Open Science: Promotion, Support and Assessment


Open science is a term that encompasses a multitude of practices that, taken together, change the way research is conducted. It aims to make the entire scientific information cycle more transparent, collaborative and open to society as a whole. This transformation is largely the result of a social movement driven by the various stakeholders in the world of research, and has, in recent years, taken shape in the content of research policies and funding conditions. As in the LIBER Association’s document Identifying Open Science Skills for Library Staff & Researchers, the many aspects affected by open science can be analysed in five broad areas: research integrity, FAIR data, open access, transparent metrics and rewards, and citizen science.

These new practices define a new environment in which new types of professionals are needed to guide research staff. They require the design of new procedures and the organization of necessary institutional structures. In general, the constant evolution of open science practices and research funding conditions requires not only that researchers are aware of and work on developing related competences, but also that support staff in research institutions are adequately trained to advise them.

This changing scenario has given rise to a growing demand for training and professional development for staff involved in research support – a need to which this course aims to respond. This training is primarily intended for staff from university and research libraries, management teams in university and research centres, and staff from management units in research institutes, centres and facilities, who carry out activities related to research assessment, research support and knowledge management, and who want to improve their knowledge, incorporate the experience into their work and reflect on their adaptation to this new environment.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Organize and promote the improvement of research support services in keeping with the new requirements of open science.
  • Respond to queries from research staff related to open science.
  • Design informational campaigns and training actions in open science for re-search personnel.
  • Analyse the requirements linked to open science in competitive calls for research proposals and in scientific output evaluation processes.
  • Provide support for the formulation and assessment of institutional policies relat-ed to open science.

The course is worth a total of seven credits and is organized in two modules. To earn the advanced university course diploma from the University of Barcelona, participants must successfully complete and pass both modules.

Module 1: 2 February to 22 June 2022 (4 credits)
Module 2: 7 September to 27 October 2022 (3 credits)

Face-to-face sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. (with a half hour break). In addition, participants must complete guided and independent work in planned non-face-to-face activities.

For further academic information about the course, please contact Gema Santos by email (

For information regarding the enrolment schedule, please contact the Secretary's Office for Students and Faculty Teaching Staff (telephone 93 403 5770 and email

Faculty of Information and Audiovisual Media
Melcior de Palau, 140, 08014 Barcelona