Open Science

<br>Open Science refers to the global transition towards a new, more open and inclusive way of conducting, publishing and evaluating scientific research.<br><br><br><a href="/en/open-science-2/">Read more</a><br><br>

Message on the transfer of the National Open Science Programme (NPOS) to the National Initiative Open Science

‘Since the launch of the NPOS in 2017, progress has been made in many aspects of the transition to Open Science…..

NPOS2030 Ambition Document and Rolling Agenda

The final version of the NPOS2030 Ambition Document and Rolling Agenda has been presented to Minister Dijkgraaf.

National Open Science Festival 2023

Get ready for the third edition of the Netherlands National Open Science Festival! After last year’s successful event with over 300 visitors, this year the festival will be held at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Like the previous editions, the festival revolves around sharing knowledge and peer learning: it is aimed at both active researchers from universities (of applied sciences), academic hospitals and research institutes in the Netherlands, and policy makers who enable Open Science practices to spread throughout the academic world. Go to for more information.

NPOS up to 2030

In order to accelerate the transition to Open Science, the stakeholders of the National Programme Open Science (NPOS) are establishing and executing the NPOS2030 Multi-Annual Plan. This is based on three pillars:

Ambition Document

A comprehensive open consultation across the entire professional field has led to the widely supported Ambition Document. It contains four strategic goals for the period up to 2030.

Rolling Agenda

The Rolling Agenda describes the lines of action that lead to achieving the programme’s strategic goals.


The Minister of Education, Culture and Science  announced in a policy letter on Open Science that 20 million euros will be allocated to Open Science each year from 2023 to 2031. NWO has been asked to set up a temporary National Initiative (Regieorgaan) for this and has appointed the director of the Regieorgaan Open Science in August 2022. 

NPOS Ambition 2030

This infographic illustrates the developments that have led to the NPOS2030 Multi-Annual Plan, and how activities described in the Rolling Agenda will lead to achieving the strategic goals set for 2030:

Strategic goals

The NPOS2030 Multi-Annual Plan is based on the following four strategic goals for 2030:


Close collaboration between knowledge institutions, government, industry and citizens.


Scientific processes are inclusive, efficient, transparent and carried out with integrity.


No more barriers to reading and reuse of scientific output.


Products from and for science are FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

Open Science in Practice

In this series of short video portraits we meet five project teams out of the 26 NWO Open Science Fund Projects. We will hear from them how their project contributes to the Open Science culture change -often in a very practical way- and how the NWO Open Science Fund has helped them achieve these goals.  

This Open Science in Practice series of portraits is a NWO/ NPOS co-production.

All photos:  CC BY Pim Rusch

Fair Data Day

The first Fair Data Day took place in Utrecht on 29 November 2022.

The Fair Data Day focused on the theme of reusing data to advance science.

You can read a report on the day here:

National Open Science Festival

On September 1, 2022, the second edition of the Netherlands National Open Science Festival took place at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam.
300 participants attended 18 community led workshops and plenary sessions, with over 400 more joining via the live stream, bringing the motto of the Festival into practice:


Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf of Education, Culture and Science visited the Festival to join the conversation about different aspects of Open Science, and to hand over five Open Science Awards to five inspiring Use Cases with a focus on societal engagement.


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Other websites about Open Science in NL

Open Access

Here you will find information on everything in the field of open access to the outcomes of publicly funded research.

Open Science Communities NL

A network of Dutch Open Science communities set up by researchers, which brings together researchers interested in open working methods, stimulates collaboration and facilitates, among other things, input for research policy.

FAIR Software

Here are five recommendations for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) research software.

Recognition & Rewards

The programme in which all universities, university medical centres, research institutes and research funders work together to modernise the system of Recognition and Rewards in the Netherlands.