EOSC Association Task Forces – on Top of the Community’s Agenda

EOSC Association Task Forces

More than 540 applications are impressive proof of the dedication and commitment of our stakeholders to support the next phase of shaping the European Open Science Cloud.

Driving the update of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and providing input to the Horizon Europe Work Programme and EOSC projects will be core of the remit of the newly created five Advisory Groups and their embedded 13 Task Forces.

The draft charters of the 13 Task Forces were presented at the EOSC Symposium in mid-June. The EOSC Association wants to reiterate its thanks to the members of the charter drafting groups and especially to their coordinators for the huge amount of effort and consensus building to get us to this stage.

The call for participation opened on 26th June. By the deadline on Friday 30th July a total of 545 candidates submitted their application to be part of this community endeavour. Applications have been received from 41 countries. This is a fantastic response and will allow the coordinators and Board to select a diverse range of members with the requisite skillsets, reflecting a balanced range of stakeholder groups, institutions, countries, gender and career stages.

The Task Forces on Technical interoperability of data and services, Researcher engagement and adoption, Research careers, recognition and credit, and FAIR metrics and data quality received the highest number of applications (over 50 applications each). All Task Forces received 20 or more applications. With support and recommendations from the Task Force coordinators, the Board will compile short lists for each one of the Task Forces.

All applicants will receive a response by 20th September.

We expect to publish the result of the process by end September, kicking off the activities of the Task Forces and organising a joint cross-TF meeting shortly thereafter. The work of the TFs will feed into updates of the SRIA to help the EC in drafting the next phase of Horizon Europe. The TFs should, just as the EOSC projects, support the EOSC Association and the EOSC Partnership to overcome the challenges and reach the strategic objectives in the implementation phase of EOSC.

From the EOSC Association, we want to thank all the applicants for their interest and wish them successful and fruitful work ahead.

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