Science movement and is actively promoting policy change towards Open Science. We promote an inclusive approach towards Open Science, with a special focus on Open Access, Open Data, Open Software and a new initiative on Open Conferences. While policy change towards Open Science is in full swing, we are also working to increase awareness of Open Science and its uptake by (young) scientists.

We have an ongoing collaboration with CODATA (Committee on Data of the International Council for Science) and the Research Data Alliance towards developing international training and policy guidelines on Open Data.

GYA alumna Sabina Leonelli (UK) represented the GYA within the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission from 2016-2020. The Platform’s final report can be acceses here.

In 2019, the GYA – led by its Open Science working group – joined forces with COAlition S to develop a Plan S Monitor Task Force.

In 2020, the GYA became part of a consortium, led by F1000 Research, a leading Open Access publisher, and also including Eurodoc and LIBER as partners, that was awarded a contract to build and promote the European Commission’s free Open Access publishing platform for scientific articles – Open Research Europe.

You can discover more about this project on the GYA/F1000/Open Research Europe resource page.

In 2020, group members also joined the newly-established Global working group on Open Science, corrdinated by the GYA and including members from the GYA as well as from 25 National Young Academies from all over the world.




  • Former working group co-lead Koen Vermeir (France) attended the ‘Open Science Coordination in Europe’ meeting in Helsinki, Finland, in October, where the new network of national open science coordinators was inaugurated. He also represented the GYA at the meeting of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) of the European Commission in Helsinki.
  • In October 2019, group members contributed to the “Stakeholder Consultation on the Report by the Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication (E03463), European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation 2019”; see here.
  • In September, former working group co-lead Koen Vermeir (France) spoke about Plan S at the 2019 Open Science Fair.
  • Group co-lead Abel Polese (Estonia) attended the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) Delivery Phase Planning Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt, in early September 2019. The purpose of this workshop was to deliberate on and design the implementation phase of the AOSP initiative with key regional stakeholders and international representatives. For more details, please see here for Abel’s meeting report.
  • Working group member Koen Vermeir (France) represented the GYA at the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) meeting in Bucharest, Romania, in April 2019, where the future of scholarly communication and new indicators for open science were discussed.
  • Working group member Koen Vermeir (France) attended the Society for Scholarly Publishing Conference on ‘Bringing Value in Academic Publishing: Practical Solutions for Thriving in a Changing Environment‘ in Berlin, Germany, in January 2019.
  • GYA alumna Sabina Leonelli was interviewed on the “Early-career researchers’ response to Plan S” for the International Science Council’s “Plan S” blog.



  • Koen Vermeir represented the GYA at the 2017 OpenCon, hosted at the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. He was collaborating with open science activists and developed themes that are central to the current Open Science working group, such as Open Research Software and Open Conferences.
  • Sabina Leonelli presented the OSPP Recommendations on Open Science publishing “OA2020 from the Perspective of the Open Science Policy Platform” at the Berlin 13 Open Access Conference: Building Capacity for the Transformation organised by the European Commission, Berlin, March 22, 2017. Leonelli also presented a key GYA Open Science initiative, Researchers’ Views of Open Data Policies and Their Implementation: The Positions of the Young Academies of Europe and the Global Young Academy, at the ”Researcher Involvement” session of the Open Science EU Presidency Conference organised by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Society in Amsterdam, April 4-5 2016.
  • Sabina Leonelli presented on the state of Open Data at Open Data Infrastructures for Innovation – Big Data in the Life Sciences (European Commission, Brussels, 4 February 2017), at the LERU Conference on Open Data (University College London, 29 January 2017) and at the Digital Science Webinar The State of Open Data (14 December 2016).





The Open Science Working Group at work during the 2017 GYA Annual General Meeting in Aviemore (© Shoji Komai 2017)