Australian Open Science Network


The purpose of the Australian Open Science Network is to:


Network members are representatives of sector-level bodies with a stake in open science, major funders, and government departments or agencies. Current members include the following organisations:

The Australian Open Science Network is convened by Jane Angel (CAUL), Ginny Barbour (OAA), Shannon Callaghan (ARDC), Kate Davis / Katya Henry (CAUL) and Keith Russell (ARDC). Administrative and Secretariat support is provided by CAUL, OAA and ARDC.


The Australian Open Science Network was formed in late 2022 as the successor to the FAIR Steering Group, following a review of its role and operations conducted by FAIR Steering Group members. Over time, discussions amongst the FAIR Steering Group had shift from a focus on FAIR access to Australia's research outputs to a broader focus on all aspects of open science. The adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science in November 2021 presented a timely opportunity to rearticulate the role and scope of the group for the future.

The Australian Open Science Network met for the first time on 25 August 2022. 


The Australian Open Science Network meets quarterly. Network members collaborate on statements and submissions and the Network presents an annual event series.

Terms of Reference

Download the Terms of Reference.

Further Information

For further information, contact CAUL National Office.

About Open Science

What is Open Science?

The Australian Open Science Network takes as its definition of Open Science that of the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation:

For the purpose of this Recommendation, open science is defined as an inclusive construct that combines various movements and practices aiming to make multilingual scientific knowledge openly available, accessible and reusable for everyone, to increase scientific collaborations and sharing of information for the benefits of science and society, and to open the processes of scientific knowledge creation, evaluation and communication to societal actors beyond the traditional scientific community. It comprises all scientific disciplines and aspects of scholarly practices, including basic and applied sciences, natural and social sciences and the humanities, and it builds on the following key pillars: open scientific knowledge, open science infrastructures, science communication, open engagement of societal actors and open dialogue with other knowledge systems.


Director, Strategy & Analytics at CAUL
Director, Strategy & Analytics at CAUL
Author Kate Davis
Last modified 17 July 2023