JSPG, UNESCO and MGCY Launch 2022 Call for Papers and Competition on Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
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WASHINGTON, DC (February 21, 2022) - The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) are pleased to announce a call for papers and competition on shaping the future of global scientific practices in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on Open Science Policies as an Accelerator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
While the open science movement has gained significant momentum over the last several years, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased access to scientific knowledge and fostering international scientific collaboration. It has also created opportunities for institutions and governments to develop tools needed for highlighting the crucial role of basic sciences for sustainable development.
“Closed science models are at an impasse, because they amplify inequalities between countries and researchers, and because they only make scientific progress available to a minority. The health crisis has shown the incredible potential of scientific collaboration, which allowed us to sequence the genome of the COVID-19 virus so quickly,” said Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General. “The solidarity shown by the scientific community is a model for the future: in the face of global challenges, we need collective intelligence, today more than ever. As countries call for international scientific collaboration, as the scientific community, civil society, innovators and the private sector mobilize in these unprecedented times, the urgency of the transition to open science has never been more clear.”
We invite students, post-doctoral researchers, policy fellows, early career researchers and young professionals from around the world to develop bold and innovative policy and governance ideas for exploring the untapped potential of open science to create a better society, and push for the attainment of the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Submission deadline: July 10, 2022.
The call for papers and competition will result in a Special Topics Issue of JSPG to be released in 2022. Authors of the top three publications will have the opportunity to present in UNESCO and MGCY events on open science. This Special Issue is supported in-kind by outreach partners from the Global Young Academy Open Science Working Group.
“Open science, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and to creating a more equitable global society. Young people, especially young scientists and engineers, have an important role to play in the process of open science policy creation and implementation because it is our lives and our careers that will be the most powerfully impacted by open science,” said Victoria Lovins, Co-Platform Coordinator, Science-Policy Interface, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).
Leading up to the submission deadline, JSPG will organize a series of training sessions to provide prospective authors with opportunities to practice policy writing for the Special Issue, and to inspire and empower them with expert perspectives on open science policies to inform their submissions. These events will include a science policy paper writing workshop on open science policy development, collaborative governance, scientific culture, and international cooperation, and a series of four webinars where content experts will discuss open science topics to be covered in the Special Issue.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased sharing of scientific knowledge and collaboration across the globe. Now more than ever, it is critical to break down barriers to accessing this knowledge across countries and within our local communities, and to build a common vision for a better society,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG CEO and Managing Publisher. “JSPG is thrilled to partner with UNESCO and MGCY on this call for papers, and to incorporate the innovative policy ideas developed by the next generation into shaping the future of our society by leveraging the potential of open science.”
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is a nonprofit organization and open-access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
Created in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) builds peace by fostering international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. As the only specialized United Nations agency with an explicit mandate for science, UNESCO promotes international scientific cooperation, helps developing countries to build their scientific and technological capacity and supports Member States’ efforts to develop effective, inclusive public policies. The Organization’s work extends to standard-setting in its fields of competence. One of these standard-setting instruments is the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, adopted by 193 countries in November 2021. This Recommendation is the first international framework to provide guidelines on how to use open science to make science more equitable and inclusive. Visit https://en.unesco.org and follow on Twitter @UNESCO to learn more.
The Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated and self-organized mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in certain UN processes. MGCY acts as a bridge between young people and the UN system in order to ensure that their right to meaningful participation is realized. MGCY does so by engaging formal and informal communities of young people, in the design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up, and review of sustainable development policies at all levels of the UN system. Visit https://www.unmgcy.org and follow on Twitter @UNMGCY to learn more.
About the GYA Working Group on Open Science
Recognizing that open science fosters research communication that is inclusive, effective, and conducive to collaboration and discovery across fields and locations, the GYA working group on Open Science aims to inform current transformations in publication systems, institutions and technologies by (1) garnering and voicing young researchers’ views on which scientific outputs should be disseminated, how, to whom and with which expectations; (2) investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in implementing open science mandates across highly diverse research environments; (3) promoting open science mandates across the GYA membership and partner organizations. The Global Young Academy is an independent science academy of 200 outstanding early- to mid-career researchers from six continents who are selected from across disciplines based on their academic excellence and commitment to engage with society. The mission of the GYA is to give a voice to early-career researchers across the globe. Visit https://globalyoungacademy.net/activities/open-science/ and follow @GlobalYAcademy on Twitter to learn more.
Washington, DC (February 12, 2022) – JSPG CEO Dr. Adriana Bankston participated as a panelist in The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust Meeting held earlier this week, alongside Dr. Travis York (AAAS) and Dr. Brandy Huderson (UDC & New Voices member). The panel was moderated by Dr. Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences & JSPG Advisory Board member. View the panel discussion here.
Panelists discussed ideas to improve the early career research experience and provided insights into how the Strategic Council may be able to assist. The Strategic Council, co-chaired by Dr. David B. Allison, Dr. France Cordova and Dr. Marcia McNutt, serves as a venue for multiple stakeholders to advance collectively the integrity, ethics, resilience, and effectiveness of the research enterprise while at the same time preparing it for tomorrow's challenges. Learn more about the Strategic Council.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is an international, open access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows, and young scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
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Washington, DC (February 7, 2022) – Congratulations to JSPG CEO Adriana Bankston, who was selected as an Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) Fellow for 2022-2023.
The goal of the ARIS Fellows program is to increase the quality and availability of scholarship and resources about research impacts through projects that synthesize existing scholarly work or develop small-scale innovative scholarship in research impact practices. This year’s class of ARIS Fellows will focus on a number of priorities related to workforce readiness and science communication practices in broader impacts.
“The ARIS community brings together professionals with a rich diversity of backgrounds and professional practices. The suite of 2022 Fellows projects reflects that diversity,” said Julie Risien, PhD, Associate Director of the STEM Research Center at Oregon State University and Co-Investigator of ARIS.
By day, Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations in Washington, DC. In addition to working at UC, Bankston is also a Biomedical Workforce & Policy Research Investigator at the STEM Advocacy Institute, and Co-Chair of the Education Task Force with Women in Government Relations.
Bankston is passionate about empowering the next generation of scientists and making their voices heard across international platforms in science policy. In this fellowship, Bankston will work on a project entitled Developing the Next Generation Workforce Through Science Policy as a Bridge between Science and Society, with the goal of expanding science policy training and resources for students from a variety of backgrounds.
“I am honored to be selected as a 2022 ARIS fellow and contribute to advancing broader impacts through building a diverse and inclusive scientific workforce of the future,” said Adriana Bankston, JSPG CEO. “Having the opportunity to empower the next generation of science policy leaders through the ARIS fellowship is a true privilege, and I look forward to developing broader impact resources to broadly benefit the scientific and policy community.”
The 2022 class of ARIS Fellows includes 13 professionals in science education, communication and policy, as well as public engagement and media outreach from U.S. universities and organizations spanning a number of scientific disciplines.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) is a nonprofit organization and open-access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows, and young scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) works with U.S. and international scientists and engagement practitioners to build capacity, advance scholarship, grow partnerships and provide resources to help them engage with and demonstrate the impact of research in their communities and society. Founded in September 2018 and housed at the University of Missouri, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the ARIS Center (ARIS, OIA #1810732) emphasizes support for serving traditionally underserved populations while providing inclusive public engagement to ensure a diverse science workforce. The work of the center is beneficial to researchers who increase knowledge and discovery, to practitioners who collaborate with researchers and community stakeholders, and to the public who benefit from research and education advancements. ARIS is home to a thriving community of practice including more than 1,000 members. Visit researchinsociety.org and follow on ARIS on Twitter @arisimpacts to learn more.