Open Science

Open science is the movement to make scientific research and its dissemination accessible to the scientific community and citizens. It is based on transparency, inclusion, correctness, fairness and sharing.

The roadmap to Open Science is recognised at an international level and is one of the EU’s strategical goals since 2015.

The European Commission strongly promotes Open Science culture, including in competitive funding projects, with great focus on adapting to these principles in Horizon 2020 and even more in Horizon Europe, the future European framework programme to finance research and innovation.

The eight pillars of Open Science

Open Science is about research publications and data, getting the public and different social actors involved, sharing final results but also all the intermediate stages that lead to them, the tools to interpret them and all the forms of dissemination, including languages, for a real impact of science on society.

The principals of Open Science are based on 8 pillars, as recommended by the Open Science Policy Platform, the group of expert consultants that supports the European Commission in developing policies and practically implementing the European Agenda on Open Science:

    1. Rewards and incentives
    2. Research indicators and next-generation metrics
    3. Future of scholarly communication
    4. European open science cloud
    5. FAIR data
    6. Research integrity
    7. Skills and education
    8. Citizen science 

    Open Science at the University of Bologna

    University of Bologna for Open Science and Open Access videosThe University of Bologna is involved in the process of developing an open, transparent, and shared science. It has included Open Science in its 2019-2021 strategical plan and has set out a University policy based on open access to research publications and data.

    The University of Bologna for Open Science and Open Access videos aim at promoting and supporting this process.

    The website of the University Library System (SBA) provides information on open-access publications and FAIR research data management. Information on support services is also available.

    Open Science in European research and Horizon Europe

    The Guild of Research Intensive UniversitiesThe European Commission has long embraced Open Science: a choice that is becoming increasingly more relevant and pervasive in European research policies and especially in the new research and innovation funding framework programme.

    Why is Open Science policy a priority? What is the impact on European research and Horizon Europe? What are the implications for the researchers and the institutions involved?

    The Guild of Research Intensive Universities and the Vice Rector for Research of the University of Bologna talk to Konstantinos Glinos – Head of Unit for Open Science - European Commission – in a video interview.

    Open Science in European research and Horizon Europe - Full video interview