Open Science refers to science to be as open and transparent as possible. This includes free access to scientific publications (Open Access), the transparent and, as far as possible, the open management of research data (Open Research Data), the disclosure of code (Open Source) or the involvement of society in science (Citizen Science). Open science promotes efficiency and innovation and strengthens society's trust in science.

As a university focusing on human sciences, the University of Lucerne is committed to Open Science. In particular, the focus is on free access to publications ("Open Access") as well as transparent and open access to research data. The University of Lucerne has included Open Science in its Strategy 2023-2026 and adopted an Open Science Policy, which will enter into force on 01.01.2024. Together with the Central and University Library of Lucerne, it supports its members in implementing Open Science and recognizes efforts in Open Science i.a. with the annual awarding of the Open Science Award.