"Biological and Bioinspired Adhesion: From Macro- to Nanoscale" is the topic of the Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposiums 2016. It takes place from 27 to 29 September, 2016 in Potsdam, Germany. Registration is now open.
The open science movement in Europe is gaining momentum. In February 2016, the EU published a draft European Open Science agenda. Following on that, the Beilstein-Institut was pleased to have been invited to participate in the Amsterdam conference on 'Open Science – From Vision to Action' hosted by the Netherlands' EU presidency on 4 and 5 April 2016, where the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science was presented. This document has now been published. It is a living document reflecting the current state of open science and its evolution and it can be commented on. In the EU much has already been done to support and further Open Access; now is the time for concerted action and consolidation. There are 433 Open Access policies in the EU; these need to be aligned across Europe to increase transparency and ease of collaborative pan-European publishing and data sharing. One other central theme to address is need to devise a new evaluation and reward system for scientists, so that the focus is more on the quality and reproducibility of the science published and the willingness to share data, and less on metrics like the journal impact factor. The call for action sets out two important goals to be achieved by 2020:
1. Full open access for all scientific publications.
2. A fundamentally new approach towards optimal reuse of research data.
Details can be found in the document, including 12 action items to help bring about the reaching of the goals.
Visit our booth No. 22 on the Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society in Lille, France, from 3 to 5 May and find out latest news. During this meeting a symposium on “Functional Materials for Environmental Sensors and Energy Systems” will be organized by Albert Romano-Rodriguez, Anita Lloyd Spetz, Meyya Meyyappan and Michele Penza. Another symposium on “Hybrid materials: from the laboratory to the market” will be organized by Andreas Taubert, Fabrice Leroux, Pierre Rabu and Verónica de Zea Bermudez. Contributions from these symposia will be included in two Thematic Series in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. Other Thematic Series have already been published covering various aspects of materials science including nanoanalytics for materials science, materials for sustainable energy production, storage, and conversion or biopolymeric templates as multifunctional inorganic materials.
Werner Rinnert died on March 28th at the age of 65 years. He was spokesman of the Board of Management of the Beilstein-Institut until his retirement in 2015, successfully conducting the Foundation with great dedication and skill through difficult times. He significantly influenced the development of the Beilstein-Institut with exceptional contributions. The Board of Directors, the Foundation Council and the staff of the Beilstein-Institut mourn the loss of an outstanding personality and will remember him with gratitude. They express their deepest condolences to his family.
Open Access 2020 is an international initiative that aims to induce the transformation of scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing. The principles of this initiative were discussed and agreed upon at the Berlin 12 Conference on 8-9 December 2015 and are embodied in an Expression of Interest, which has been endorsed by numerous international scholarly organizations. The practical steps that can be taken towards the envisaged transformation are outlined in a Roadmap.