Call for Sessions

Important Dates

Open Call submission deadline:
10 March 2020

Notification of acceptance or rejection:
31 March 2020

Registration open:
2 April 2020

Open Science Festival:
27 August 2020

In organizing the National Open Science Festival, the program committee welcomes input from researchers in developing the programme for the day. There are 12 slots of 45 minutes each on the Open Science Festival programme in three breakout rounds. These can be filled by proposals for sessions from you

We particularly invite proposals for sessions intended to be interactive and proposals that stem from local initiatives. Therefore, proposals that encourage the participation of attendees will be favored over proposals with more than 50% of the time reserved for speakers (unless a convincing reason for this format is given). If you want to simply present an initiative we ask you to apply for the call for the Lunch Marketplace.

We are especially interested in contributions that focus on topics such as:

  • Practical skill sessions, for instance about preprints, preregistration, use of  tools or platforms for practicing open science across the research cycle;
  • Open Access in your domain;   
  • How to involve citizens in your research;
  • How to build team science and how to collaborate with not so obvious others; 
  • Open/FAIR Software;
  • Putting FAIR and open data into practice;
  • Setting up and maintaining open communities;
  • Working-sprints with peers on a specific open topic;
  • Network meetings (even if the network has not been formalised yet);
  • Proposals that look beyond disciplinary and National boundaries;

But please do not feel limited to only these topics.

Every submission will be reviewed by the programme committee based on its relevance to Open Science in the Netherlands and hence is subject for acceptance.

Please note that in order to visit and/or host a session, you are required to register at the Open Science Festival after registration opens (no entrance fee). The number of tickets saved for active researchers amounts to 175 out of the total of 250 tickets.

You can download a template for submission here:


How to Submit

Proposal length should not exceed 500 words. English is the official language of the Festival. There will be approx. 45 participants in each session.

You are invited to submit a proposal for sessions that describes key characteristics:
● Preferred duration of the session: one session of 45 minutes, or a double session of 2×45 minutes;
● Target audience;
● Format and structure;
● Preferred outcomes for participants of the session;
● Names of organisers / moderators / speakers if applicable;
● Short description that summarizes the session, its rationale and relevance for the participants of the National Open Science Festival;
● Requirements for the session (screens, set up of tables, flipcharts, etc.)

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