Researcher meeting: the National Plan and you

The first national meeting on Open Science for researchers took place on the 29th of May 2017 and was hosted at the Aula of TU Delft.

Results Researcher meeting

In this report you can read the results of the Researcher meeting 'Open Science: the National Plan and You'. This includes presentations of the plenairy sessions, the speech of State Secretary Sander Dekker, statements and session reports of the break-out sessions and more.

>> Results Researcher meeting: the National Plan and You


The presentations of the plenary sessions are also available on video: see presentations

What does Open Science mean to you?

Mark van Huystee visualizes topics about openness in science and education for Delft Technical University. The results are posted on this site.

Who should attend? 

This one-day event was 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’. Researchers had the chance to let politicians, funders and administrators know what researchers really need to make Open Science work for them. 

What to expect?

The day started 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 held a brief speech. State Secretary Sander Dekker of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is also scheduled to attend. Here you can read the bio's  and see pictures from the speakers.

Participants (both researchers and organizations supporting research) had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences at the informal ‘knowledge commons’ that was held during the lunch break. You could prepair your Open Science questions and best practices and share them!  

In the afternoon, small breakout groups were 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 were present to listen, engage in discussion and answer questions. The day ended with a plenary debate, summarizing the outcomes of the breakout sessions.  

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

(the programme is also available in PDF and png)

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 13 Oct 2017