The GYA, along with the European Council for Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), the Marie Curie Alumni Association, the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) and the Young Academy of Europe, have released a Joint Statement on the Council of European Union conclusions on Research Assessment and Open Science.
The EU Council’s recent conclusions address several of our earlier concerns with the implementation of Open Science and Plan S, and draw clear connections to related issues in the career development and training of researchers, as well as gender, biases and other inequalities.
Executive Committee member Alma Hernández-Mondragón (Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico) says that “As signatories and contributors to the Declaration, the GYA feels that it is important that the evaluation facilitates the recognition and appreciation of the various roles and careers in research including science advice, science diplomacy, public outreach, science communicator, software engineer, and data scientist, data stewardship and technical roles to name a few. I truly believe this affirmative action will promote more profiles working closer to society.”
Co-leads of the Scientific Excellence working group Sibel Eker (Radboud University, Netherlands) and Carlo D’Ippoliti (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), and Yensi Flores Bueso (University College Cork. Ireland) add that “We are delighted to see an initiative for which our working group has engaged since its early days move forward, and to be part of its development. We hope the Coalition will progress towards a global movement to transform our research institutions in a way that will put at the core diversity, integrity, and open science”.