Focus on Open Science

Chapter V: Barcelona


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An event organised by:

Scientific Knowledge Services in cooperation with Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the Acadaemia Europea.

LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) and UCL Press are the official partners of this event.


The Challenge of Open Science

Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for Open approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. What is the role of academic libraries in supporting this transition? Is there indeed a role for libraries at all? What are the current views and agendas in various European countries? How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?


The aim of the Focus on Open Science Workshops

Started in 2015, we aim through these workshops to address the challenges posed by Open Science, using the 8 pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission in its Open Science Policy Platform.

The mission statement for the workshops is: "Promote the concept of, values and best practices in the Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to libraries."


Why are these Workshops important?

We believe that such Workshops offer a practitioner experience, grounded in the principles of Open Science, and opportunities for networking at the local level. The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.


Steering Committee

Our team is happy to announce a Steering Committee that will help us select the annual topics, the invited speakers and advise on best practices for delivering successful events.

The members of Open Science Workshops Steering Committee are:

- Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities), Adviser to the LIBER Board.

- Carolyn Alderson, Deputy Director Jisc Collections, UK.

- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and Vice-President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).

- Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library.

- Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona

- Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services

Additionally, our local partners will be able to delegate a member to join our Steering Committee with reference to the respective event that will take place in their country.


The language of the Workshop will be English.

We look forward to seeing you in May, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: June 20th 2018  

WHERE: to be announced soon


 This one-day workshop will address the following critical topics:

1. The drivers of change: FAIR Data and Open Access

2. Citizen Science

3. Open Science and the Management of A Cultural Change


Confirmed speakers

  • Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities), Adviser to the LIBER Board;
  • TBD Jisc Collections, UK;
  • TBD LIBER Europe
  • Dr. Josep Perelló Head of OpenSystemsUB, University of Barcelona




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Registration and networking

Opening Key Note: 

Speaker 1

Sponsor 1

Speaker 2

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Coffee Break

Speaker 3

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Speaker 4

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Lunch Break

Speaker 5

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Discussion Panel

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About the Speakers

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK


Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997. 

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14; he is now Advisor to the LIBER Board. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also the Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.






Dr. Josep Perelló, University of Barcelona, Spain


Josep Perelló is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fundamental Physics at the University of Barcelona. He leads the OpenSystemsUB research group, which focuses on citizen participation and artistic practices as an alternative way of doing science. He works on complex systems, particularly in social and economic contexts. He is a member of the committee, and he was the head of the science department on behalf of the UB at Arts Santa Mònica (2009-2012), a project that won the 2012 Antoni Caparrós award for the best knowledge transfer project run by the UB. Since 2012, he has worked with the Creativity and Innovation Directorate of the ICUB, Barcelona City Council, and the bcnlab to strengthen citizen science practices in the city, through the Human Behaviour (as part of the DAU Festival), Bee-Path (experiments on human mobility) and Urban Bees projects. In conjunction with Barcelona City Council he is setting up a citizen science office, with the support of RecerCaixa and the FECYT.






Director of Open Science

Catriona MacCallum, Hindawi


Dr. Catriona MacCallum has more than 19 years experience in scholarly publishing and 14 years in Open Access publishing. She worked initially for Elsevier as Editor and Managing Editor of Trends in Ecology & Evolution. In 2003 she joined PLOS as they launched their first journal. As well as being a Senior Editor on PLOS Biology, she was involved in the planning stages of PLOS ONE and the PLOS Community Journals and also acted as a Consulting Editor on PLOS ONE. Her most recent position before joining Hindawi in July 2017 was as Director of Advocacy. She took a sabbatical in 2007-2008 as an invited Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin and has a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of speciation. She is currently Chair of the OASPA Policy Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of OpenAire and the Royal Society (Publishing), the UUK Open Access Efficiencies Working Group and RCUK’s Open Access Practitioner Group.








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