The “Open Science Virtual Dialogues: Innovations, Challenges and Projections for the Future from an Interregional Dialogue” have been held

The Open Science Virtual Dialogues, a much anticipated and celebrated event, successfully took place on 6 and 7 April, facilitating academic cooperation, information exchange and inclusive policy-making in the field of science and research. The EU-LAC Foundation and OBREAL Global, with the invaluable support of the Ministry of Education of Argentina and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, co-hosted the virtual event. High-level speakers and experts from around the world gathered to present “Innovations, Challenges and Future Projections from an Interregional Dialogue” on Open Science, attracting over 160 participants from both the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The joint effort of the EU-LAC Foundation and OBREAL Global aimed to foster a common space for dialogue, knowledge sharing, training and dissemination of tools for the practice of Open Science. The main objective of the event was to create synergies between institutions and experts in the field from Latin America and the Caribbean, the EU and other regions, as Open Science plays a key role in addressing global challenges and advancing scientific communities worldwide.
The European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have already demonstrated their commitment to Open Science by actively participating in the formulation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. In addition, both regions have launched numerous cross-border initiatives, further facilitating interaction and cooperation with other regions worldwide.
The event was inaugurated by prominent personalities such as Ramón Torrent, President of OBREAL Global; Adrián Bonilla, Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation; María Cristina Russo, Director of Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission; Karina Pombo, National Director of Science Policy Promotion – International Affairs, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Argentina (representing PPT CELAC); and Joan Gómez Pallàres, Director General for Research, Generalitat de Catalunya. They emphasised the importance of Open Science and its role in promoting equality, equity and human development.
The event consisted of two virtual dialogues, the first focusing on tools and policies to promote Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. Expert speakers from CELAC, the EU and India provided policy perspectives and highlighted the need for a more inclusive and socially responsible approach to science.
The second dialogue explored new trends in research evaluation and academic merit, with representatives from both regions and an African perspective. Discussions focused on the potential of Open Science to unite countries globally, the importance of narrative-based assessment of researchers’ curricula, and the promotion of multilingualism to celebrate the diversity of scientific languages.
The valuable insights and outcomes of these dialogues will be compiled into a comprehensive document to serve as a critical input for WHEC2022. In addition, an inter-regional panel, co-organised by the EU-LAC Foundation and OBREAL Global, will be part of the official programme of the UNESCO conference, further promoting the progress of Open Science on a global scale.
The success and impact of the Open Science Virtual Dialogues underline the importance of international collaboration and knowledge sharing in addressing complex challenges and shaping the future of scientific research and innovation. This milestone event has further strengthened the ties between the EU, LAC and other regions in their journey towards an open and inclusive scientific community.
Check out the recordings of the two sessions