Webinar on 3 October 2017 – 16.00h (4pm) CEST

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Fabienne Gautier
Stephane Berghmans
Maria Lindholm
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Background and reasoning

Open Science is a term increasingly used to describe a more collaborative, open, transparent, effective, and efficient research environment, partly driven by new and emerging technologies. Publishers and research information providers are at the forefront of open science initiatives, helping drive activities that can enhance research performance and ensure clear signals of integrity in an open environment, as well as bringing science closer to society.

A key question posed during the Impact of Science Conference (Stockholm, 12-13th June 2017) was ‘How research quality and societal impact relate to each other, and how one affects the other?’ This webinar will explore the role that Open Science can play in helping to drive research performance and in turn (and independently) maximizing the societal impact of research. This webinar will consider challenges and opportunities regarding one area of Open Science, in particular Research Data, and will consider how researchers can be incentivised to embrace Open Science. In other words:

'How can researchers embrace open science for better research & societal impact?'

The AESIS-Elsevier webinar will foster this discussion by addressing the topic from the viewpoints of:

    • Fabienne Gautier, Head of Unit, ERA Policy and Reform, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
      How can researchers be incentivised to embrace Open Science?
    • Stephane Berghmans, VP Academic Relations EU at Elsevier
      Openness throughout the entire research cycle and data reporting
    • Maria Lindholm, Director of Research at VA (Public & Science), Sweden
      Impact through open Science – Stakeholders engagement with civil society organisations


The webinar will take about 50 minutes, in which there will be presentations by three experts. Each expert will give a presentation of under 10 minutes, so there will be plenty of time for discussion with the other speakers and questions from the audience.

Fabienne GautierFabienne Gautier was nominated Head of Unit of the European Research Area (ERA) Policy and Reform Unit in the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) in June 2014. Prior to that she had been the Acting Head of Unit since September 2012, and the Deputy Head of Unit since April 2011. She supports the coordination and development of an ERA policy Framework as part of the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative of the EU's Europe 2020 Strategy.

From 2008 to 2011 she was Deputy Head of the Administration and Finance Unit of the Directorate in charge of Science, Economy and Society. Besides the overall planning and monitoring tasks of the unit, she supervised the negotiation and follow-up of the Directorate’s grants and public procurements.

From 2006 to 2008 she worked as a Policy and Legal Officer in charge of the implementation of Article 185 of the Treaty for the 7th Framework Programme in the Directorate in charge of the Coordination of National Research Programmes. From the identification of the potential candidates, to the preparation and adoption of the first proposals in co-decision, she actively contributed to the realisation of the Commission’s Work Programme on this strategic issue.

From 2003 to 2006 she was a project officer responsible for several ERA-NET projects for the 7th Framework Programme and contributed to the definition of the legal framework of ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus activities.

From 1995 to 2003, she worked as legal officer in the Legal Unit of the Directorate General for Research and contributed to the drafting of the regulatory decisions and contracts related to the Framework Programmes.

She has a Master’s degree in Law (France), a certificate in European Law from the European Institute in Saarbrücken (Germany) and Advanced Master in Law of Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Namur (Belgium).

Stephane BerghmansStephane Berghmans is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he studied cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He moved to the drug discovery biotech sector in 2004 first in the UK and then in the USA. He joined the European Science Foundation in 2009 to head the Biomedical Sciences Unit, managing the European Medical Research Councils, focusing on science policy and strategy. Stephane joined Elsevier in 2013 where he oversees EU strategic initiatives, partnerships, and stakeholder needs. Since 2015 Stephane is a member of the EuroScience Governing Board.

Maria LindholmMaria Lindholm has been Director of Research at the Swedish CSO VA (Public & Science) since September 2012. At VA (Public & Science), Maria, among other tasks, co-ordinates a “national advocacy platform” for Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS) activities in Sweden, which includes the embedding of Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI. Maria Lindholm sits on national expert reference groups for H2020 Societal Challenge 6 and SwafS, and is chair of the European Commission’s SwafS Advisory Group. She was involved in the FP7 RRI Tools project, and is currently the Swedish project manager for the recently EU funded project ORION (Open Responsible Research and Innovation to further Outstanding kNowledge), running from 2017 to 2021.

She received her PhD in Language and Culture in Europe from Linköping University, Sweden, in 2007. Her thesis dealt with the communicative practices of the European Commission. After her PhD, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at Linköping University, and has mainly worked outside academia, at the Swedish Medical Association, the Swedish Association of University Teachers and at the European Commission.

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Practical details

Date & Time: 3 October 2017 - 16.00h (4pm) CEST
Location: Online, using the software GoToWebinar