Deputy Minister of Education and Science in Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Counselor, Head of Sector Education and Research at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU. She holds Master degrees in European integration and in Contemporary History from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Previous positions held include Director-General of Structural Funds and International Educational Programs at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and Director of the Joint Innovation Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (JIC – BAS). Ms. Angelieva is a founder of the Club of Young Scientists in Bulgaria and has been in charge of the coordination of National contact points’ network for the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation for 10 years. On 1 September 2018 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria.
As a longtime employee of the Ministry of Education and Science in the period 2002-2009, Ms. Angelieva was involved in the coordination of the 6th EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, overseeing the national contact network, organizing information days and training for representatives of academic and business sector to boost their participation in the program. Karina Angelieva was the head of projects under the PHARE program on the topic of overall modernization of the research system in Bulgaria. She provided analysis and recommendations for the introduction of modern European practices in program financing on a national level. Ms. Angelieva participated in various working groups, including the group tasked with the preparation of the National Charter for SMEs and of the methodology for the Technology Transfer centers and evaluation of innovations in Bulgaria as a preparation for the participation in the OP "Competitiveness".
Karina Angelieva has extensive expertise and practical experience in the field of research and innovation, including the coordination, preparation and management of projects related to the development and deployment of new applications and services in the field of technology transfer, inter-sectoral partnership “industry-academy” and others. As a former director of the JIC at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), she led the innovation policy of the Academy and contributed to the establishment of an effective cooperation between BAS and the industrial sector. She also guided the participation of JIC in the Bulgarian consortium of Enterprise Europe Network.
Deputy Minister Angelieva is a member of the Commission Board of the Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (Bulgarian Fulbright Commission). She is devoted to promoting science communication in Bulgaria and has been the driving force behind the success of the 31st EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) held Sofia in 2019. On her initiative the Bulgarian Science Portal was launched in 2019 as a step towards defragmenting the science information and communication landscape on a national level.
How to stimulate the uptake of Open Science
The last two decades, if one looks backward, the politics, economies and the society overall are challenged from the speed and scale of the digitalisation. Speed in the sense of emerging opportunities that economies and societies have to adapt to and be ready to explore, in the sense of exponentially growing need to adapt our knowledge and skills, and last but not least overcoming and removing legal and cultural barriers hindering the full use of data’s potential based on fair and security principles. In the same time citizens are overwhelmed from their totally different expectations about the future of our world because of these rapid digital processes and are often left alone to understand or adapt to what is known or accessible. The EC and the EP moved forward many important policies in the direction of holistic and more transparent approach to those changes, including the latest Open Data Directive. Of course, this considerable change and preparatory actions couldn’t be sustainable without taking important steps in reforming and modernising our research and innovation ecosystems. In this respect the Council of the EU adopted a number of important recommendations, some of which are in the Conclusions of 27 May 2016 on "The transition towards an Open Science system" and Council conclusions on "Accelerating knowledge circulation in the EU" from 29 of May 2018 and Shaping Europe's Digital Future - Council Conclusions (9 June 2020). Still, the biggest question is what exactly is the scale of the digitalisation and what should be the scale in the sense of use and reuse of data so that those changes to go in a harmonised way and approach with the capacity of all of us to assimilate and understand what cultural, practical and social impact will big data and AI have. I believe that the best answers one could find and explore and then test and exploit is the research and innovation sector where we already have at least one more ingredient to support us all in meeting all the challenges and it is called - risk. Debating on EU level how much resilient and prepared are our national systems to adopt open science and FAIR data principles, we all unite around the necessity to support and stimulate modern research infrastructure, networks, collaborative projects as well as stimulus for career development including acquiring particular skills. At the same time, one notices the differences in the preparedness of universities and research organisation towards this major socio-economic transformation because of lack of cross-institutional cooperation and understanding of the importance of use and reuse research data as evidence for smart policies, and second because of delayed realisation of open market and free flow of data throughout the EU, based on high quality standards.
Discussion Panel: Open Science And Regulatory Frames
Panelists: Karina Angelieva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science in Bulgaria Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London Prof. Li Jianhui, Chinese Academy of Science Martin Semberger, Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs Dr. Stefan Hanslik, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research Marie Timmermann, Science Europe Chair and Moderator: Dr. Paolo Budroni, TU Wien Co-chair: Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services