Open Science

Openness is a feature inherent to the success of modern science. Sharing and exchanging ideas, theories, methods, data, and evidence is the basis for any agile, resourceful, and innovative scientific system. Over the past decades, digitalisation has accelerated this process in two ways. Technological development brings us closer to achieving the promise of universal and borderless science. Contemporary challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change require us to turn the disciplinary walls of science into permeable membranes to respond more rapidly and precisely to urgent policy questions.

The road to realise this ideal is not an easy one. Efforts to reform processes and attitudes in our scientific system and culture require common frameworks of understanding. Considerable investment in sustainable infrastructures and organisations to support it are needed to push systemic change.

As a longstanding proponent of open science, ALLEA has accumulated decades of experience and expertise on fundamental aspects of open science such as legal and ethical considerations, data management in the humanities, or digital research infrastructures. We work together with our Member Academies to amplify their voice considering the role of Europe in this global debate. Jointly with them, we gather evidence and data, foster knowledge and practices exchange, and formulate common positions in a coherent and timely manner through multiple initiatives.

Open Science Task Force

The ALLEA Open Science Task Force will contribute to the development, coordination and implementation of Open Science policies and initiatives with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to the greater European area.  It will draw on the expertise of ALLEA’s academy members in promoting science across all disciplines as a global public good that is as open as possible and as closed as necessary.  

ALLEA Contact 

Dr Camilla Leathem

Scientific Policy Officer


  • Amplify the voice of the European Academies in this the Open Science policy area and provide advice and guidance to researchers, policymakers and pertinent stakeholder organisations.
  • Work together with the Global Young Academy in assisting the creation and implementation of the European Commission Open Access publishing platform.
  • Contribute to the expert consultations on the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

  • Professor Luke Drury (Chair) – Royal Irish Academy, ALLEA Board Member
  • Dr Natalie Harrower – Royal Irish Academy
  • Professor Pere Puigdomènech – Institute for Catalan Studies/Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts Barcelona, ALLEA Board Member
  • Professor Alain Strowel – Chair ALLEA Permanent Working Group Intellectual Property Rights, UCLouvain, Saint-Louis University 
  • Professor Krista Varantola – Council of Finnish Academies, ALLEA Board Member
  • Professor Koen Vermeir – CNRS, Global Young Academy

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Disrupting the Scientific Publishing System? Plan S and the Future of Open Access

The open access initiative Plan S has rekindled the debate on the future of open access and pushed the European research community to renew its commitment to a transition towards a fully open science system. ALLEA joined the discussion with the expertise of its working groups and elaborated an initial response to shift the focus of the initiative for the benefit of science and society. The debate is far from close and many ethical, legal and disciplinary considerations are still on the table. We asked ALLEA working groups' chairs about some of the most relevant aspects of the future of open access.