Open Science Conference

Year 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the University of Ljubljana and the Faculty of Arts. To mark this occasion, we will, within the framework of the Academic Book Fair 2019, organize a conference on open science. In 2018, within the ninth – and in cooperation with the Rectorate of the University of Ljubljana, which represents UL as a partner in the OpenAIRE project – we prepared a lecture series entitled Open Access in the Humanities. In 2019, the series will be extended to all branches of the sciences.


  • Open Science in the European Research Area
  • Plan S
  • FAIR and Open Research Data
  • European Open Science Cloud

ORGANIZERS: Rectorate of the University of Ljubljana (within the project OpenAIRE-Advance) and Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts.

DATE: Wednesday, 22th May 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

VENUE: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2, Ljubljana. Lecture hall 34 (ground floor of the Faculty of Arts). The event will be livestreamed and the video will be permanently available on online (accessible via the link under the tab “Video streaming”).

LANGUAGE: Foreign lecturers will speak in English. Chairpersons will introduce the presenters in Slovenian.

REGISTRATION: Registration to attend the conference is mandatory, free of charge and open until fullYou may register at the following link: REGISTRATION.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Researchers from various scientific fields (natural sciences, technology, social sciences, medicine, biotechnology, humanities, interdisciplinary research), publishers of peer-reviewed journals and scientific monographs, National Contact Points (NCPs), librarians…

CONTACT: Dr Mojca Kotar (, +386 1 241 86 79) or Dr Matevž Rudolf (, +386 1 241 11 81)

TimeDurationSpeaker, chairTopic/title of presentation
10:00–10:15 15 minProf Roman Kuhar, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Prof Zoran Stančič, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Slovenia
Welcome Addresses
10:15–11:005 minChair: Dr Tomaž Boh, Director-General, Science Directorate, Ministry of Education, Science and SportOpen Science – European Commission policies and perspectives
40 minDr Dr René von Schomberg, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
11:00–11:455 minChair: Prof József Györkös, Director, Slovenian Research AgencyPlan S: Should scientific publishers be forced to go to Open Access?
40 minProf David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England, Member of Science Europe Plan S Taskforce
11:45-12:1530 minCoffee break
12:15–13:005 minChair: Dr Branimir L. Leskošek, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, ELIXIR SloveniaFAIR and Open Research Data
40 minDr Ingrid Dillo, Deputy Director, DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), FAIRsFAIR Project Coordinator
13:00–13:455 minChair: Peter Sterle, Science Directorate, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, representative of Slovenia in the EOSC Governance Board European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): What’s next?
40 minDr Juan Bicarregui, Head of the Data Services Division, Scientific Computing Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), EOSCpilot Project Coordinator, Member of the EOSC Executive Board
13:45–14:0015 minDr Mojca Kotar, Assistant Secretary General, University of Ljubljana
Assoc Prof Barbara Pihler Ciglič, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Dr Juan Bicarregui is Head of the Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC. Juan’s division is responsible for research and development of the data systems that handle much of the huge volume of scientific data that is produced by the STFC research facilities. Juan has played a key role in formulating UK policy on opening up access to research outputs, and he has also chaired the Research Council group which published the RCUK Joint Principles on Data and associated Guidelines. Juan was a member of the steering group that set up the Research Data Alliance and co-chaired the RDA Organisational Advisory Board. Currently, Juan Bicarregui is coordinator of the H2020 EOSCpilot project that is supporting the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud.

Dr Tomaž Boh has been employed at Ministry of Education,  Science and Sport since 2009, where he was state secretary during years 2015–2018. Before that he was employed for two years at the Slovenian Research Agency, where he was responsible for making analyses in the area of scientific policy, while also monitoring indicators of research and development policy and carrying out a number of other important tasks. At the moment he is Director-General at Science Directorate at Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.

Dr Ingrid Dillo is Deputy Director at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 30 years, including as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. Ingrid is Co Chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Council. She is also Treasurer of the Board of CoreTrustSeal (CTS) and Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the ISC/World Data System (WDS). Ingrid is project coordinator of the European H2020 project FAIRsFAIR.

Prof József Györkös is currently director of the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and a part time professor at the University of Maribor. His research interests include information society and media convergence. Between 2001 and 2004, Prof Györkös was the state secretary at the Ministry of Information Society. From November 2008 until June 2011 he was the state secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, which included the information society within its portfolio. In January 2013 he was appointed a member and chair of CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation (CAF). Since November 2017 he has been a member of Science Europe Governing Board.

Dr Mojca Kotar takes part in negotiations with publishers and helps with public procurement for scientific journals. She was (is) active in OpenAIRE projects and collaborated with PASTEUR4OA and FOSTER projects. Nationally, she participated in projects establishing portal and pilot national open access infrastructure for final works of studies and research publications. She took part in a working group that prepared the draft national open access strategy and the draft action.

Prof Roman Kuhar is a professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and he is also the dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He teaches courses on gender, sexuality, LGBT, popular culture and everyday life. He has been affiliated with the Peace Institute, the Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies (from 2000 to 2015). He has worked as a researcher on numerous European research projects on gender equality, discrimination of LGBT, homophobia, citizenship and human rights. Dr Kuhar is the author of several scientific articles and books, an associate co-editor of Social Politics and a board member of Journal of LGBT Youth and Družboslovne razprave, as well as vice-president of the Slovenian Sociological Association.

Dr Branimir L. Leskošek is a researcher/teacher at IBMI (Institute for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics), Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, and head of Node ELIXIR-SI, a national platform that provides data resources, computer and training provisions, and tools infrastructure for specific biological domains.

Assoc Prof Barbara Pihler Ciglič received her doctorate at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana in 2009. Her main area of research is in the Spanish verb, discourse analysis and pragmalinguistics. Her pedagogical work involves morphology, syntax and word formation, pragmalingistics and discourse analysis. She is the co-author of university textbooks, Slovenian-Spanish and Spanish-Slovenian dictionaries and Spanish grammar for Slovenian speakers, as well as being the author of scientific articles and chapters in monographs. She is a member of the editorial board of the scholarly journals Verba Hispanica (University of Ljubljana) and Glosema (University of Oviedo, Spain) and a member of the scientific board of the journal Beoiberística (University of Belgrade). She is a former member of the international research group UPSTAIRS at the Autonomous University of Madrid and since December 2018 she has been a member of the international research group DILE (Discurso y Lengua Española), also at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Since October 2017, she has been vice-dean for Quality Assurance and Publishing of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

Dr Dr Phil René von Schomberg  is a Science, Technology and Society (STS) specialist and philosopher. He authored or (co-)edited 14 books. He holds Ph.Ds from The University of Twente, The Netherlands (Science and Technology Studies), and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at the George Mason University, USA, in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998, where he is now leading a team on Open Science (Directorate-General for Research and Innovation). He is also a guest professor at the Technical University Darmstadt. He is running a blog.

Prof Zoran Stančič started his professional career as a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. In 1994 he was employed as the Head of the Spatial Information Centre of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and associate professor at the Department of Geodesy, University of Ljubljana. From 1990 until 2000 he was a research fellow or visiting professor at a number of EU and US universities. He has published seven monographs and a number of scholarly papers, mostly on quantitative methods in archaeology and remote sensing. From 2000 until 2004 he was State Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation.

Peter Sterle Science Directorate, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, representative of Slovenia in the EOSC Governance Board.

Prof David Sweeney after studying Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician. David was a Director at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal in 2004. He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations. In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England which is one of the nine research councils that forms UK Research and Innovation. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Registration to attend the conference is mandatory, free of charge and open until full.

Registration takes place via the online form: REGISTRATION.

Open Science Conference – video


Part one: 
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Part two:
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