As part of the FAIRsFAIR (Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe) project, EUA and the University of Amsterdam are organising a focus group meeting to allow an in-depth dialogue with other universities about the development and implementation of research data management related competences and the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data principles in higher education curricula.

In a world increasingly fuelled by data, the competences and skills to collect, manage, analyse and interpret data are becoming ever more important. In other words, data literacy and data competences will be a necessity to prepare graduates for the future of work. This is not limited to data science itself. For graduates, working with data will be important to conduct research and in their professional careers.

Science 2.0 and Open Science are made possible through digital technologies and rely on research data management (RDM) to ensure reproducibility and openness of research. Universities, research organisations, public organisations and private companies will need to develop data management and stewardship competences to engage in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and to benefit from the opportunities from digital science. Likewise, researchers and other users need to produce, share and (re-)use FAIR data.

This development requires to re-think how data-related competences including RDM and the FAIR principles are taught and addressed in higher education programmes for Bachelor and Master students and early-stage researchers – in Data Science, Information Studies but also other fields.

The focus group will address key questions, including:

  • At what level and how much should students be exposed to research data management? How can the FAIR principles be addressed in higher education?
  • What are challenges and good practices in educating and training students and early-stage researchers in research data management and the FAIR principles?

Participating in the focus group will give you an opportunity to exchange experiences and learn about practices at other universities as the programme will build on interactive discussions intended to facilitate an open exchange. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the ecosystem of data science initiatives and educators in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

Target group

This event is mainly aimed at university and academic leadership and experts interested in training, skills and competence development related to RDM, the FAIR principles, data science, open science and ancillary areas. Applications with other backgrounds, e.g. representing European initiatives, projects or research infrastructures, are also encouraged.


For any questions, please contact Lennart Stoy (

EU Disclaimer


Please apply via the online application form (deadline 4 October 2019). Applicants will be selected based on their experience related to the topic of the focus group. Special consideration will be given to ensuring a geographical balance as well as a diversity of experiences and institutional profiles. Applicants should have a leading function at their institution. Applications for the focus group will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


There is no registration fee, and participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Meals and refreshments on the day of the event will be provided free of charge to participants. Applicants should not make any travel arrangements before they have officially been selected for participation. Participants selected to take part in the event will receive additional practical information in due course.


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