Last Monday (20 June 2016) the Beilstein Scholars visited Merck in Darmstadt and returned full of new impressions.
Outcome of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) meeting, Brussels, 26 and 27 May 2016: Member states agreed to common goals on open science and to pursue concerted actions together with the Commission and stakeholders. Delegations committed to open access to scientific publications as the option by default by 2020 and to the best possible re-use of research data as a way to accelerate the transition towards an open science system. They agreed that the transition to open science requires support from stakeholders, especially researchers. Member states must be also actively involved, including in the work of the Open Science Policy Platform.
In the latest issue of the Beilstein Magazine Professor Timothy Clark (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg) describes the wealth of information provided by simulations and how the full potential of this information-rich resource can be utilized for research in chemistry and biology.
"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.