Public Consultation on ‘Science 2.0’: Science in Transition


The European Commission Public Consultation on “Science 2.0: Science in transition” is run jointly by DG Research & Innovation and DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and its goal is to better understand the full potential of ‘Science 2.0’ as well the desirability of any possible policy action. The Commission is inviting residents of Europe, organization and public authorities to read the paper and send in their contributions before September 30th, 2014.

The three main objectives of the consultation are:

  1. to assess the degree of awareness amongst the stakeholders of the changing modus operandi,
  2. to assess the perception of the opportunities and challenges, and
  3. to identify possible policy implementations and actions to strengthen the competitiveness of the European science and research system by enabling it to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Science 2.0.




Before responding, it is recommended to read the background Paper: Public Consultation: ‘Science 2.0’: Science in Transition


The paper describes the

  • components of ‘Science 2.0’,
  • drivers of ‘Science 2.0’,
  • implications of ‘Science 2.0’ for society and the economy, the research system and for researchers,
  • opportunities for and barriers to ‘Science 2.0’, and
  • role of research funding organisations, the Member States and the European Union.


    • The support of a well-established network such as LIBER is an important step for the wider acceptance of the Consultation. Their suggestion is really interesting and makes absolute sense, in a period where Open Access and Open Data are constantly discussed and ways for their wider acceptance are suggested in different contexts. It is obvious that Open Science is a subject which is going to be intensively discussed in the next months, especially now that it is actively endorsed by the EC 😉


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