Thursday, September 9, 2021 11:00to14:00

International Network for Government Science Advice Conference (INGSA) Satellite Event

In the past 18 months we have seen an unprecedented level of sharing as scientists worked collaboratively and shared data to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating the ongoing cultural shift in research practices towards Open Science.

This acceleration of the discovery/research process presents opportunities for institutions and governments to develop infrastructure, tools, funding, policies, and training to support, promote, and reward open science efforts. It also presents new opportunities to accelerate progress towards the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through international scientific cooperation.

At the same time, scientists, institutions and governments face new challenges: rapid developments in open science often outpace national open science policies, funding, and infrastructure frameworks. Moreover, the development of international standard setting instruments, such as the future UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, requires international harmonization of national policies, the establishment of frameworks to ensure equitable participation, and education, training, and professional development.

This 3-hour satellite event brings together international and national policy makers, funders, and experts in open science infrastructure to discuss these issues.

The outcome of the satellite event will be a summary report with recommendations for Open Science policy alignment at institutional, national, and international levels.

11:00 Welcome remarks
Liette Vasseur, PhD
Professor, Brock University
Mylène Deschênes
Director, Ethics and Legal Affairs
Fonds de recherche du Québec

11:10 Keynote - Impacts of COVID on the Open Science Ecosystem
Vincent Larivière, PhD
Professor, Information Science
Associate Vice-President (planning and communications)
Canada Research Chair, Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Université de Montréal

11:30 Panel discussion with Q/A
Moderator: Dylan Roskams-Edris, Open Science Alliance Officer
Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, The Neuro

Sonya Dumanis, PhD, Deputy Director, Aligning Science Across Parkinson's
Laura Rovelli, PhD, Latin American Forum for Research Assessment (FOLEC)
Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)
Kaitlin Thaney, Executive Director, Invest in Open Infrastructure
Victoria Tsoukala, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation

12:30 Break

12:45 Open Science Case Study Session

  • The OpenNeuroPET Project - Campaign to Combat PET Data Entropy
  • Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) – The Role of Rights Retention in Meeting Open Access Policy Mandates
  • Clinical Biospecimen Imaging and Genetic Repository – Open Access Biobank
  • Editorial Board of Current Issues in Education, Arizona State University - Issues in Education

13:15-14:00 Feedback and Closing remarks

The outcome of the satellite event will be a summary report with recommendations for open science policy alignment at institutional, national, and international levels.

The event will be hosted on the events platform and participants will be able to choose which concurrent session they participate in upon registration. Registration is free but will be closed when capacity is reached.

The Open Science: Science for the 21st Century event is organized by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, The Neuro and the Knowledge Equity Lab at University of Toronto Scarborough.

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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