Ana Persic


Speaker: Ana Persic, Programme Specialist, UNESCO, France

Dr Ana Persic is Programme Specialist for Science Policy and Partnerships at the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Ecologist by training with a PhD in Ecotoxicology, Dr Ana Persic joined UNESCO in April 2006  in the framework of the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere program within the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences in Paris. She has then served as a Science Specialist at the UNESCO Liaison Office in New York from 2011-2018. Her work relates to strengthening the science-policy interface and promoting science, technology, and innovation in implementing the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Since 2019, she has been coordinating the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

Abstract: “UNESCO Open Science Recommendation: International Policy Framework for Open Science”

Recognizing Open Science as a true game-changer in addressing the pressing planetary and socio-economic challenges, UNESCO led a global dialogue with the aim of developing the first international standard-setting instrument on Open Science in the form of a UNESCO Recommendation. The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, unanimously adopted on 23 November 2021 by 193 UNESCO Member States defines shared values and principles for Open Science and identifies concrete measures on open access and open data, with proposals to bring society closer to science and commitments to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge worldwide. If adequately implemented across the world and by different open science actors, the Recommendation has the potential of significantly advancing science that is more accessible, collaborative, transparent, inclusive and more responsive to the needs of society.