After a year, Krakow, Poland, welcomed participants to the National Tripartite Event Poland, held on 6 and 7 November 2023. This event was organized by the Polish government agency Narodowe Centrum Nauki, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science. The theme for this year was "Open Science for Better Science," and it provided the opportunity to delve into the concept of open science from various views. During their presentations, speakers emphasized the imperative of advocating for open science and its principles in research and innovation. They highlighted that shared knowledge could help face numerous challenges.
During the two-day programme, speakers and discussants focused mainly on the status of the EOSC initiative in the so-called "widening countries", which are states located in regions with less financial support for research and innovation development. On the first day, the participants addressed the topic of tripartite cooperation between the European Commission, and the EOSC Association and the EOSC Steering Board. And they also discussed the integration of open science in Poland into the context of the European EOSC initiative to coordinate the future direction of the initiative.
Olga Bohuslavová, the International Cooperation Specialist representing the Czech EOSC-CZ Secretariat, gave three presentations at this National Tripartite Event. As a speaker, she presented the challenges the Czech EOSC initiative faced, clarified the project's objectives, and explained the dynamics of international cooperation. During the panel discussion on Monday, where participants talked about the current EOSC and open science agenda at national and institutional levels, Bohuslavová emphasised: "The key factor for a functional and enduring EOSC is giving scientists quality and efficient open science services with the true dedication and application of open science principles across diverse levels within the research ecosystem."
On Tuesday, during the "EOSC Regional Round Table", the Czech representative delivered an overview of the ongoing developments within the EOSC initiative in the Czech Republic. Subsequently, Olga Bohuslavová actively participated in an interactive discussion centred on the future trajectory of the initiative, particularly in the context of the expanding countries. Bohuslavová emphasized: "EOSC can be effectively implemented not only through financial support during the initiation phase at the national and institutional levels but, above all, by establishing a high-quality open science ecosystem as a cohesive whole."
This year's event also took place in an online format. Throughout the online conferences, participants discussed various topics extending beyond open science, including science funding, the evolution of scientific projects, and the development of research infrastructures.