The current COVID-19 situation has led us to the decision that #OSF2020NL will not take place on 27 August 2020. We are currently in the process of rescheduling the Open Science Festival to  February 11th, 2021. Please note that when we are closer to February 11th , we will have to assess where we will have to adapt the original programme in order to stay in line with official safety guidelines. We will keep you updated. Registration will open somewhere in the fall depending on the situation then.

Moreover, in order to keep in touch with all  interested in Open Science developments in the Netherlands, we will additionally organise five online sessions in the months leading up to the Festival. 

First online session

In the first online session we focussed on the winners of the Open Science Use Case Awards. A second online session is a networking session for Deans, on August 27th. Other sessions, which will be organised in the fall, will be announced soon.  

More info about the winners of the Use Case Awards can be found here. The publication A Collection of  Open Science Use Cases can be found here on Zenodo.

Second online session

On August 27th we organized an online meeting for Deans. The overall goal of the online session was to connect deans working in different university contexts and in different stages of creating open science working environments. To inspire each other to take the next steps in their specific academic context, and to discuss Open Science in a few informal conversations in breakout groups. The main theme of the breakout conversations was how the faculties address expectations regarding Open Science coming from universities, governments and society at large.

21 Deans attended this meeting that was moderated by Marco de Niet from Leiden University, together with Karel Luyben, the National Coordinator Open Science. Nora van der Wenden director of the department of Research and Science Policy at the ministry of Education, Culture and Science attended the meeting on behalf of the minister of OCW, Ingrid van Engelshoven.    

The discussions in the breakout groups ranged from the importance of the rewards and recognition system in the Open Science culture change, the link to overall ambitions, technological possibilities, ethical and legal challenges to societal challenges in times of COVID 19. The fact that there is no extra money available for the transition to open science, where transitions are always costly was also discussed, and so was the need for solid international infrastructures.

Overall the meeting was received as a successful step in converging efforts towards open science in the Netherlands. We are hoping to take this forward during a live Open Science Festival meeting or in another online meeting in 2021.


Meet | Share | Inspire | Care

The National Open Science Festival provides researchers the opportunity to learn about the benefits of various Open Science practices. It is a place to meet peers that are already working openly or that are interested to start doing so.  Key to this day is sharing knowledge and best practices. 

However, you don’t need to have extensive knowledge of Open Science to attend; there will also be sessions for those who simply want to know more about the different aspects of Open Science, its drivers and its barriers.

Open Science

Open Science stands for the transition to a new, more open and participatory way of conducting, publishing and evaluating scholarly research. Central to this concept is the goal of increasing cooperation and transparency in all research stages.

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For Whom?

The Open Science Festival especially invites active researchers to attend. 


Wageningen University & Research

This festival is organized in the context of the National Programme Open Science.

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