Open Science

Open Science is an important way to spread TU Delft’s mission to deliver Science to Society. With Open Science we wish to make scientific knowledge accessible online, free of charge to all users. This way new ideas are spread faster and wider, which in turn lead to new research.

Researchers benefit from Open Science in different ways: 

  • Increased visibility: citations, mentions in social and other media
  • Increased credits: references to publications, data and methods, awards for openness
  • Increased funding: rewards for openness, awards for clear definitions of copyright/proprietary rights
  • Improved networking: new opportunities (From: Open Science and Research Initiative, 2014).

But the effects go beyond research: teachers also benefit by integrating the available knowledge directly in their courses and when companies have access to the latest scientific ideas, they can build on these.

The Open Science programme is built up like this:

TU Delft supports its researchers in doing all that is necessary to share their knowledge and be  part of Open Science. The Open Science guide gives practical information on how to apply OpenScience Principles in the research and publication process.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.


Our Open Science aspirations are:

  •  Create awareness of Open Science opportunities and requirements amongst TU Delft researchers and partners and external parties
  • Get commitment from TU Delft researchers and partners for Open Science
  • Inspire TU Delft researchers and partners to put Open Science into action

Under Open Research, Open Publishing and Open Education, you will learn more about what we do to achieve these goals.


TU Delft activities
The Open Science program is managed in a close partnership between the TU Delft Library and the Extension School, upon request from the Executive Board. The programme consists of various activities in the areas of Open Research, Open Publishing and Open Education. All activities are beneficial to the individual researcher, TU Delft and society and in line with our mission to deliver Science to Society.

Read more about these activities on the Open Research, Open Publishing and Open Education pages.

Open Science course
TU Delft is developing an online course on Open Science for PhD candidates. The course teaches them how they can further increase their academic impact in their fields using Open Science principles. The course addresses what Open Science is, why it is important, and how PhD candidates can follow its principles when they manage their research data and share their work with the outside world. The course will be offered by the TU Delft Graduate School from September 2017 onwards.

Wider Open Science movement
Open Science is a worldwide movement where many universities and institutions worldwide contribute to. TU Delft is part of various Open Science platforms and committees to share knowledge and best practices:

  • Signed the 'Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge In the Sciences’.
  • Member of the high-level advisory group Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP).
  • Member of the national negotiating team on publishing contracts led by the VSNU. Goal is to provide open access publications a prominent place in the licenses of academic publishers.
  • Member of the Open Science project group of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences, that prepares for the Chairman's Congress on Open Science.
  • Chair of the Open Access Working Committee Open Access of the UKB (Consortium of the Dutch university libraries and National Library).
  • Member of the Open Science Taskforce of CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research). The objective of this Task Force is to prepare and support CESAER members in achieving the vision and mission through Open Science.
  • Member Steering Committee Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).
  • Board member DataCite.