EOSC Steering Board representatives
Austria has put in place the necessary organisational structures and funding from national sources for a full implementation of Open Science on all levels of its research activities. Its major universities and research performing and funding organisations have joined forces in various networks and consortia, with the EOSC Support Office Austria (EOSC SOA) as a very active operational unit of the ACONET Association, the country’s Mandated Organisation. Together, the members of EOSC SOA strive for a coordinated development of the Austrian Open Science Policy and EOSC goals.
The ACONET Association  is the signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding with the EOSC Association and thus the Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation. To carry out the work this entails towards the implementation of EOSC, however, ACONET Association has created a dedicated body, the EOSC Support Office Austria (EOSC SOA). ACONET Association’s role can therefore be understood as legal representative with no operational plans or executive power over the specific EOSC-related tasks in Austria in which its members may be involved. This is done by the EOSC SOA, whose members include all leading Austrian research performing organisations. Founded in 2021, EOSC SOA thus acts as the coordinator of EOSC activities in the country and as closest link to the EOSC Association. Its operational goals translate those of the EOSC Association into the national context. Contact: Paolo Budroni (paolo.budroni[at]tuwien.ac.at).
Despite its short existence, EOSC SOA has managed to achieve an identifiable division of roles thanks to structured working methods and a clear information infrastructure. Several of its members are currently involved in Horizon Europe consortia (EOSC Focus, SKILLS4EOSC and e-IRGSP7) to develop and implement EOSC. Contact: contact[at]eosc-austria.at.
A further recent initiative is the platform created in 2021 by the Austrian University Conference (uniko), called Open Science Austria. Its goal is to keep members up to date about the evolving Open Science landscape in Europe and beyond through strategy papers that enables to make informed decisions.
Austria also counts with several national generic and discipline-specific e-infrastructures and services, including repositories for data and publications, high performance computation clusters, etc. (a full list as of 2021 can be found in the Appendixes of the Austria Country Profile Q4/2022). Many of them are linked to EU-wide initiative and projects through various projects and networks.
Open Science and the EOSC landscape
 Not to be confused with the National Research and Education Network (ACOnet), originally funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science within the framework of the ACONET Association and was established in 1990 under the responsibility of TU Wien. Since 1992 ACOnet has been operated by the University of Vienna.
National Tripartite Event Austria
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research served as host to the very first EOSC National Tripartite Event,... Read more
3rd General Assembly - EOSC Support Office Austria
3rd General Assembly of the EOSC Support Office Austria/EOSC Austrian Mandated Organisation. It takes place on Wednesday, 18 October 2023,... Read more
The EOSC Lustrum: 5 years of EOSC developments – All about everything (loosely based on…
Join us to celebrate 5 years since the launch of the EOSC initiative! The event will take place on Thursday,... Read more
2nd General Assembly of the Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation / EOSC Support Office Austria
The EOSC Support Office Austria / Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation cordially invites to its 2nd General Assembly To celebrate one year of cooperation, reflecting on the already achieved work and...
Austria’s Open Science Policy was adopted on 23rd February 2022 after a discussion period of around two years that included consultation with various stakeholders, including the Federal Ministries of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), Digitisation and Business Location (BMDW), and Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK). The Policy follows the Open Data and Public Sector Information Directive (EU 2019/1024), and is based on the principles of providing rewards and incentives to the adoption of Open Science practices, defines indicators for its implementation, establishes links to EOSC, and includes sections on FAIR data, research integrity, skills and education, and citizen science.
EOSC in Practice
Embracing the principles of transparency, reproducibility, and accessibility, these examples highlight the innovative approaches adopted by researchers across various disciplines. From open data sharing and collaborative platforms to pre-registration and open peer review, these practices enhance scientific integrity and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.
The ADLS project is an initiative funded by the Austrian Government to foster collaborative approaches between our partner universities in the fields of data science and HPC.
The “Research Data” digitisation cluster comprises three projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: RIS Synergy, FAIR... Read more
IDE@S – Innovative Data Environment @…
At regional level, the project IDE@S (Innovative Data Environment @ Styria) explored between 2020 and mid-2022 the status of Open... Read more
Paolo Budroni – ACONET verein
News from Austria
Ready for EOSC: an interview with Paolo Budroni of EOSC Support Office Austria
This interview is part of a series coordinated by the EOSC Focus project. The interviews aim to highlight the role of... Read more
EOSC-A welcomes new Members and Observers
Four new Members and four new Observers were unanimously voted into EOSC-A at GA#6, bringing the total number of EOSC-A organisations to 251.
Boosting EOSC with the support of EOSC Focus project
EOSC Focus project kicked-off in Vienna this June
Members and Observers from Austria
The ACONET Association, founded in 1986, promotes the Austrian scientific network ACOnet, which is the shared high-performance network for non-profit...
BBMRI-ERIC improves the accessibility and interoperability of biological samples and associated data across Europe. Together with clinicians, bioinformaticians, and biologists...
Universität Wien (University of Vienna)
The University of Vienna is a modern and, at the same time, a long-standing, large institution which considers it an...
Please find here the EOSC-related projects where members from this country are involved as partners.
The BeYond-COVID project aims to make COVID-19 data accessible to scientists in laboratories but also to anyone who can use it, such......
e-Infrastructure Reflection Group Support Programme 7
The project e-Infrastructure Reflection Group Support Programme 7 (e-IRGSP7) is intended to provide the vital core services to the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group......
Focusing on Open Collaboration and Useful Science
EOSC Focus will support the co-programmed EOSC Partnership in delivering its mission of establishing Open Science as the “new normal”. The......