Researcher meeting: the National Plan and you

You are kindly invited to join the first national meeting on Open Science for researchers. The meeting will take place on the 29th of May 2017 and will be hosted at the Aula of TU Delft.

Who should attend? 

The day will be a great opportunity for all researchers working in the Netherlands to give their opinion on the aims and goals of the Dutch ‘National Plan Open Science’. It’s a chance to let politicians, funders and administrators know what researchers really need to make Open Science work for them. 

What to expect?

This one-day event is free to attend, lunch and drinks included and is hosted at the Aula of TU Delft. Save the date and Register now! Please share this invitation with your colleagues.

The day will start with a series of short presentations by researchers from several disciplines, highlighting both the benefits and challenges in practicing Open Science. Representatives from Dutch scientific and government organizations who created the National Plan for Open Science will also present their perspective. State Secretary Sander Dekker of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is also scheduled to attend.

Participants (both researchers and organizations supporting research) will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences at the informal ‘knowledge commons’ that will be held during the lunch break. Bring your Open Science questions and best practices and be prepared to share them!  

In the afternoon, small breakout groups are planned to discuss various aspects of Open Science in general, and the aims and ambitions of the National Plan Open Science in particular. Representatives of the Dutch scientific and government organizations who created the National Plan for Open Science will be present to listen, engage in discussion and answer questions. The day will end with a plenary debate, summarizing the outcomes of the breakout sessions.  

Learn more about what Open Science can mean for you, what the plans of the government and scientific organizations are to support and promote Open Science, and give your feedback on the National Plan Open Science. All this in a lively atmosphere with plenty of time for informal discussion with fellow researchers.  

The Nationaal Platform Open Science, specifically the coalition which is responsible for engaging researchers: The Young Academy, Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (together with PostdocNL), UKB (together with 101 Innovations), DTL (together with ePLAN) and the Vereniging van Lectoren.

Programme researcher meeting

National Plan Open Science

On the19th of January 2017 the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science sent a letter concerning the topic of open science to the Lower House. In that letter, he confirmed the question to a broad coalition of concerned parties jointly to draw up a National Plan Open Science (OCW, 2017). This document is the response to that request. 

Nationaal Plan Open Science


National Open Science Plan Presentation Quotes, February 9

Karl Dittrich

‘Open science cannot bypass research, and research will benefit from open science.’


José van Dijck
‘We will create shareability in a spirit of fairness.’

Stan Gielen

‘It is an obvious fact that open science is essential to social impact and innovation.’

Thom de Graaf

‘Public funding calls for public transparency and public accountability. The same applies to the research being conducted at universities of applied science – there must be accountability, and not behind closed doors, but in the open.’

Rolf van Wegberg

‘We are living in an age of alternative facts, where science is mere opinion. I think it’s wonderful that the Netherlands is showing that transparency in scientific research is the most important step we can take – not only now, for this generation, but also for generations to come.’

Tjibbe Joustra

‘The National Library of the Netherlands acts as an important conduit to the public and has a wealth of digitisation and management experience to offer, so we also hope to be able to contribute to a robust infrastructure.’

Paul Rullmann

‘There is a lot to be done, and we are entering a very complex transition. I am very glad that so many parties are signing the plan, because that is how we will move full speed ahead.’

Pancras Hogendoorn

‘Medicine is caught in the mysterious dichotomy between privacy and the need for open data. Over the last four years, the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) has done all it can to create Data for Life Sciences in collaboration, so that we can share information not only with the university medical centres and other hospitals, but also with citizens.’

Richard Janssen

‘A key aspect of health care is that services are based on trust. Patients trust the professionals: the doctors. High-quality, serious scholarship must form the basis of research. Today’s contributions have clearly shown how much more this applies to data that is made available via open access, and as information symmetry becomes smaller and smaller.’

Karel Luyben

‘Everything will be shared according to FAIR principles – findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable. That is our vision for shared data, but it won’t happen on its own.’

Latest modifications 22 May 2017