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Keynote Speech

Co-creating enablers for practicing open science - the EC perspective

Michael Arentoft

Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Open Science

A key role of research policymakers and funders is to co-develop with the research community the ‘enablers’ for practicing open science. A fundamental enabler is a set of research assessment systems that reward what we value in science, i.e. a range of practices (open access to latest findings, data sharing etc.) and outputs (datasets, code, publications etc.) that lead to excellence and impact. Another framework to have in place is of regulatory nature, so that our researchers are clear about who can share what research output, for which purpose, and under which conditions. Of crucial importance is the building of capacities in terms of infrastructure, skills, and resources, e.g. for data sharing and for open access scholarly publishing. Cutting across these are issues such as use of AI, equity, international cooperation, and monitoring progress in implementation.


Michael was previously Deputy Head of International R&I Cooperation Strategy, Innovation Union policy officer, Acting Head of Strategy for ICT R&I, Sector Head of ICT R&I Work Programme and Planning, coordinator of ICT Essential Technologies and Infrastructures, and project officer in High Performance Computing and Networking. Before joining the EC, he was with Computer Resources International and with Rovsing International. His educational background is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Computer and Information Science PhD program and from the Technical University of Denmark’s Electrical Engineering Master’s program.