Workgroup Open Science

Open Science stands for openness in the knowledge culture. Openness here means transparent and participatory scientific processes, free access to scientific information and its optimal usability. Open Science refers to publications (Open Access), teaching and learning materials (Open Educational Resources), data (Open Data), software code (Open Source) and other scientifically relevant areas. Open Science is one of the standards of good scientific practice and contributes to shaping digitisation in science.

The national Open Access Strategy, the national Open Research Data Strategy and the Open Access Policy of the University of Lucerne also require members of the University of Lucerne to implement Open Science. The University of Lucerne awards an annual Open Science Prize. The awarding of the prize is intended to show how Open Science can be implemented in the subjects of the University of Lucerne on the basis of the projects honoured. 

The Open Science Prize

Open Science increases the visibility of research achievements, contributes to innovation and promotes collaboration.
The Open Science Prize of the University of Lucerne makes the achievements of researchers in this field visible. In addition, the projects/teams honoured show how Open Science can be implemented in the subjects of the University of Lucerne.
The prize is endowed with CHF 500 and is awarded by the Rector during the International Open Access Week in October.


The prize is awarded to researchers/researcher teams at the University of Lucerne who are committed to Open Science. The teams can be made up of researchers from different universities, but the project should be led by members of the University of Lucerne. The diversity of subjects taught at the University of Lucerne as well as the diversity of Open Science practices will be taken into account. The researchers should have made a visible contribution to at least one aspect of Open Science:

  • If possible, consistent publication on one of the three pathways to Open Access (Gold, Green or Hybrid under a Transformation Agreement).
  • If possible, freely accessible and re-usable publication of the research data and/or codes (suitable licence, sufficient metadata)
  • Transparent and traceable research processes that contribute to improving the error culture.
  • Teaching materials that are as open and re-usable as possible.
  • Participatory and collaborative design of projects ("Citizen Science")
  • Free use of data for own research and sharing of these competences (e.g. with students)
  • Application of Open Science practices in teaching or outreach activities

In addition, the following overarching criteria will be given special consideration at the award ceremony:

  • Innovative forms of implementing Open Science, application of Open Science practices in research areas in which they are still little established
  • Involvement of young scientists
  • Promotion of diversity, sustainability and social inclusion