04 December 2012
On Friday 30th November, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) organised a special conference to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The conference entitled “Open Horizons: A revolution in Open Science”, was held at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU. A diverse group of policy makers and other stakeholders were present.
During the opening session, Mr Gunnar Wiegand (Deputy Director of the Bavarian Representation) and Prof. Bernd Huber (President of LMU Munich and chairman of LERU) gave a warm welcome and introduced the topic of the day. A keynote speech was given by Dr. Anneli Pauli (Deputy Director-General of DG Research & Innovation, European Commission).
Prof. Geoffrey Boulton (Royal Society, UK) focussed with his enlightning presentation “Open data: fundamental to the future of science” on the challenges and opportunities of Open Data, and explained why it is an urgent issue. His presentation was commented on by a panel of experts: Dr. Liz Lyon (University of Bath), Prof. Marja Makarow (Academy of Finland), and Prof. Ioannis Tsoukalas (Member of the European Parliament). Their reactions were followed by a Q&A with the audience, chaired by Prof. Kurt Deketelaere (LERU).
After lunch, Dr. Alma Swan (SPARC), standing in for Dr. Paul Ayris (Chair of the LERU Community of Head Librarians), presented her views on the importance of Open Access in Europe. During the panel session and the very interactive Q&A with the audience, Prof. Donald Dingwell (ERC) and Wim van der Stelt (Springer) discussed their views on the topic.
The last presentation of the day was given by Dr. Carlos Morais-Pires (e-infrastructure Unit, DG-Connect, European Commission). He presented the future perspectives of the EC on Open Access and Open Data.
After the conference, speakers and participants had the chance to chat and network at a festive reception.
Pictures below by Veerle Van Kerckhove