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Office of Science and Technology Policy offers virtual listening sessions

Students, fellows and the educators and administrators of graduate and postgraduate programs are encouraged to attend a series of virtual public listening sessions hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The purpose of these sessions is to hear from the early career researcher community about the challenges and opportunities for advancing open science in the United States.  

The White House OSTP wants input from researchers in a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as those involved in training and capacity building, including librarians, educators and administrators. Hosted as part a Year of Open Science, the listening sessions aim to incorporate the needs, priorities and experiences of this community into the future of open and equitable research.   

The OSTP virtual listening sessions are open to the public; each session focuses on a particular topic. Participants will have the opportunity to share their views if they indicate on their registration form that they would like to speak. Speakers will be allotted up to two minutes per comment; if time permits, they may deliver more than one comment.  

Please visit the links below to register for any of the four upcoming virtual listening sessions. Registration is required to attend. More information can also be found on OSTP’s Events & Webinars webpage. The listening sessions are as follows:  

If you would like to provide information in addition to or in lieu of your participation in the listening session, you may send a brief message to this public email address: 

This series of sessions follows the memorandum issued by the OSTP on Aug. 25, 2022, that requires federal funding agencies to develop policies to make publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research immediately publicly available. Funders’ policies are to be updated as soon as possible, but no later than Dec. 31, 2025. The OSTP policies are expected to cover approximately 50 percent of the research that is published at Vanderbilt University. Solutions are likely to meld existing disciplinary practices, data and institutional repository infrastructure with existing and potential forms of open access publishing models.