Focus on Open Science

Chapter VII: Gdansk


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Scientific Knowledge Services in cooperation with Gdańsk University of Technology 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.

Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, 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. Anna Wałek, Library Director Gdańsk University of Technology

- Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services


The language of the Workshop will be English.

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

WHEN: September 25th 2018  

WHERE:  Gdańsk University of Technology 


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

1. Open Science and the Management of Cultural Change
2. The drivers of change: FAIR Data and Open Access
3. TDM, Copyright reform and the impact of the European GPDR for research support organisations
4. The Responsible Use of Bibliometrics and New Bibliometrics
5. Citizen Science


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;
  • Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, LIBER;
  • Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe;
  • Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona




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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.






Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, LIBER








Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe


Vanessa Proudman is Director of SPARC Europe; she is working to make Open the default in Europe.

Vanessa has 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide, with

research institutions, international policy makers, together with information and IT professionals and

designers from many countries. She also headed information and IT at a UN­affiliated international research

institution in Vienna for 10 years. She has also been programme and project manager to Europeana. She is

also the owner of Proud2Know, a consultancy that supports the development of Europe’s academic libraries. 






Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain


Dr. Ignasi Labastida is the Head of the Office the Dissemination of Knowledge at the Universitat de Barcelona where he is also leading the Research Unit at the CRAI (Learning and Research Resource Center). From this Office he is leading different projects towards openness related to open educational resources, open access and open data within his own institution and partnering with external institutions. He is a member of the SPARC Europe board and a member of the Steering Committee of the Information & Open Access Policy Group at the LERU. He has been a member of the OCW Consortium Board of Directors on behalf of Creative Commons and a member of the Administrative Council of Communia, an International Association on the Public Domain built on the eponymous Thematic Network. 






Prof. Dr. Janusz Smulko, Gdańsk University of Technology

Vice-Rector for Scientific Research


Prof. Janusz Smulko's research interests random from signals used as a source of information for the detection of gases, types of corrosion and to assess the quality of materials and electronic components. He has published over 150 scientific papers, authored 2 monographs and co-authored two academic textbooks. His work has been cited more than 600 times, and the Hirsch index is 16 (Scopus, Dec. 2017).


Since 2013 he is the head of the Department of Metrology and Optoelectronics. He defended 4 doctorates (all with honors) and he is the tutor of 4 doctoral students. Editor-in-chief of the ‘Science Bulletin’ of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics at GUT (2012-2013). Editor-in-chief of "Metrology and Measurement Systems" (since 2016, the IF for 2015 is 1,140). Member of the Committee of Metrology and Scientific Instrumentation of the Polish Academy of Sciences (since 2011). Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society Chapter Gdańsk. He reviewed 7 doctoral theses and 3 habilitation procedures.


He managed 6 research projects and he was awarded with 16 GUT Rector prizes. He was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit (2003) and the Medal of the National Education Commission (2009).



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