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Outcomes from Open Science and Research Forum

The Open Science and Research Forum held on 25th November in Helsinki brought together more than 150 participants from the Finnish and international open science communities in a series of heated debates on how to foster open science in different countries and organisations worldwide. The event offered attendees a great opportunity to be inspired by world-recognized experts and to share their experience and knowledge about what needs to be done to bridge science & research and the openness.

In her key message the Director of Science Policy from the Ministry Education and Culture of Finland, Riitta Maijala, made it very clear that "By increasing openness in research, we will simultaneously be improving the reliability, transparency, and impact of science. Openness creates additional opportunities for everyone to participate in scientific advancement and enables easier and more effective utilisation of research results." She said: "Open science and research can significantly increase the quality and competitiveness of Finland's research and innovation system." The outcome of the Forum was launching the Finnish Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014–2017 with its ultimate 2017' vision Open research leads to surprising discoveries and creative insights.

Under the motto "On the road to open science", the Forum focused on open science and research' state of the art and issues that are of major concern to policy makers, funders, academia and society. Among those who shared their awareness in promoting the openness of science and research were:

John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University; Professor of Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Public Knowledge Project; author of a number of books, Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).

Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for the Public Library of Science, a research biophysicist and well-known agitator for opening up the process of research.

Martin Hamilton, Futurist at JISC in London. His work is all about identifying trends and emerging technologies that will affect the research, education and skills sector, and scoping out potential interventions that would help the sector to best take advantage of them.

 Jerry Sheehan, Assistant Director for Policy Development at the National Library of Medicine; actively involved in formulation and implementation of NIH policies related to scientific data sharing, and public access to publications resulting.

Niels Stern, Head of Publishing at the Nordic Council of Ministers, which is the intergovernmental co-operation between the Nordic countries.

Lukasz Bolikowski, Head of Applied Data Analysis Laboratory at ICM, University of Warsaw; an expert of the OECD, the European Commission, Polish National Centre for Research and Development, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Mario Cervantes, Senior Economist and Head of Secretariat for the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP).

Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Economist at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation; currently coordinates the OECD project on "Open Science" and participates in the team conducting OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy.

Key Speakers' Bio »

Presentations online »

See also an article Inspiration and Guidelines – the Roadmap for Open Science and Research in @CSC Online Magazine »