News in 2020

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Sciences - consultation

December 2020

FIG is a member of the International Science Council (ISC). Through them we have received a request from UNESCO asking for input into the first draft of their Recommendation on Open Science.

Universal  access  to  scientific  knowledge,  regardless  of  geography,  gender,  political  boundaries,  ethnicity  or  economic  or  technological  barriers  is  an  essential  prerequisite  for  human development and progress towards planetary sustainability. Open Science aims to make science information more available based on transparency, sharing and collaboration, providing access to all outputs of research, adopting new ways of conducting  and  evaluating  research,  and  including  social  actors  beyond  the  scientific  community in the creation of knowledge and its use for decision and policy-making.

Survey to gather comments on the first draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

UNESCO has been developing an international standard-setting instrument on Open Science in the form of a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science since November 2019. The first draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science has been submitted to UNESCO Member States and is now available for comments:

Together with the InterAcademy Partnerhsip (IAP), the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), the ISC is assisting UNESCO in gathering comments from the scientific community on the first draft text of the Recommendation.

We invite you and your organisation to share their views on the draft Recommendation by 15 December 2020 via this online survey:

Please submit your contribution online.




Louise Friis-Hansen
4 December 2020