Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Multidisciplinary Universities

A highly participative workshop format, with only 2 short presentations and generous time for a creative discussions session.  Make your participation remarkable!

Research libraries have been championing Open Access and Open Science both within and beyond our institutions. We have demonstrated strong leadership in Open Science as policy-makers on the one hand and sound management when implementing plans to realise that policy on the other. Research libraries have been the key holders of data for a long time and play a key role in connecting end-users/researchers to Open Science and the EOSC. Also research libraries develop and maintain services that users rely upon and that need to be integrated into the EOSC. Libraries can, therefore, help develop the requirements for the inclusion of services and data into the EOSC. The strong experience in advocating for Open Science for many years can help to advocate for the EOSC in the research community.

Target audience: researchers, research library staff

Language: English


Are you interested to learn more about the EOSC and contribute with your insights as a key stakeholder group? Please register your interest below, including a short motivation for your participation. In order to ensure the interactivity and the regional representation of each workshop, we will evaluate all registrations before they are finalised and we will select 30 participants from all applications. We are looking for your participation and we will be in touch with you promptly with more information. 


Make your voice heard and help build EOSC. The European Open Science Cloud is a world-leading initiative. Contributing to its first design represents a lifetime opportunity. It requires fresh, new ideas and bold ambitions. Community work is the most suitable approach to deliver a service which suits the interest of many.

We count on your enthusiasm, creativity and energy. We are looking for your participation!


Expect to be stimulated and to engage in a deep, highly interactive discussion. You are expected to contribute with ideas, including out of box perspectives, visions, unique practices, less traveled routes that could help build EOSC.

Don’t expect a workshop-like-a-conference. Don’t expect long presentations with “two immediate questions” at the end. Don’t expect a learing programme. Expect an interactive one. Become a part of it! Register now!


Once you registered, please book the day and the time slot in your calendar. Digital events have – statistically – a lower turn up rate. Those that register and don’t turn up will block a valuable participation of another colleague. Thank you for understanding!

WHEN: January 25th, 2021 (14:30 – 16:15 CET)

WHERE: Zoom Meeting (details will be provided to participants)

Workshop size: 30 participants


  • Dr Paul Ayris (FRHistS),  Pro-Vice-Provost UCL (University College London), UK
  • Susanna Nykyri, Manager of Open Science Services, Tampere University, EOSC Landscape WG, Tampere, Finland
  • Vasiliki (Sylvia) V. Koukounidou, Coordinator of Digitisation and Archives Office – OpenAIRE Cyprus NOAD, University of Cyprus, EOSC Landscape WG, Nicosia, Cyprus 

Moderator: Bertil F. Dorch, Library Director at the University Library of Southern Denmark

Rapporteur: Ignasi Labastida e Juan, Head of the Research Unit at the University of Barcelona’s Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) 

Twitter: #Lib4EOSC


AGENDA (all times are CET)                                                         

14:30 – 14:35 Introduction to the Workshop Series
14:35 – 14:45 Presentation: Dr Paul Ayris (FRHistS),  Pro-Vice-Provost UCL (University College London):What do research universities need from the EOSC?
 14:45 – 14:55 Presentation: Dr Susanna Nykyri, Manager of Open Science Services, Tampere University, EOSC Landscape WG, Tampere, Finland 
 14:55 – 15:05 Presentation: Vasiliki (Sylvia) V. Koukounidou, Coordinator of Digitisation and Archives Office – OpenAIRE Cyprus NOAD, NI4OS-Europe – EOSC Promoter, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.  
 15:05 – 15:45 Breakout SessionsThe participants forms 3 moderated discussion groups on the research topics
 15:45 – 16:05 The results of discussion groups are presented to all participants
16:05 – 16:15 Conclusions and final remarks
 16:15 Workshop Closes


About Presenters

Dr Paul Ayris (FRHistS),  Pro-Vice-Provost UCL (University College London), UK 

Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services & UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship). He joined UCL in 1997.

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14. He was Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community until 2021. He is now the LERU observer representative in the EOSC Association and UCL’s Open Science Ambassador in the new LERU Open Science Ambassadors Policy Group. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the CERN-UniGe Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies. In 2019, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

What do research universities need from the EOSC?

The paper starts by painting a picture of what the ideal information landscape can look like. It then goes on to describe the work of LERU (League of European Research Universities) in delivering Open Science principles and practice, with particular reference to research data. The paper then describes the suggestion of Professor Karen Maex, Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam, for the creation of a European Digital University Act. This would help deliver the cultural change which LERU has long said is necessary to provide successful Open Science solutions. The paper ends by sizing the scale of the challenge faced by universities in Research data management, and concludes that co-creation of solutions between universities and bodies such as the EOSC is essential if universities are to continue to help shape the implementation of Open Science activity for their communities of students and researchers.

Susanna Nykyri, Manager of Open Science Services, Tampere University, EOSC Landscape WG, Tampere, Finland 

Dr Susanna Nykyri is manager of Open Science Services at the Tampere University Library. The services include support, guidance and systems for research data management, publishing, and research visibility and evaluation, as well as developing and promoting researcher skills, training and education related to OS. She works closely with researchers and with other support services. She is a member of several national and international expert groups related to RDM and OS and the chair of the national open data expert panel. In addition, she acts as the publishing director of Tampere University Press (peer-reviewed scholarly OA books) and editor of Informaatiotutkimus (learned society peer-reviewed OA journal in the field of information science) and visiting lecturer in information studies. Her expertise covers strategic planning of OS and developing integrated services in the context of local, national and international aims and infrastructures.

EOSC in action: Future steps in Finland and Tampere University Library

The presentation illustrates what is needed both at the national and institutional level in order to take the best out of EOSC opportunities and participate actively in its development. The emphasis is on research data services. As concrete examples are used Finland and Tampere University Library. The role of the university libraries both within the universities and at the broader national context is discussed. As a result, concrete recommendations what kind of further effort is needed in university libraries are provided.


Vasiliki (Sylvia) V. Koukounidou, Coordinator of Digitisation and Archives Office – OpenAIRE Cyprus NOAD, NI4OS-Europe – EOSC Promoter, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus 

Sylvia Koukounidou, is a University officer and holds the position of the coordinator of the Digitisation and Archives office of the University of Cyprus Library.

She has a BSc in Archival and Library Science and an MBA with concentration in MIS – Management Information Systems.

Since 2004, Sylvia is participating in many projects of the University of Cyprus Library and from September 2009 she is participating in the Pan-European project OpenAIRE as Cyprus NOAD representative. She is also participating in the project National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe – NI4OS Europe. One of her main tasks to the project is to provide support to EOSC service uptake and FAIR uptake in communities.



About the Moderator


Bertil F. Dorch

Bertil F. Dorch has a background in astrophysics, as a research scientist at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, University of Copenhagen, and an SDU. He received his PhD degree in physics from The Niels Bohr Institute in 1998 and his Master’s in astronomy in 1995.

 Since 2013 Dorch is Director of the Research and University Library at SDU. In this capacity, Dorch e.g. serves e.g. as Chair of the university’s Data Management Forum, and as a member of the university’s PhD coordinating committee, and Research Support Committee, respectively.

 Currently, Bertil F. Dorch teaches responsible conduct of research (RCR) and is course director of the mandatory RCR PhD courses at SDU. Dorch is affiliated to the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at SDU as Associate Professor.

 Dorch’s professional interests include topics within stellar astrophysics and magnetism, scholarly communication, responsible conduct of research, strategical management, scholarly publishing, especially within the natural sciences. Dorch regularly participates in public outreach within astronomy and astrophysics, as well as being active in public and research political debate.

 Dorch was three times elected President of the Danish Research Library Association during the period from 2014 to March 2020 and serves as a board member of various national and international organizations.  


Rapporteur and Grand Rapporteur

Ignasi Labastida is the General Rapporteur for all Workshops.

Ignasi Labastida holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona. He works as Head of the Research Unit at the University of Barcelona’s Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) where he also leads the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge. He is currently chairing the Board of SPARC Europe. He is the chair of the Steering Committee of the Info and Open Access Policy Group at the LERU (League of European Research Universities). He is the co-author of the LERU Roadmap for Research Data and the LERU Roadmap on Open Science. He is a member of several Open Science working groups at CRUE, FECYT and at the Research Directorate of the Catalan Government.


Special Adviser

Paolo Budroni, University Library of Technical University of Vienna

Paolo Budroni, member of staff of University Library of Technical University of Vienna, in charge of International Projects and Change Management. Member of the EOSC Secretariat, Sub Task Researchers Engagement, based at TU-Wien. Counselling Partner of University of Vienna, H2020 Project EOSC Pillar. He holds a PhD in Philosophy, Art History, and Romance Philology and an education degree in Foreign Trade at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). 

Among his areas of expertise are research data management, the architecture of digital asset management systems, current research information systems and cost development in life cycle management of data. He is also advising research institutions in Europe in data management policy development and alignment. Paolo Budroni is Austrian National Delegate in the E-Infrastructure Reflection Group (E-IRG) , member of board of the Austrian RDA National Node , chair of the General Assembly of E-Infrastructures Austria, member of board of Open Education Austria (advanced library services) , registered TAIEX Expert, coordinator of the Austrian Open Science Support Group (AOSSG). He represents the TU Wien at COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories).

@KarelLuyben sets up our discussion: Fundamental research driven by curiosity is critical, linking to pragmatic and utility driven research and industry.
Our basis for collaboration:
– Respect
– Trust
– Friendship #OSBiz2020 

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