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As of 1 May 2019, Prof. Frans Oort will serve as the UvA's Open Science coordinator. This position has been created to guide the transition to Open Science in a way that suits the UvA and its staff. Oort will combine his work as coordinator with his present duties as professor of Methods and Statistics and director of the Research Institute of Child Development and Education.

Open Science promotes cooperation, transparency, reproducibility and public access to research results. The objectives of Open Science are to improve the quality of research, advance collaboration, speed up the research process, increase the transparency of research and the assessment of research, and make research methods and outcomes generally available. Open Science will involve changes for researchers, for the organisation of research, and for all research-related activities. The Open Science coordinator has been assigned to ensure a smooth transition to Open Science. Oort will be responsible for creating policies and provisions to facilitate researchers from various academic disciplines in this transition. In addition, he will stay abreastof national and international developments regarding Open Science and he will represent the UvA at the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the League of European Research Universities (LERU). 

'The UvA fully endorses the objectives of Open Science to improve the quality of research and promote scientific progress. However, we want to make sure that the measures that are associated with Open Science are truly helpful and do not harm the interests of the university or its staff', Oort explains.

Frans Oort
Frans Oort (credits: Jeroen Oerlemans)

About Frans Oort

Frans Oort (1963) was appointed professor of Methods and Statistics at the UvA's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in 2010. In addition, he is the director of the Research Institute of Child Development and Education. Until recently, he also served as the director of the Research Priority Area Yield and programme director of the research Master's degree programme in Child Development and Education. Moreover, in recent years he also chaired the University Committee on Research (UOC) and headed the working group on Academic Integrity that advised the Executive Board on integrity policies, research culture and scientific practice.

Oort studied Psychology at the UvA and obtained his doctorate there in 1996 for psychometric research of statistical models in behavioural sciences research. Having worked as a statistician and methodologist at Leiden University and the Academic Medical Center (AMC), he returned to the UvA in 2005. Oort has published extensively on his fundamental research into psychometrics and its applications in the fields of psychology, medicine, child development and education sciences.