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On 16 March, the first meeting of the newly recomposed European University Association Expert Group on Open Science (EGOS) took place in Brussels.

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At its inaugural meeting, EGOS members discussed European open science priorities with Michael Arentoft, Head of Unit for Open Science at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The group also set priorities for the implementation of the EUA Open Science Agenda 2025 and its three key priorities areas (Open Access, FAIR research data and research assessment), through the development of an Open Science Action Plan for the Association and its members.

First established in 2015, EGOS drives EUA’s work on Open Science, providing recommendations and advice in the definition of the Association’s position and activities in this field. Under the guidance of EGOS, EUA has established itself as a trusted stakeholder in Open Science, participating in numerous high-level initiatives and building solid partnerships with national, European and international organisations over the last eight years.

Building on the legacy of the previous group, members of the new EGOS will now take up the torch and identify new challenges, threats and opportunities for universities in their transition to open science. The group is also tasked with advising and supporting the EUA Board by developing advocacy messages and policy work in this field, in close collaboration with the EUA Research and Innovation Strategy Group (RISG).

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