Two regular sessions in the career programme at ESOF 2012

Debate on Scientific Publishing and Open Access

Type: Science Programme, Policy
Organiser: ESOF2012

This session considered the issue of Quality Control in Scientific Publishing, both in the context of publication in for-profit journals and also in the context of a future move to Open Access journals. Against the backdrop of:

The proliferation of journals and the burgeoning of scientific publications,

Recent controversies over publication and subsequent corrections and retractions of flawed and fraudulent papers,

On-going community and political agitation for Open Access (OA), the following questions have been posed:

  • Is the transition to full and immediate open access to research papers inevitable?
  • Does the growth of open access threaten the quality of research papers?
  • How will the science literature evolve over the foreseeable future, and how will the roles and funds of researchers, publishers, research councils and universities need to evolve with it?
  • How will the achievements of researchers be documented, accredited and judged in the future?


Dr. Alma Swan
Director of European Advocacy

Dr. Philip Campbell
Editor-in-chief, Nature, UK

Prof. Jos Engelen
President of NWO, the Dutch National Research Organisation

Prof. Luke O’Neill
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Maria Leptin President
Initiative for Science in Europe

Opportunities and challenges for the next generation of European scholars

Type: Careers Programme
Organiser: David Feltz, EuroScience

The future of European science is in the hands of the next generation of researchers. However, policy makers are not paying enough attention to supporting the next generation and the voice of young scientists is not always taken into account. In this session the microphone was given to the next generation of researchers and issues of importance for young researchers were discussed. The issues have been selected based on the results of a European large scale survey and by the speakers’ experiences. To set the scene, the results of a survey that EuroScience is currently carrying out among more than 30,000 young researchers in Europe will be presented. The findings were commented on by Ruth Muller whom has taken the career of young scientists as a topic of her research. Further, Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbæk, the winner of the European Young Researchers Award 2010, shared her experience doing research in an interdisciplinary environment. Finally, Natalia Borkowska talked about how the Young European Biotech Network communicates the interests of young researchers to policy makers. The session concluded with a discussion about the working conditions of young researchers, more specifically about mobility seen from three different perspectives: geographic (moving between countries); sectoral (moving between academia and industry); field (moving between scientific fields). Finally, the main barriers to successfully pursuing an academic research career were discussed and the audience was encouraged to suggest practical remedies.


David Feltz
EuroScience, France

Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbaek
University of Aarhus, Denmark

Niki Vermeulen
University of Vienna and Technopolis Group Austria

Pauline Mattsson
EuroScience Governing Board

Ruth Müller
Universität Wien, Austria