Next Wednesday, the Policy Centre is holding an event in Brussels…

Chaired by Martin Porter, Managing Director, Edelman | The Centre

& Geoffrey Boulton FRS, University of Edinburgh


Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 12.00 to 17.30, followed by a drinks reception

The Centre is hosting a discussion of the upcoming Royal Society study entitled ‘Science as a public enterprise: opening up scientific information’.

The study focuses on the exchange of information among scientists and other interested groups in an era of increasingly data-heavy science. Principles of replication and re-use, that have been fundamental to the progress of science, are at risk when abundant data is not managed properly.  The Royal Society is exploring what a more open science could do to return science to these principles.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore differing national attitudes and interests in scientific information across Europe and address together one of several pressing questions: what incentives should scientists be offered to share information;  what infrastructure and legislation is necessary to balance demands for greater openness in science with confidentiality, security and commercial concerns; and where can European states co-ordinate approaches to opening up scientific research, where can they not? As the European Commission develops its own Digital Agenda, and specifically their inquiry into scientific information in the digital age, these are key questions for policy makers in Brussels and all European nations.

To register, please send an email with ‘European Open Science’ in the subject field and stating clearly your name and organisation,

The event will take place at:

Edelman | The Centre, Avenue Marnix 22, B-1000 Brussels,



Full programme:

12.00 -14.00        Lunch and networking


14.00 – 15.00      The challenge and the promise of data-heavy networked science

Chair: Professor Geoffrey Boulton FRS FRSE OBE, Chair of the Royal Society working group on Science as a Public Enterprise. Introducing the study and chairing a panel discussion.

Speakers to include:

Dr Christoph Best – Google (previously EBI)

Dr Wouter Los – LifeWatch


15.00 – 15.30  Break


15.30 – 16.30      A qualified openness: commercial value and confidentiality

Chair: Roger Elliott, ALLEA IP group

Speakers to include:

Professor Joseph Straus – Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Dr Lorenza Saracco – Policy Officer, Research infrastructure, DG RTD


16.30 – 17.30      Building the European research infrastructure to support open science

Chair: Geoffrey Boulton

Speakers to include:

Professor Laurent Romary – Max Planck Digital Library, Council of the International Text Encoding Initiative

Dr Konstantinos Glinos – Head of Unit, GEANT and eInfrastructures, DG INFSO

Dr Donatella Castelli – D4Science project


17.30 – 18.30      Drinks reception

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