UN 3rd Open Science Conference

Mathieu Denis, ISC Senior Director, Head of the Centre for Science Futures, will represent the ISC as a speaker at the 3rd Open Science Conference held by the United Nations in early February.

Accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals, Democratizing the Record of Science

From 8 to 10 February 2023 – in the lead-up to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science –, the 3rd Open Science Conference will bring together policy makers, representatives of intergovernmental organizations, researchers, scholars, librarians, publishers and civil society. Under the theme Accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals, Democratizing the Record of Science they will engage in a dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of practicing open science and explore initiatives, themes and perspectives into the open scientific method and the digital scholarly communications cycle.

Mathieu Denis, ISC Senior Director, Head of the Centre for Science Futures, will be part of the speaker line-up.

Under the three main themes :

  • Equity in open scholarship,
  • Reforming scientific publishing, and
  • Strengthening the science-policy-society interface

Conference registrants will be able to participate in discussions about the present and future of open science practices for the SDGs and reaffirm that scientific progress and its applications are for the benefit of all.

The roundtable discussion among 19 eminent personalities in open science that preceded the Library’s 2019 Conference resulted in a document of principles elaborating on the necessary elements needed for the creation of a Global Open Science Commons for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 3rd Open Science Conference will revisit this idea and the way forward.


“The record of science is not yet as open to researchers and the public as it ought to be. In the era of new digital and data infrastructures, scientific and scholarly publishing remains aligned with the Gutenbergian model of the scholarly communications cycle rather than with the new, liquid frontier of digital sciences.

This occurs despite the evident advantages of opening the record of science and making it accessible to all, within and across nations; the swift discovery and production of an effective vaccine against COVID-19 and its widespread dissemination, at least among the nations that could afford it, being an excellent example of what research method openness can achieve. The momentum for open science has been unprecedented.”

UN 3rd Open Science Conference Concept Note

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