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Opening Plenary Session: International Open Science in 2020

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Join our eminent speakers and panelists for the Opening Plenary Session of the FAIR Convergence Symposium: Friday 27 November 2020, 11:00-13:00 UTC

Keynote Presentations: Be sure to watch the presentations in advance of the panel discussion!

All the pre-recordings may be viewed on the Cvent site.  Please register FREE at using the code FAIRCONVERGE1

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Geoffrey Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh
Jean-Claude Burgelman, professor of Open Science Policies and Practices, Free University of Brussels

Bonnie Carroll, CODATA, Secretary General

International Open Science in 2020
2020 could prove a pivotal year for Open Science and the transformation of research practice, scholarly communications and the stewardship of research data. The challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution have been evident for some time and the influence of technological and societal transformations can be detected in research and communication practice in a number of domains. For a number of years, certain research funders on the one hand and certain research communities on the other have advocated improved data stewardship through the FAIR principles and more open data and scholarly practices.

Through the European Open Science Cloud and the adoption of data management plans and the FAIR principles, the European Commission has been for a number of years a strenuous advocate of Open Science for good research practice and as a driver of innovation.  The International Science Council’s Action Plan gives prominence to digital transformations and Open Science as epochal issues for global scientific coordination.  UNESCO is preparing an international standard-setting instrument in the form of a Recommendation on Open Science, for approval at the 2021 General Assembly.  By drawing attention to the need for international cooperation, real time data sharing and rigorous scientific transparency the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the convergence of Open Science and FAIR data.