First meeting of the Open Science Advisory Committee

“The Open Science movement has rapidly spread across nations, calling for the opening of the gates of knowledge. However, there is currently no global understanding of its meaning, opportunities and challenges. With this in mind, an Open Science Advisory Committee  was established by the Director-General of UNESCO to provide guidance and advice on the overall implementation of the consolidated roadmap towards a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. The Committee met virtually for the first time on 16 and 17 July 2020.

The 2-day online meeting gathered the 30 members of the Advisory Committee, along with some ten observers from UNESCO Permanent Delegations and the international scientific community dealing with Open Science.
In her welcome remarks, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, congratulated the Members of the Advisory Committee for their nomination and recalled that “today, more than ever, the future is based on science”. She highlighted the unique international solidarity among scientists – beyond borders – to address the COVID-19 pandemic as the true spirit of Open Science, and stressed the crucial importance of data sharing, reducing the knowledge gaps and “leaving no one behind” as the basic principles of the Open Science movement and UNESCO’s leadership towards a Recommendation….”