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 and the Research Data Alliance towards developing international training and policy guidelines on Open Data (; and

One of our members, Sabina Leonelli, is representing the GYA within the Open Science Policy Platform of the EU 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 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.


  • 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).
  • Koen Vermeir gave the opening lecture on “Open Science: The Big Picture” at the conference Philosophy and History of Open Science in Helsinki, in December 2016, and participated in panel discussions on “Open Science: So What?” (#PHOS16)
  • Laura Fierce represented the GYA at the OpenCon conference that took place in Washington in November 2016, and advocated Open Science to the US NIH during that meeting.
  • Koen Vermeir participated in the “Open Access and Research Evaluation” conference, in November 2016 in Toulouse.
  • Henri Tonnang represented Open Science group in Denver-Colorado-USA during the International data week in September 2016, in which he was a panelist of an event on advancing the Frontier of Data in Research.
  • At the GYA 2016 Annual General Meeting in Eindhoven (May 2016), Sabina Leonelli gave a plenary talk on “Data, Openness and Diplomacy”, and Martin Dominik organised a workshop for GYA members on “Publishing models, assessment, and open science”.
  • April 2016:  Position Statement on Open Data by the Young Academies of Europe and the Global Young Academy
  • April 2016: Position Statement on Open Access by the Young Academies of Europe and the Global Young Academy
  • Participation in ICSU CODATA International Training Workshop on Big Data and International Seminar on Data Science, Bangalore (March 2015)
  • Participation in World Science Forum, Budapest (November 2015)
  • 2012: GYA Position Statement on Open Science


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