CATALISI second Webinar “Mainstreaming of Open Science and Digitization of Research”.

The second Webinar was hosted by EY on February 8th: Mainstreaming of Open Science and Digitization of Research”.

The objectives of the webinar include:
🔹 Sharing best practices and research findings on Open Science
🔹 Fostering dialogues and collaboration among experts in this sector
🔹 Identifying Multilingualism as a Catalyst for Open Science

We had the pleasure to count on two incredible speakers:
Tycho Hofstra is a data steward at the University Library of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He Provided good information on open science can become a chore for both researcher and data professional, but doesn’t have to be. Perhaps we can sneak in some fun to make the principles and good practices stick better? In this talk, we’ll look at some of the challenges in getting researchers to talk and think about open science and the ways Dutch university libraries try to break the ice.

Johanna Havemann,Dr. is a trainer and consultant in Open Scholarly Communication Research Project Management. She is also the co-founder and lead coordinator at AfricArXiv – the publishing platform to increase the discoverability of African research accomplishments. With a focus on digital tools for science and her label Access 2 Perspectives, she aims to strengthen globally inclusive science communication and research management through the adoption of Open Science practices. Her speech focused on how to analyzation and encourage a different approach to Open Science through multilingualism.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to listen to the recording in the Learning Hub:

Mobilisation and Mutual Learning event at UJI

The 19th of January 2024 took place the “Mobilisation and Mutual Learning event: advancing towards Responsible Research Practices in UJI” at Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain.

The meeting was organised by UJI CATALISI members Ramón Feenstra, Laura Bernal, Carlota Carretero, and Elsa Gonzalez and it was attended by CATALISI members from APRE, UCC, UG, KTU, AUTH, AUMC, LUISS and also by some UJI researchers and technical staff. The goals of this event were, on the one hand, to explain the work that has been done at UJI regarding responsible research practices and research integrity and also present inspiring initiatives from other universities. On the other hand, discuss with the participants the ways in which UJI can promote a scale of indicators to measure performance on Open Access (OA) and also how to boost the involvement of UJI’s ethics committee with researchers.

On the first part of the event, three speakers shared their experience improving research assessment and research ethics structures in Spanish universities. First, Margarita Vergara (adjunct Vice-rector of Research at UJI) explained the work done at UJI regarding the transformation of research assessment criteria and also the upcoming challenges. Second, Elsa González Esteban (Vice-rector of Social Policies and CATALISI member) shared the work done in the framework of the ETHNA System project, where a set of tools for RRI were developed: an ethical code, an ethics committee, an ethical hotline and process indicators to report. Last, Alberto Pastor, from Miguel Hernández University (UMH), explained their experience implementing IRIU, a system to measure researchers’ adherence to the UMH guidelines for responsibility in research and also with the Sustainable Development Goals.

On the second part of the event, there was a co-creation session with the rest of the participants dedicated to advancing in the development of research ethics tools. During this session, moderated by Ramón Feenstra and Laura Bernal, CATALISI members and also UJI researchers and technical staff discussed the potential and also the obstacles for the implementation of a scale to measure researchers’ performance on OA and how to improve the work of the UJI ethics committee. Regarding the first topic, some questions such as the need for economic support, the need for a cultural change, making mandatory for projects with public funding to publish in OA or the promotion of role models and PhD teaming in spreading good practices in OA were brought up. Regarding the work of the ethics committee, it was suggested to implement fines or a system for reporting people who violate research integrity or to create a platform for complaints. Also, it was considered helpful for researchers to be able to see the state of the process of going through the ethics committee.

Finally, it is worth noting that, during this event, plenty of interesting ideas, reflections and discussions regarding the current state and the future of research ethics and research assessment came out. It also served to share the current state of this topic in the Spanish context and to suggest specific tools for improving its development.


“This event was very fruitful for reflecting about the creation of specific tools for the promotion of research ethics at UJI”
Ramon Feenstra
Associate professor at Jaume I University

CATALISI General Assembly at UJI

On January 18th, the Consortium gathered in Castellón, Spain for the CATALISI first General Assembly bringing inspirational ideas and fruitful discussions!

The meeting  was a great opportunity for the partners to share the achievements of the first year and exchange ideas on the next steps to be taken in the upcoming months.  Amongst the results achieved,  it is worth mentioning: the realization of the  Learning Hub, a digital space for exchanging webinars on topics related to Research & Innovation, the CATALYST Hub, dedicated to the mapping of relevant funding opportunities tailored to higher education institutions, and finally the Community of Practice, a group of people with 116 members from 20 European countries who share expertise and experience in institutional transformation in HEIs.

The General Assembly was even an opportunity for the Higher Education Institutions partners to exchange amongst peers the individual pathway  towards their own institutional transformation, given their specific contexts and challenges. The open discussion allowed to share several ideas on how to accelerate this institutional transformation in the field of Research and Innovation (R&I).

This General Assembly marked a crucial step in the identification of the key actions to be undertaken in 2024 thanks to different co-creation workshops facilitated by ENoLL, AUTH, APRE and F6S. The first co-creation workshop facilitated by APRE “Matchmaking and sharing of expertise from MML and Twinning”, aimed at advancing towards the organization of the Twinning exchanges, that HEIs are expected to perform during the next two years. In order to do so, participants, through a peer-to-peer exchange, validated the results emerged from the Matchmaking analysis and put forward the final proposals for the Twinning activities. Each HEI will visit at least three other HEIs through onsite exchanges, to learn about best practices and take advantage from the expertise provided by the host institution in the intervention areas where they need more support.

APRE also facilitated the workshop on “CoP future perspectives” with the aim to gather feedback and discuss with partners about the ways to best engage and animate the members of the Community of practice for the benefits of the project. Several ideas emerged related to the organization and topic for the next MML online workshop with the CoP, as well as interesting ideas on how to involve the CoP members more actively in CATALISI activities such as including some of them as mentors, coaches or in dissemination activities and in onsite workshops.