Are European countries open to Open Science?

Michela Bertero Jan 27, 2020 · 3min read   The European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) was born almost four years ago when Commissioner Carlos Moedas announced the creation of a group of diverse stakeholders who will provide advice on Open Science to the European Commission. That is how we started...

“Trips” to Brussels

  Angèle Bénard-Sankaran Dec 19, 2019 · 4min read   Part of our mission as ISA project managers is to keep up with the European Commission guidelines for H2020 project management and to stay abreast with novel research funding programs. My first trip to the European Commission in Brussels took...

Why I refused your invitation to review a scientific article submitted in your journal

Angèle Bénard-Sankaran Dec 19, 2019 · 4min read   A few months ago, I received an email from a scientific journal “Infection, Genetics and Evolution” belonging to the by-now infamous publisher group Elsevier. This email contained a personal invitation to review a manuscript within the remit of my scientific expertise,...

Training the next generation of researchers – three perspectives

“… to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.” …is the first objective that appears in the official guidelines of the European Commission (EC),...

The annual retreat of ISA

Angèle Bénard-Sankaran Oct 2, 2019 · 3min read Some energetic early birds, a few sleepy heads and a couple of late comers, all boarded a mini-bus on a fine Thursday morning in June to drive towards a cute village in Catalonia’s countryside. We were headed for two days of intense...

A (half-)outsider view of ISA

Karel De Pourcq Jun 14, 2019 · 2,5min read   What is ISA? Well, yes, what the heck is this place? An easy question to ask, and perhaps a frequent one at that (locally). But it is not a simple one to answer, and not at all because things are...

First “affaire” in Paris on Open Science

Michela Bertero Jun 10, 2019 · 2min read   No other city than Paris could have been a more ideal setting for our first story from “Affair(e)s in Science”. The city of love… but also of top-notch science. I was in Paris last March in one of the research institutes bearing...