#Ukraine: providing and receiving support

A big question awaits: How to get started with the implementation of Open Science nationally?

This week project partners in the Open4UA met in Delft for a training workshop hosted by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Open4UA is three-year project aimed at fostering open science practices in Ukraine co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ program (Capacity Building in Higher Education).

The workshop in Delft 'How to get started with the implementation of Open Science nationally,' is the first of three workshops held this spring. 

The workshop in Delft adopts a structured approach, drawing upon Brian Nosek's renowned framework comprising five pillars for driving cultural change in Open Science: Infrastructure, User interface/experience, Communities, Incentives, and Policy. Participants can expect a comprehensive program featuring discussions on various aspects essential for embracing open science. These include sessions on research data management infrastructure, the role of digital competence centers, the formation and sustenance of open science communities, and the formulation of policies conducive to advancing open science practices.

The workshop is designed to be highly interactive, incorporating group discussions and co-creative methodologies to facilitate effective knowledge transfer. Furthermore, participants will engage in practical exercises aimed at planning the implementation of open science principles. Through guided discussions centered on pertinent questions, attendees will explore the applicability of open science practices and navigate the associated challenges within their unique contexts.

In addition to the workshop sessions, the Open4UA meeting presents an opportunity to delve into recent developments concerning research assessment reform in Ukraine. This meeting serves as a platform to discuss the ongoing progress and future directions of the Open4UA project, emphasizing the collaborative efforts aimed at fostering a culture of openness and transparency within the Ukrainian higher education system.

Overall, the Open4UA training workshops represent a pivotal moment in advancing the adoption of open science principles in Ukraine, but the whole project should also serve as an inspiration for all of Europe. 

In Eurodoc we are excited to participate in the workshop, organised and hosted by TU Delft. Likewise, we are happy to be part of this journey and look forward to spending the next few days with our Ukrainian and European partners and colleagues.

Anna Pavelieva (INOSI), https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-1928 

Devriş İşler (Eurodoc), https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4895-8827 

Pil Maria Saugmann (Eurodoc), https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3548-0134

***The authors are listed in alphabetical order.