EOSC Festival 2023. The National Tripartite Event Poland

The second EOSC Festival 2023 – National Tripartite Event Poland took place on 6 and 7 November at the National Science Centre headquarters in Krakow. Its attendees were stakeholders of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), who convened to discuss the situation of Open Science and the future of EOSC in Europe. The conference addressed significant aspects concerning the Open Science policy and its implementation, as well as the EOSC development, with specific emphasis on the so-called Widening Countries. Over 40 speakers and discussants from 13 countries presented the European perspective, alongside those of individual Member States and Associate Countries. The event captured the attention of almost 260 attendees, both in-person and online.

Speakers, representing the Tripartite Collaboration, included Bertil Egger Beck from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), Volker Beckmann, French delegate on the EOSC Steering Board (EOSC-SB), Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association (EOSC-A). The Polish Ministry of Education and Science was represented by Mateusz Gaczynski, Deputy Director of the Department of Innovation and Development. On the second day of the meeting, participants from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Malta, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine and Poland discussed their individual nations’ arrangements for implementing EOSC. On the other hand, 19 Polish stakeholders participated in the EOSC Poland Network meeting to analyse opportunities and threats concerning research data management in the context of the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud in Poland.

The event has significantly enhanced discussions surrounding Open Science policy and its implementation on both national and European levels, with a particular focus on the future of EOSC. The perspectives and specificities of the so-called ‘Widening Countries’ were taken into account. The two-day exchange of experiences is expected to foster stronger cooperation between national and international stakeholders.