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ESOF2020 – Online session: I want to be an Open Scientist! Research Evaluation and Incentives to boost Open Science and Research Careers


Online session 5.9.2020 10:15-11:45 CEST.

Everybody is talking about Open Science and FAIR data but can you really make a living (and a good career) out of it? Will my career get better if I FAIRify my data? Or will it just give me a headache? When someone will evaluate my research, will the fact that my data complies with all the Open Science best practices matter? Or am I just losing time I should rather spend publishing on whatever journal I can lay hands on? And where am I supposed to learn how to be fair and open anyway?

The right answer to these questions is crucial to the career choices and expectations of many students and young researchers, yes, but it is also the point that can make the difference between succeeding or failing in establishing Open Science (and ultimately Good Science). To be able to shift the research evaluation system in Europe in order to produce quality and reliable data, to set up a working incentive system for individual researchers and organisations is one of the keys to the widespread uptake of Open Science and FAIR practices. And being so crucial a point, we believe that researchers, Research Infrastructures, scientific organisations should have a say in this.

That’s why we are organising an interactive session where good ideas, innovative pilots, proposed policies from all across Europe can be presented and discussed.

The session is co-organised by, FAIRsFAIR, EOSC-Pillar, EOSC-Synergy, EOSC-Nordic, ExPaNDS, and NI4OS-Europe, that aim at co-create the European Open Science Cloud, stepping from the Stakeholder Community needs.

The format includes mini TED from expert speakers to introduce the debate and audience contribution via World Café and/or using interactive tools depending on the number of participants.

Themes for discussion include:

  • Research Evaluation, Incentives, and Rewards in the Open Science Era
  • Skills for the career program with a focus on Data Stewards
  • Policies for implementing Open Science


  • Moderator: Emma Lazzeri (CNR – Italian National Research Council) –
  • Stefano Epifani (United Nations)
  • Elena Giglia (University of Turin)
  • Shalini Kurapati (Polytechnic of Turin)
  • Gareth O’Neill (University of Leiden)
  • Conor O’Carroll (SciPol Services Ltd.)
  • Federica Tanlongo (GARR)
  • Bernard Rentier (European University Association)

To register please visit the ESOF2020 page 

For more information please visit the official ESOF2020 site.