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Open Science

Open Science aims to make practices of science more transparent in the field of research, education and in connection to society.

Open Science is a global movement that aims to “make scientific knowledge openly available, accessible and reusable for everyone, to increase scientific collaborations and sharing of information for the benefits of science and society, and to open the processes of scientific knowledge creation, evaluation and communication to societal actors beyond the traditional scientific community.”

Source: UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (2021)

Open Science FAQ

  • How to publish Open Access?

    From 2023, VU will implement an Open Access policy, making Open Access publishing the norm for all VU researchers. Publications by VU authors should then be registered in PURE and, where possible, immediately made Open Access under an open licence with copyright retained by the author. See the Open Access page for information on the various Open Access publication routes

  • How to manage your research data?

    The Research Data Support portal provides guidance about research data support available to you.  

    • Before research: Assist with data management planning (DMP), solutions for meeting funder requirements, estimating data storage, choosing the right data storage solutions, preparing you for privacy and legal concerns and DMP-training.
    • During research: Assist with making your data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reproducible), training on high-performance computing (HPC), data anonymization and encryption.
    • After research: Assist with data archiving, open archiving, making your data cite-able, restrictive access for verification and dark archiving.
  • How to join an Open Science Community?

    • The Open Science Community Amsterdam is part of the larger open science community network in the Netherlands. It encompasses the three big educational institutions in Amsterdam, the UvA, the VU and the HvA as well as the Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS). Open science communities are an initiative to create a platform for researchers and students from all faculties and academic levels to subscribe to the open science philosophy, talk and learn about open science practices, and get concrete advice and help on how to apply them in their research projects. The Open Science Community Amsterdam is organizing events, both in-person and online.
      Visit their website and become a member of OSCA
    • Student Initiative for Open Science
      "We believe that by promoting open science within students at the early stages of their careers, we will be able to improve global scientific practices in the long term. This aim will be met by organising lectures, debates, and workshops, and actively communicating with the parties responsible for constructing university programs. We strive to implement open science practices to university curricula as thesis pre-registrations, open science -related courses, and open access to academic publications."
      Visit the website and become part of SIOS
  • How does Open Science connect academia with society?

    Scientific knowledge is intended to contribute to collective benefits. Facilitating accessibility to and reusability of the processes and products of knowledge production creates new possibilities for interaction, collaboration and participation with academic colleagues and relevant societal partners. It is important to engage with society about the choice of topics, the work done in academia and how it relates to societal challenges through for example science communication and citizen science. 

    • Open Research Amsterdam is a digital platform for research, knowledge, and innovation about Amsterdam and the metropolitan area. The goal of the platform is to share knowledge, to show relations between different kinds of knowledge, and to work together in research projects. 
    • Citizen Science is the involvement of citizens in scientific research. 
  • How to make use of Open Education?

    • Open Education instructs teachers on how to use copyrighted material in their courses and during lectures.  
    • Open Educational Resources are educational materials that are available for reuse, free of charge under certain conditions. 

Do you have questions about Open Science at VU Amsterdam?

Feel free to contact us!


Open Science Coordinator Sander Bosch
Management Assistent Open Science Iris van der Werff