Open in order to advance science


In celebration of the 10th International Open Access Week, the Belgian universities present a two-day conference: ‘Open In Order To Advance Science’, elaborating the benefits that can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available. This two day event will have an introduction day to find out what Open Science is all about and to update your existing knowledge. The second day proceeds with a more comprehensive and in depth overview of how institutions and support staff can accelerating the translation of Open Science theory into research practice. Registration are now closed.

Discover – 23 October

Do you know about Open Science? You might still be unsure what is in it for you! Why is it beneficial and how can it be implemented? What better way than hearing from successful fellow researchers and professionals who have built their career promoting Open Science! This day is aimed at researchers, PhD’s and research support staff.

Advanced – 24 October

Are you familiar with the basic concepts of Open Science but looking for more in-depth information? Are you seeking further expertise and training? On the second day of this conference we are looking to deepen our knowledge and provide a platform for all Open Science enthusiast. This day is aimed at librarians, supporting staff and research offices.

You are invited to join two days of talks, debates and discussion.  Registration is free of course but mandatory as we’d like to be well-prepared for your  participation. Currently the registrations are closed. For more information or questions you can mail send us an e-mail.

Date: 23 – 24 October 2017

Place: The Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts/Kunstberg,  1000 Bruxelles/Brussel

Please note that slight changes to the programme may still occur:

Programme ‘Discover’ on 23 October 2017.

09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Open Science: an introduction Valentino Cavalli (LIBER)
10:00 – 10:30 Visibility and Impact through Open Access Valérie Durieux (ULB)
10:30 – 11:00 Know your copyright Julien Cabay (ULB/ULiège)
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:45 APC: Why must the Author Pay the Costs? Carl Demeyere (KU Leuven)
11:45 – 12:15 Metrics for research evaluation: good or bad? It depends! Marco Seeber (UGent)
12:15 – 12:25 ORCID – why to register? Ulrike Kenens (KU Leuven)
12:25 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 How to start managing your data: DMPs explained Ulrike Kenens (KU Leuven) and Myriam Mertens (UGent)
14:00 – 14:30 Identify yourself as a researcher in an open way Jord Hanus (UA)
14:30 – 15:00 The changing roles of libraries and librarians in scholarly communication Demmy Verbeke (KU Leuven)
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 15:45 Open Access in Europe: EC policy Jean-Claude Burgelman (EC)
15:45 – 16:45 Citizen science Catherine Linard (UNamur), Mahsa Shabani (KU Leuven), Roeland Samson (UA)
16:45 – 17:00 Conclusion of the day

Programme ‘Advanced’ on 24 October 2017.


09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Evaluations and incentives in an Open Science context Karen Vandevelde (UGent)
10:00 – 10:30 General Data Protection Regulation Willem Debeuckelaere (CBPL)
10:30 – 11:00 Open Access and evolving business models in publishing Aude Alexandre (BICFB)
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:45 Legal aspects in Belgium: where are we now? Joris Deene (Everest Advocaten)
11:45 – 12:15 Altmetrics and metrics Raf Guns (UA)
12:15 – 12:35 The Open Access strategy of the Royal library Sophie Vandepontseele (KBR)
12:35 – 12:45 Repositories: Industry Trends Atmire
12:40 – 13:40 Lunch
13:40 – 14:10 European infrastructure for Open Science Emilie Hermans and Inge Van Nieuwerburgh (UGent)
14:10 – 15:10 Session – Implementing Research Data Management (RDM)
  •  Outcome survey: RDM practices and needs 
Lucy Amez (VUB)
  • White paper RDM in Flanders – Main conclusions
Hannelore Vanhaverbeke (KULeuven)
  • DMP-online Belgium
Myriam Mertens (UGent)
  • Implementation of RDM at institutional level
Anthony Leroy (ULB), Sadia Vancauwenbergh      (UHasselt), Inge Van Nieuwerburgh (UGent)
15:10 – 15:20 Conclusion

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World Humanities Conference in Liège : “Humanities and knowledge as a public good”

Over the past 20 years digital open scholarly communications have slowly changed the way we study, research, publish and share knowledge in developed and developing regions, with a trend toward open access, open science, en data. Openness brings benefits but also challenges for  sustainable and participatory knowledge infrastructures.

As part of the World Humanities Conference (Liège, from sunday 6 to saturday 12 august), the panel on “The humanities and knowledge as a public good” organized by CLACSO will have invited presentations by Bhanu Neupane (UNESCO, Open Access Programs), Justus Roux (Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa, President), Williams Nwagwu (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa –CODESRIA Open Access Program), Dominique Chalono (University of Liege, ORBi)

Date and time:  Wednesday 9th. August, from  6:30 pm to 8 pm

Place: University of Liege, (Site du XX Août, Room Gothot, building A1, level +1)

Online registration:

Open Access Erasmus Staff Week 2017 at the University of Liège

For the third year, the libraries network of the University of Liege (ULg Library) organizes an “Open Access Erasmus Staff Week” to expose, question and reflect on the new roles and opportunities which emerged from the Open Access & Open Science movement for the academic libraries.

Based both on ULg Library’s expertize and on each participant’s experience in Open Access, the main OA components will be addressed : mandates, author rights, Open Science, libraries roles, etc. Some sessions will be collaborative and, for others, participants will be invited to expose their own open access experiences.

When? : 8 to 12 may 2017, english will be the working language.

The application deadline is March 10th, 2017.

Details and registrations



An excerpt of the Open Science on the move event


During Open Access week, Belgian universities jointed forced to organize a two-day  event titled ‘Open Science on the Move’.

The aim of the event was to show how open access has moved beyond it original thresholds and moved toward a global approach of opening up the whole scientific process. Where open access started as a movement to open up publications, it is now both a challenger for traditional publishing models and a topic high on the political agenda.  Currently a draft bill is being voted for the Walloon-Brussels region that implements a mandatory depositing policy for research papers.

All the presentation are available for consultation at the end of this post. Continue reading “An excerpt of the Open Science on the move event”

Practical information for participants ‘Open Science on the Move’

Jointly organized by OpenAIRE, BICfB and VLIR – Open Science working group

Practical information

As the ‘Open Science on the Move’-event is drawing closer, we’d like to inform you about a few practicalities. For organizational reasons, we invite you to register before October 17th. You can register for one or both days here.
Registration starts at 9.00. The first presentation will start at 9.30 the 24st and 9.20 the 25th. We kindly request all participants to arrive on time so we can keep to the schedule.
You can find the full program for both days here.

How to get there


For safety reasons the entrance at Boulevard de l’Empereur 4 is not available, public entrance is at the Mont des Arts/Kunstberg.

You can download the multimodal access plan (pdf)

By public transport

Train  Brussels-Central
Underground 1 and 5 (metro station Gare Centrale)
Tram  92 – 94 (Place Royale)
Bus    29 – 38 – 63 – 66 – 71 – 65 – 86 (Gare Centrale)
27 – 95 – 38 – 71 (Place Royale)
48-95 (Place St. Jean)

By car

Pay and display car park ‘Albertine’
Entrance: Place de la Justice et Rue des Sols


Do you want to join the discussion? Our twitter tag is #OABelgium
Any other questions? Send us an email

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Register for Open Science on the Move

Jointly organized by OpenAIRE, BICfB and VLIR – Open Science working group

The topic of open access has moved well beyond opening up publications and research data. Additional to those important ways of sharing lies a more integrated approach, generally known as open science. The striving for transparency, public availability and reuseability has made some enthusiastic advocates for Open Science. But what are the possibilities and challenges? And how to apply Open Science in your research workflow?

Find out more during the international Open Access week, where the Belgian Universities jointly organize a two-day event titled ‘Open Science on the Move’. Registrations are now open: you can enrol here. The full program is available here. Continue reading “Register for Open Science on the Move”

Join the Belgian Open Access week event: ‘Open Science on the move’ 24-25 October 2016

Participate in the Open Science event, organized by the Flemish and French-speaking universities of Belgium, at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels on 24-25 October 2016.

The theme of this year’s  International Open Access Week, to be held October 24-30, will be ‘Open in Action’.  The Belgian universities, with the support of the Royal Library, jointly organize a two-day event titled ‘Open Science on the move’.  As ‘Open Access’ becomes a more and more familiar concept, this event will focus on the broader picture of ‘Open science’ and how to open up all aspects of scientific research.

Topics will include, among other things: open access, open peer review and open data.

Anyone can attend the event although the first day is primarily intended for researchers,  PhD students, postdocs, and (junior) professors, while the 25th of October is oriented towards research administrations, research coordinators and librarians.

  • Monday  24 October: oriented towards researchers – program
  • Tuesday 25 October: oriented towards research administration/coordinators and librarians – program
  • This event will be held at the KBR, Keizerslaan 4 Boulevard de l’Empereur, 1000 Brussels

More information about the ‘Open Science on the move’-event and how to enrol is coming soon!

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