The “Open Science – From Policy to Practice” conference was held on 16–17 May 2023, in Stockholm and online. The theme of the conference was how institutions and countries can implement Open Science policies and recommendations and embed Open Science in society.
The two-day conference, focusing on the way forward for Open Science, highlighted different perspectives on how Open Science can strengthen sustainable futures and democracies in the EU and beyond. More than 130 government officials, policy makers, researchers, funders, science engagement professionals, civil society representatives and other stakeholders from across Europe and beyond joined the event in Stockholm, and 200 participants followed online.
Among the areas and themes discussed were development and monitoring of national Open Science policies in Europe; the new European Council conclusions on scholarly publications; aligning research assessment with Open Science; citizen science in policy and practice; and the importance of science communication for enabling Open Science.
At the conclusion of the conference, Swedish Minister for Culture Parisa Liljestrand stated, “Strengthening trust in science through Open Science means strengthening resistance towards knowledge resistance,” emphasising that “the discussions during the conference have shown how important it is to involve many different societal players and organisations in the conversation.” And in her concluding address, Karin Grönvall, National Librarian, National Library of Sweden, noted that the conference highlighted the need for national policy initiatives and actions to enable Open Science.
The event was organised by the National Library of Sweden, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and the Swedish Research Council with support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and in collaboration with the following partners: the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums (Ecsite), EuroScience, the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, the Swedish Science Centres, Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, Young Academy of Sweden, University Alliance Stockholm Trio, and VA (Public & Science).