24. 11. 2023.

ENLIGHT is moving towards open science: the aim is better education and cooperation of scientific teams

Bratislava, 24 November 2023: On 23 November, ten ENLIGHT partner universities endorsed a set of common principles for open science (Open Science) in Uppsala, Sweden. The Alliance also includes the University of Comenius, and the initiative aims to create a unified basis for an open science culture in a group of European universities involved. Open science is intended to help disseminate, share and apply the results of scientific work more quickly.

ENLIGHT commits to applying ‘open by default’ access to online resources in teaching, research or public communication activities for the benefit of science and society as a whole. 

Open science enhances the quality and impact of scientific work and plays a key role in the transformation of higher education in ENLIGHT universities. It contributes significantly to increasing transparency, accountability and the multiple use of scientific results and promotes the cooperation of scientific teams.

“We are committed to the principles of open science. It is important that scientific results serve society as a whole and that all researchers, but also those who are not professionally involved in science, have access to them. I am glad that Comenius University is embarking on this journey together with other partner universities organised in ENLIGHT,” said Marek Števček, Rector of Comenius University.

The main elements of the Joint Declaration of Rectors are the promotion of open science through training and sharing of good practices, the importance of the Principles for FAIR data work, Open Access to publications, the promotion of Open Education and Responsible Research Assesment.

ENLIGHT brings together ten European universities, including Comenius University. It aims to broaden learning opportunities, share know-how, build networking, internationalise and connect research, science and education. After three years of operation, the Alliance has received EUR 14.4 million in funding from the European Commission for the next four years. It plans to allocate part of it to initiatives by academics, with an emphasis on the promotion of scientific activities. In addition to Comenius University, the Alliance includes the University of Uppsala, Sweden, the University of Ghent in Belgium, the University of Bordeaux, France, the Basque University of Spain, the University of Galway, Ireland, the University of Göttingen in Germany, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the University of Tartu, Estonia, and the University of Berne, Switzerland.

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