BiOS Biodiversity Open Science

BiOS is an open science platform in education, research, information and public engagement, in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, conservation and sustainable use of biological resources.
It aims to make data available, provide access to information, include citizens on the scientific process and knowledge sharing, and generate new research, projects and solutions.
BiOS will bridge the gap between science and society, through the development of a scientific social responsibility framework.

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The UNESCO Chair on Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development, awarded in 2014 to the University of Coimbra (Portugal), aims to act as an integrated platform in education, research, information and science communication, in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, conservation and sustainable use of biological resources, among Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking countries community.
The Chair’s domains are in agreement with, and work towards, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This project, in specific, focus on SDG 2- End Hunger, SDG 4 – Quality Education and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.  Moreover, the working model and this specific project carried out by the UNESCO Chair is in accordance to the Open Science principles. We aim to make data available, provide access to generated information, include citizens on the scientific process and knowledge sharing, and generate new research and I&D projects.     

How does your innovation work?

Our Chair pursues three interrelated lines of action: Research, Training, and Science Communication, fostering Public Access, Open Data, Open Research, Open Repositories and Citizen Science. We aim to make data available, provide access to generated information, include citizens on the scientific process and knowledge sharing, and generate new research and I&D projects.
The UNESCO Chair is implementing a case-study project “Genesis and development of the natural protected areas network in Angola and Mozambique: contributions for biodiversity conservation”, an Open Science Platform for the Natural Heritage of Portuguese-speaking countries community. This project aims to: (i) Gather the current knowledge of the consumption and use of endogenous resources; (ii) involvement of local communities and traditional knowledge; (iii) open science and knowledge sharing and transfer about the use of natural and agro-forestry resources; (iv) specific training on local food resources in Portuguese-speaking countries community

What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?

The University of Coimbra is a reference in higher education and scientific research in Portugal, due to the quality of its education and to the advances achieved in basic and applied research in various fields of science, including biodiversity and ecology – an ideal context for knowledge sharing and transfer, according to the Open Science principles.

Do you have current users or testers?

The UNESCO Chair is implementing a case-study project “Genesis and development of the natural protected areas network in Angola and Mozambique: contributions for biodiversity conservation”, an Open Science Platform for the Natural Heritage of Portuguese-speaking countries community.

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

In the short term, our major goal is to develop the case-study project and the evaluation according to (i) science produce (open science); (ii) science shared (digital repositories, outreach activities); (iii) platform of Citizen Science. In the long term, we aim to expand this Open Science principles to other scientific projects, and also contribute to implement those important principles to other partner institutions of the UNESCO Chair. We also aim to contribute to produce changes in mindset of scientists by raising awareness of the growing movement to make science open, thus creating an innovator society and providing access to knowledge for all.

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