The 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.

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.

One of our group members, GYA alumna Sabina Leonelli (UK), is representing the GYA within the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission, where she drives policy change towards Open Science.

While policy change towards Open Science is in full swing, we are also working to increase awareness of Open Science and its uptake by scientists.

Eva Alisic (Australia) launched the More Open Access Pledge in 2016, which was taken up by many members, and the group is currently working on new initiatives, including a plea for organising “Open Conferences”.

GYA Members can access the intranet Open Science WG here.





  • 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)