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Open Science @ KU Leuven

The KU Leuven Open Science Task Force is currently preparing a new visual representation of the open science strategy. The visual will include six components: scholarly communications, RDM, rewards & incentives, integrity & reproducibility, public engagement, and OER.

Published onApr 27, 2023
Open Science @ KU Leuven


KU Leuven embraces open science as the new normal and is committed to play a pioneering role in the international academic open science community. The open science strategy is based on the LERU roadmap (2018, 2021). KU Leuven’s Open Science Task Force is currently preparing a new visual representation of this strategy, which will include six components: scholarly communications, research data management (RDM), rewards & incentives, integrity & reproducibility, public engagement, and open educational resources (OER). We are happy to share a preview of the visual at the KU Leuven Open Science Day.

 Two-way communication is an essential component of KU Leuven’s open science approach. The Open Science Day is an initiative that KU Leuven is developing, with, for and by researchers. Indeed, open science can only exist when it is embedded in research practice. Its principles have to be applied with respect for the differences between disciplines and their commonly used channels for scholarly communication. More generally, KU Leuven applies the principle of the European Commission: “As open as possible, as closed as necessary”. We support open and early sharing of research findings, in order to foster innovation and bring research closer to society. However, to facilitate innovation, it will be necessary to strike a balance between benefits for the public interests and business potential, with respect for intellectual property rights.


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Author biographies

Sara Decoster (KU Leuven) obtained a PhD in Languages and Letters at Liège University and works as an open science staff member at KU Leuven Libraries. She joined KU Leuven in 2018, as a metadata librarian for research data management. Previously, she held a position of library manager and research librarian at Liège University for 11 years. She enjoys intercultural environments and gained international experience through participating in a development cooperation project and a two years’ experience at Academia Belgica in Rome. Among other things, she is currently the chair of the RDM & Open Science Working Group of the Flemish Open Science Board and she is also active in the EUA Expert Group on Open Science.

Joos Vandewalle (KU Leuven) is KU Leuven’s open science ambassador. He is currently the chair of LERU’s Ad Hoc Group on Open Science. He is a member of the KU Leuven Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT). His research interests are mainly in mathematical system theory and its applications in circuit theory, control, signal processing, cryptography, and neural networks. He also publishes on the use of nonlinear methods for data processing and optimization techniques. He received several scientific awards, including the Circuits and Systems Society Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award. His teaching activities involved linear algebra, linear and nonlinear system and circuit theory, signal processing, and neural networks. As President of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts (KVAB) in 2017 and 2018 he initiated a permanent reflection group in KVAB on Responsible Research and Innovation and Research Integrity. He is currently coordinating this reflection group.

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