The European Regional Meeting on the Global Research Council (GRC) Paris, 30 October 2013

Focus on Open Access to Publications and Funding the Future

The European Regional meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) was co-organised on 30 October in Paris by Science Europe and the French National Research Agency (ANR) in preparation for the GRC 2014 Summit.

The meeting participants were invited to discuss how to monitor the implementation of the GRC Open Access Action Plan (approved in May 2013 in Berlin) and to reflect on the Principles for Funding the Future.

Presentations

The programme accommodated parallel sessions in order to address these two topics:

1. GRC Open Access Action Plan:

1.1. Setting the scene: Open Access is not an end per se but a mean to improve the quality of research (environment):

1.2 Presentation of the present draft review template and an initial brainstorming round:

1.3 Preparation of a European consolidated set of comments on (and suggested revisions of) the Draft Review Template for Implementation of GRC Open Access Action Plan.

2. Funding the Future:

2.1 Setting the scene and panel discussion: Who will be the researcher of tomorrow? In which environment will (s)he work? What will be his/her skills? How will (s)he be trained, recruited, funded?  How will (s)he comprehend the concept of mobility (disciplinary, geographic, sectoral)?:

2.2.Presentation of the present draft statement and an initial brainstorming round:

2.3 Preparation of a European consolidated set of comments on (and suggested revisions of) the Draft Statement of Principles for Funding the Future.

Next steps

The GRC International Steering Committee (ISC), which gathered the co-hosts of the 2014 GRC Summit and the co-hosts of the five regional meetings (including Science Europe and ANR for Europe), used the outcomes of the regional meetings to prepare consolidated versions of:

  • The Review template of the GRC Open Access Action Plan, and
  • The GRC Statement of Principles for Shaping the Future.

In spring 2014 a survey of GRC participating organisations was launched (using the above mentioned template) as part of the Review of Implementation of the GRC Action Plan towards Open Access to Publications.

On 27 and 28 June 2014, heads of public national research funding organisations attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the GRC in Beijing (see summary here and SE and ANR press release here). They endorsed:

  • A ‘state-of-play’ report on Open Access to publications (presenting the main outcomes of the GRC survey), and
  • A Statement of Principles for Shaping the Future (see here).
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