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An international symposium on the impact of Plan S, organised by the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub in collaboration with the Young Academy of Europe, KU Leuven Libraries and Cardiff University, took place at KU Leuven on 5th-6th November 2019.
An audience of around 130 gathered at the historic Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. A distinguished panel of experts debated the prospects for researchers, universities, learned societies, academies and publishers.
After a welcome by Professor Sierd Cloetingh MAE, President of Academia Europaea, and Dr Mangala Srinivas FYAE, Chair of Young Academy of Europe, the conference started with the keynote address by Professor Johan Rooryck MAE, the new Open Access Champion.
The YAE contributed to the first panel discussion of the day which explored the impact of Plan S on early- and mid-career researchers. The session was chaired by Professor John Creemers, Director of the Doctoral School for Biomedical Sciences at KU Leuven. Speakers included:
- Gareth O’Neill, Plan S Ambassador
- Véronique De Herde, Eurodoc representative and contact for Plan S
- Dr Matthew DiFranco, Chair, Marie Curie Alumni Association
- Professor Toma Susi, Vice-Chair, Young Academy of Europe
Key points made during this open discussion were:
- The negative effect of the present research evaluation system and impact factors on early-career researchers, with criticism of the current narrow definition of quality.
- DORA principles are important to early-career researchers but need to be implemented properly.
- Many early-career researchers are not well-informed about Plan S, therefore clear communication is vital.
- The possibility of alternative open publishing platforms was generally welcomed, as was a transition towards more open and transparent peer review processes.
Images courtesy of the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub.
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We are delighted to announce that new Open Access Champion of cOAlition S, Professor Johan Rooryck, will be our keynote speaker at The Future of research: Assessing the impact of Plan S.
The international symposium, taking place at KU Leuven on 5th-6th November 2019, will begin with Professor Rooryck speaking about Plan S: from principles to implementation. Following the keynote, expert panels will focus on key aspects of Plan S and its impact on research, with the opportunity for interactive discussion.
At the joint YAE/AE/ALLEA meeting in Budapest, it was great to see such a large input from many of our YAE fellows. One of the main contributions was from our Chair Marcel Swart, who was involved in a round-table session on SAPEA and joined by academies from the UK, Germany, Hungary, EURO-CASE, the Director-General Research and Innovation EU and the Presidents of ALLEA and Academia Europaea. Our Chair highlighted that the science policy discussed in SAPEA mainly affects young researchers in the future, and hence it is very important that young researchers should be involved in the SAPEA processes as they are through the YAE, with one of our fellows leading one of the chapters for the Food from the Oceans topic and another fellow being member of one of the Working Groups.
As well as taking part in many of the important discussion sessions in the joint meeting, some of our fellows also had the opportunity to share their research. In particular we heard from Mangala Srinivas who presented about Cellular Therapies in Europe: Current status and future possibilities in a plenary session titled Health and Disease, and Healthy Living. The session covered a broad area of health and disease, and ended with a panel discussion on the regulatory issues facing health care today. Regulatory issues are a major concern, given that many new types of therapies, including cell therapies, simply do not fit the schemes developed for traditional drugs and is something that Mangala highlighted in her talk. Mangala also commented,
“I’m not sure I would have received this invitation to talk if not for the YAE, so that’s just another benefit of being an active member!”
Another of our YAE members to talk about their research was Kate Hendry who spoke in the Climate, Environment, Water and Future Earth plenary session. Kate talked about the issues of high latitude and mountain glaciers melting at an ever increasing rate. Kate said,
“The removal of freshwater, locked up as ice on land, into the ocean is causing unprecedented rates of sea-level rise”
She also discussed the evidence that subglacial melt from the Greenland ice sheet releases a large quantity of key nutrients, such as phosphate and silicon, in addition to trace elements both in dissolved form and as reactive particles. As these nutrients escape into the ocean, they will have a major impact on the marine ecosystems, potentially changing algal populations that feed important fisheries. These changes will have clear impacts on local populations, reliant on natural marine resources. We can only mitigate against these impacts by curbing greenhouse gas emissions, which will take a global effort of multi-lateral agreements. We can also engage with local populations, and plan for changes and help with adaptation. However, we are only just beginning to understand the impact of ice sheet melt on nutrient cycling and oceanic ecosystems, and we don’t fully understand what the future holds for these marine resources. Kate ended her talk by reminding the audience that there is a clear need to put resources into modelling future outcomes, and include nutrient cycling and ecosystems into our future projections.
Having such a strong contribution from our YAE fellows in meeting such as the YAE/AE/ALLEA, is crucial in shaping future research and research policy. We hope that many more of our YAE fellows have the opportunity to speak and take a leading role in the next joint meeting.
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As part of the initiative “Spreading Excellence in Europe“, the YAE, in collaboration with the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wroclaw, the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists and Nature Publishing Group, hosted the first “Excellent Science Days” in Wroclaw, on 5th-6th November 2015. The major objective of this event was to promote excellence across Europe by strengthening the potential of young researchers from central and eastern Europe to become competitors in European excellence initiatives, as well as enhancing their capacity to successfully submit their research manuscripts to top-level natural sciences journals. Thanks to Aleksandra Nowak from the AE Knowledge Hub, Magdalena Rowinska Zyrek from Wroclaw University, Sabina Górska from the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Liesbeth Venema and Iulia Georgescu from Nature Publishing group for making this workshop such a success.
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In celebration of the Year of Light, on 22nd May 2015, the Young Academy of Europe and SciLifeLab coorganised a one-day symposium “Pathways to Excellence: Experiences of Illuminating Science“, in order to honour the contributions of outstanding women in research and academic leadership. Please see the press release for additional information.
The video recordings of eighteen of this workshop’s sessions are available for streaming on our website, courtesy of Sveriges Utbildningsradio AB.