KRAKOW — The second National Tripartite Event in Poland was held as part of Poland’s EOSC Festival 2023 on 6-7 November at Poland’s National Science Centre.
The event welcomed representatives from European entities, including Bertil Egger Beck from the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), Volker Beckmann, French delegate to the EOSC Steering Board (EOSC-SB), and Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association (EOSC-A). The hosting government was represented by Mateusz Gaczyński from the Polish Ministry of Education and Science. In total there were over 40 contributors, including speakers, panellists and moderators, 50 additional in-person participants, and 208 online participants.
The diverse agenda addressed critical issues related to Open Science (OS) policymaking and implementation, along with the question of how to enhance EOSC structures in EU-designated Widening Countries. Presenters included distinguished guest speakers and contributors from 13 countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Malta, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and Poland. The representatives of the Polish Ministry of Education and Science, along with 19 Polish stakeholders participating in the EOSC Festival, demonstrated their long-term commitment to building and developing EOSC infrastructures, services, and skills in Poland in order to establish a mature and fully operational EOSC national structure.
European, national and institutional stakeholders
Policy stakeholders emphasised the need for continuous engagement in EOSC at different levels. The EC’s Bertil Egger Beck stated, “We are aiming for OS to become a new normal in the EU.” His presentation highlighted the ongoing efforts required to achieve OS objectives.
Mateusz Gaczyński acknowledged the progressively increasing engagement of Polish stakeholders, stating: “The more we do for OS, the more it requires from us.” He confirmed Poland’s readiness to “chase” the EOSC goals.
Volker Beckmann emphasised EOSC-SB’s role as guardian of the interests of EU Member States and Associated Countries, particularly through monitoring in order to ensure continuous improvement. He also highlighted the need to support EOSC in the EU’s forthcoming Framework Programme 10.
EOSC-A’s Karel Luyben demonstrated EOSC’s added value in unlocking the full potential of research data for accelerating discoveries and innovations.
The second half of the day took a deep dive into specific Polish OS policy initiatives and the implementation of EOSC in Poland.
The future of EOSC governance
The speakers representing the three legs of EOSC governance, the so-called Tripartite Collaboration, also provided insights into the potential scenarios under consideration for the future governance of EOSC.
Bertil Egger Beck presented how “the EU node will enable the federation of national nodes,” while Volker Beckman explained the key differences between integrated and hybrid scenarios. Karel Luyben presented the EOSC Association’s perspective on the scenarios being considered, and presented EOSC-A’s proposed model. Which scenarios move forward for further consideration will the subject of the 28 November EOSC Tripartite Event in Madrid.
Addressing the Widening Countries
The meeting’s second day commenced with the EOSC Regional Hub Round Table: Key challenges of EOSC in the Widening Countries, in which 11 stakeholders from the Widening Countries participated. An exploration of Open Science and EOSC-related policies and implementations provided a comprehensive view of models, contexts, and solutions for enriching EOSC landscapes in the Widening Countries. This allowed for the exchange of valuable knowledge and experiences, fostering a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive EOSC environment.
The Widening Countries Round Table was followed by a discussion among 18 Polish stakeholders, as well participants in the EOSC Poland Network, who shared their views and recommendations for EOSC’s advancement in Poland.
The knowledge and expertise brought to the EOSC Festival 2023 significantly contributed to the depth and breadth of discussions and conclusions regarding EOSC policies, their implementations at European and national levels, and the future of EOSC. This meeting aimed to facilitate more effective communication among stakeholders from the Widening Countries, who share context-specific similarities, providing a solid foundation for advanced collaboration in the future.
The National Science Centre Poland wishes to express gratitude for the participation of all EOSC Festival contributors: speakers, panellists, moderators, and participants. Your contributions were pivotal in making this event a success.