The input of various groups in society is necessary if science and innovation are to help find solutions for societal challenges, both to define the scientific challenges from various perspectives and to implement the approach. Diversity in science is also necessary to be able to train and use all the available talent. How do we ensure that science is inclusive?
We will provide more details of employment and progression within science of men and women, students and employees with a (non-Western) migration background. We will do this as part of the monitoring of the National Action Plan on Diversity. Our mission is to make science “open” to society. This is not just about access to results but also about how the ideas, views and interests of the public, civil society organisations and practitioners can be better involved in research. How can they play a structural role in knowledge ecosystems and their management in facing up to societal challenges? And how can we ensure - in the current geopolitical situation - that data, research results and facilities are shared responsibly between researchers and with public and private sector organisations? How has the openness of science in the Netherlands developed in recent years in comparison with other countries? We will work closely with our international partners, with the European Commission and the OECD, the national UNESCO Committee and UNESCO in Paris.