The EuroScience Open Forum 2016 took place in Manchester, UK, between July, 23-27th. The European Commissionner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas delivered a speech on “Europe’s voyage towards an open global research area“.
He underlined that
“Rather than being an elite activity, concentrated in a few countries in Europe, 21st century science will involve tens of thousands of scientists working collaboratively across the globe.”
Open access to data and research integrity are the keys according to the Commissioner:
“The future of our knowledge economy will rely on public access to data, so that 1) the European public can take part in the scientific debate and 2) the public can directly access scientific evidence on the issues they care about.”
“we’re putting more focus on research integrity in Horizon 2020 model grant agreements. And today, I can announce that the grant agreements for Horizon 2020 have been updated. They will include clearer rules on Research integrity, making sure that all researchers and research institutions know their obligations.”
“So, to ensure Europe leads the way on open science, I can announce that, from today, the Commission has made open data the default for all Horizon 2020 projects.”
The European Commission has also mentionned the current process of EU Copyright law revision, including the idea to introduce a research exception in copyright and a legal framework for Text and Data Mining. Lastly, he talked about the situation for UK researchers and participation to H2020 as of now.
Read the full speech here