The Summit aimed at taking stock on progress and achievements towards the EOSC, a year on since the 2017 Summit, while allowing participants to share information on relevant activities and commitments and to reflect on the next steps of the implementation. With a view to providing input for the future EOSC governance and set up, a stakeholder consultation on the draft ‘Rules of Participation of EOSC' and on the draft 'FAIR Data Action Plan' was launched.
The EOSC Summit 2018 brought together 180 key players for the implementation of the EOSC, representing all categories and scientific fields. Fifteen research funders and about thirty officials attended from ministries of Member States and Associate Countries.
What is more, the Summit reached much further than Brussels; about 500 people watched the web stream of the event, 109 simultaneously at one point, from all over the globe.
The 500+ #EOSCSummit tweets reached 350k+ people and were tweeted and retweeted worldwide including a very good coverage in the EU MS, US and Canada.
The morning session brought together the main European Institutions – the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission showing their commitment to making the EOSC a reality.
After the keynote speeches held by RTD's and CONNECT's Director-Generals Jean-Eric Paquet and Roberto Viola, the Bulgarian Presidency underlined the good collaboration of the Member States with the support of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Open Science and Innovation that resulted in the adoption of the Council Conclusions on the EOSC. Michal Boni stressed that EOSC through making the research data open and FAIR is a key factor for making Europe more innovative.
Commission services were represented also by the Directors most closely involved in the EOSC set-up. They praised the fruitful collaboration fostered across services and with all stakeholders involved and that the EOSC is going to be the result of joint efforts. They have also underlined the need to accelerate the set-up of the needed infrastructure in order to deliver the EOSC by 2020.
The Horizon 2020 funded projects session showed that their work is a coordinated effort of translating the Implementation Roadmap into practical deliverables, whereas the session on EOSC in practice stories proved that there is already a lot of material to build on in different disciplines and sectors.
The Austrian Presidency, which will host the next EOSC Summit in November, warmly welcomed the progress made insofar and showed straightforward commitment to take active part in the implementation.
Throughout presentations and panel discussions, three words resounded clearly: co-creation, representativeness, quick implementation.
Experts and moderators called for an acceleration towards making the EOSC a reality, hinting at the need to further strengthening the ongoing dialogue across institutions and with stakeholders, if a functioning portal and the governance framework is to be presented in time for the EOSC launch in Vienna, on November 23rd.
While a timely delivery of the EOSC appears as the first and foremost priority, other equally significant elements emerged from the Workshop on the Rules of Participation. In particular, experts pointed at the quality of the service provided, its accessibility, technological neutrality, continuity, and legal compliance. As for the latter, a GDPR-compliant and notably standard-conformant EOSC was clearly advocated for; the adoption of existing standards should prevail over the definitions of new ones.
During the Workshop on the draft proposal for the FAIR data action plan, organised by the Commission Expert Group on "Turning FAIR data into reality", the participants discussed a series of recommended actions - assigned to multiple stakeholder groups (e.g. research performing organisations, research funders, infrastructures etc.) – for the implementation of the FAIR data principles. Taking a holistic and systemic approach and focusing on the broader range of changes required to achieve FAIR data, the Workshop was an opportunity to examine both aspects of research culture and technology, including skills, metrics and costs.
Presentations (EOSC Summit)
Presentations (Workshop on Rules of Participation)