Focus on Open Science

Chapter XI: Dublin


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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).

Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, UK.

- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and 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 November, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: November, 29th

WHERE: Dublin City University


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

1. Open Science and the Management of A Cultural Change

2. Citizen Science

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


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);
  • Jeannette Frey, Vice-President LIBER, Director of BCU Lausanne
  • Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University
  • Robert van der Vooren
  • to be confirmed




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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 and Advisor to the LIBER Board until 2018. 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.






Jeannette Frey, Vice-President LIBER and Library Director BCU Lausanne


Born April 13, 1962 in Kirchberg, BE, Switzerland. First studied Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, then worked in the field of academic publishing at Redaction LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae) in Basel. 1992, changed to the Swiss national museum in Zurich as Head of Photographic Collections. First experiences in digitization of photographic collections in the years 1992-1998. 1998, changed to heading the Federal Archive for Historic Monuments in Bern, where other projects for the digitization of photographic collection stake place. After 2002, worked in the private sector as Head of Information & Communication, studying in parallel Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Fribourg. 2004, changed to be the Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resources at BCU Lausanne. Director of BCU Lausanne since 2008. Main projects 2015: extension of the main building of the university library, implementation of a new ILS for the network of libraries of the canton de Vaud (100 libraries). President of LIBER, and member of the Board of EUROPEANA since 2014.






Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University


Alan Smeaton is Professor of Computing at Dublin City University and one of the Founding Directors of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU, the largest non-capital investment in research in Ireland. He is a former member of the Board of the Irish Research Council and a member of the inaugural Scientific Committee of COST | Cooperation in Science and Technology.  Alan is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and winner of the Academy’s Gold Medal in Engineering Sciences, an award given once very three years. 



Open Access to Publications and to Data: What’s Next?



to be confirmed






Robert van der Vooren


Robert is a resilient and entrepreneurial person. He competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games, a magnificent experience and stimulation to pursue dreams and ambitions. In 2008 he was co-responsible for a financial reform of Radboud University Medical Centre. It took courage to turn down the imminent bankruptcy by developing a completely new financial management. In 2011 Robert started his own consultancy firm and successfully led a national program on alternative academic hospital funding. Two years later on behalf of the Dutch universities he took up an ambitious plan to make a transition towards open access with a unique negotiation. This Dutch approach is internationally considered to be a ‘gamechanger’. Robert frequently advises research organizations in European member states about open access. Currently he is leading a strategic project to make research data management one of the ‘competitive edges’ of the Radboud University.








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