Eurodoc Conference 2017

Open Science – Challenges and Opportunities for Early Career Researchers


The Eurodoc Conference and AGM will be held 26th-29th April 2017 in Oslo at the University of Oslo.

Registration can be done at Eventbrite

Paid accommodation is only available for official Eurodoc delegates.

Check out the information page for how to get to Oslo.

More information about the dinner can be found at the Gala Dinner page.



Wednesday 26th

Location: University of Oslo, Campus Blindern, Helga Engs Hus, Auditorium 1

14:30 Registration
Welcome to participants. Please bring your ticket and ID to register for the conference.

15:00 Opening Ceremony
Vegard Stenhjem Hagen (President of SiN)
Ewelina Pabjańczyk-Wlazło (President of Eurodoc)
Ole Petter Ottersen (Rector UiO)
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Minister of Education)

16:30 Session 1
Why Open Science concerns us all!

Open Science is not only about making scientific results available through Open Access. Open Science is about making research more inclusive, transparent, collaborative and cost-effective. This does not only have an impact on science’s contribution to solving global challenges, but it also has immediate implications for each individual researcher. Two Open Science visionaries will tell us about the problems they perceive in the traditional way of doing research and how Open Science will have an impact on each of us.


18:00 Welcome Reception

20:30 Conference Dinner

Thursday 27th

Location: University of Oslo, Campus Blindern, Helga Engs Hus, Auditorium 1

09:00 Session 2

Obstacles to Open Science and how they can be overcome
Open Science presents an idealistic idea of what our research community might look like one day, but the road to its realization is full of obstacles. Early Career Researchers’ challenges are often related to financial pressures and precarious working conditions, but also to issues with trust and openness in a highly competitive field. In this session, we will have the chance to discuss openly about the obstacles we face and what concerns us most with regard to the Open Science movement. We will also hear about positive examples of how challenges might be overcome and what positive results this can lead to.

10:30 Coffee break

10:45 Session 3
What steps can government and university leaders take to promote Open Science?

We are frequently told that all research should be published Open Access, and that all data resulting from publicly funded research should be made publicly available. But does this actually fit with our current reward systems and career advancement structures? What are structural obstacles to Open Science, and how can these obstacles be removed? We have invited influential people and decision-makers from the research and higher education sector to discuss these questions

12:15 Lunch

13:30 Session 4
Academic publishing - Time for a paradigmatic shift?

Ongoing debates in academia are questioning whether researchers and research production are too dependent on commercial academic publishers. This brings along questions of whether reviewers are sufficiently valued in this commercial system and whether the highly competitive publication cycles leave enough room for the necessary research quality assurance in form of study replications, data reproducibility and research validation. In this session we will discuss in what way Open Access proposes viable solutions to those challenges or whether there are good reasons that the commercial publishing model will persevere.

15:00 Coffee Break

15:15 Session 5
What we can learn from the Early Career Researcher community

This session offers us interesting insights into different projects in the Eurodoccommunity that are not necessarily related to Open Science. Herewith we want todemonstrate the diversity and breadth of work done by Eurodoc and its memberassociations. A more detailed session abstract will follow.

16:45 Closing Remarks

17:15-18:00 Training for new Eurodoc delegates

20:00 Guided Tour through Oslo

Invited speakers


Torbjørn Røe Isaksen
Minister of Education and Research


Ole Petter Ottersen
Rector UiO
Chair, Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

Pandelis Perakakis
Director, Open Scholar CIC
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (CIMCYC), University of Granada

Fabienne Gautier
Head of Unit 'ERA policy and reform', DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Katrien Maes
Chief policy officer LERU (League of European Research Universities)

Jan Palmowski
Secretary General of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch
Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe

Maja Mise
Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)

Alexander Jensenius
The Young Academy of Norway

Aidis Stukas
Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers

Ieva Krumina
Association of Latvian Young Scientists

Melania Borit
Tromsø Doctoral Students (TODOS)

Gareth O’Neill
PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN)

Slobodan Radicev
EuroScience, Board member

Charlotte Teresa Weber
Tromsø Doctoral Students (TODOS)

Fulvio Rizzo
The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT)

Filomena Parada
Portuguese Association of grant-holding researchers (ABIC)

Anna Tschaut
The Interdisciplinary Network for PhD Candidates and Early Stage
Researchers in Germany (THESIS)

Eva Hnátková
Student Chamber of the Council of HEIs, Czech Republic










Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, has since 2002 been committed to represent early career researchers in Europe. Being the voice of 32 national PhD organisations at European level, the council hosts open conferences annually. Guided by the theme “Open Science – Challenges and Opportunities for Early Career Researchers”, the conference in 2017 will bring together a blend of Open Science visionaries, international experts and stakeholders. As a long-standing Eurodoc member, The Association of Doctoral Organisations in Norway (SiN) is the proud organiser of the Eurodoc 2017 conference in collaboration with UiODoc that will take place in Oslo 26th-27th of April.