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Call for Members: The Swiss Academies are establishing a Sounding Board for Researchers for Open Research Data

The Swiss Academies are establishing a Sounding Board for Researchers for the implementation of the Action Plan on Open Research Data with their expertise. Apply by 15 August 2022 and help boost Open Science in Switzerland.

In January 2022 swissuniversities, the Swiss Academies for Arts and Sciences, the ETH Board and the Swiss National Science Foundation published the Action Plan for Open Research Data (ORD). Its goal is to change our way of dealing with research data in Switzerland. The plan is divided into four fields of action:


  • Support researchers and research communities in adopting ORD practices
  • Provide sustainable and useful basic infrastructures and services for all researchers
  • Equip researchers for ORD skills development and exchange of best practices
  • Create conditions that are conducive to the implementation of ORD practices in institutions and research communities


The Action Plan follows the ORD Strategy adopted in 2021. Each participating institution is responsible for the implementation of several tasks. A Strategy Council with nine members from the participating institutions monitor the strategic management.


The role of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are assigned to establish a permanent Sounding Board of researchers and its administration. The main task of the Board is to advise the Strategy Council and the Coordination Group as its supporting unit by responding to their questions and issuing recommendations to encourage the participation of research communities in the development of the Swiss ORD landscape. Within the context of these tasks, the Board may consider anticipating future ORD-related developments. Furthermore, it acts as the Jury of the Open Research Data Prize, which will be awarded by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.


Call for members

We are calling for members to join this newly established Sounding board. We are seeking members who have a keen interest in Open Science and have already gained experience in ORD research practices. Members of the Sounding Board should be affiliated with a Swiss higher education institution and be able to showcase ORD practices within their field of expertise.


The Sounding Board consists of up to 16 members and will be supported by a dedicated secretary starting their job in fall 2022. Our goal is to have a diverse Board of researchers with different disciplinary and methodological backgrounds as well as different career levels, positions (PhD being the minimal requirement), genders and affiliation.



Please send your CV and a letter of motivation by 15 August 2022 to:


Selection process

The up to 16 members of the Sounding Board will be selected by their interest and personal experience documented in the submitted dossier and the diversity criteria mentioned in the mandate. The Coordination Group will prepare a short-list of candidates to the attention of the Strategy Council who will elect the members.


Further information

Dr Beat Immenhauser, Delegate Open Science Swiss Academies, will answer your questions regarding the call:


Phone: +41 31 306 92 50



Mandate of the Sounding Board Researchers

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Dr. Beat Immenhauser

Delegate Open Science

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
House of Academies
Laupenstrasse 7
P.O. Box
3001 Bern