European Regional Working Group Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC), Brussels, 22 October 2012

Focus on Open Access to Publications and Research Integrity

Participants at the European Regional Working Group meeting of the Global Research CouncilSome 85 European experts from national research councils, research performing organisations, universities, academies and representatives of stakeholder initiatives attended the European Regional Working Group meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) on 22 October 2012 in Brussels. Open Access to scientific publications and good practices in research (Research Integrity) were at the heart of their discussions.

Discussion highlighted that the whole range of options towards Open Access (gold, green and other models) should be considered in order to accommodate a variety of situations (different disciplines, various publications formats and journal in national languages, etc.) and to ensure an effective implementation. An informal complementary meeting with publishers was also part of the discussion.

As for Research Integrity, the existing sets of principles (European Code of Conduct, Singapore Declaration) were acknowledged, and there was discussion of the need to further consider the responsibilities and expectations of research funders, especially with regard to cross-border collaboration.



  1. Global Research Council – An Update by Graham Harrison, NSF and Rainer Gruhlich, the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Session on Open Access

  1. Science Europe Open Access Working Group by Georg Botz, Max Planck Society
  2. Open Access in Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area, by Daniel Spichtinger, European Commission (DG RTD)
  3. Going for Gold? The RCUK Policy on Access to Research Outputs, by Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  4. Open Access Agreements and Licenses Task Force – Preliminary Results, by Lars Bjørnshauge, SPARC Europe, Director of Library Relations
  5. The Enabling Environment, by Edward Seidel, Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia
  6. An Action Plan for Open Access, by Johannes Fournier, the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Session on Research Integrity

  1. The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, by Pieter J. D. Drenth, Honorary President All European Academies (ALLEA)
  2. The ERC Strategy on Scientific Misconduct, by Laura Pontiggia, ERC Executive Agency, Support to the Scientific Council
  3. Research Integrity in Universities, by Professor Alan Donnelly University of Limerick, Ireland
  4. ENRIO – The European Network of Research Integrity Offices, by Asael Rouby, ENRIO
  5. Why Research Integrity Matters: Some Reflections, by Tony Mayer, Europe Representative and Research Integrity Officer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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