2021 events - MINERVA

Management meeting

13th January, Yerevan, Armenian

13th January Armenian partner university coordinators (P6 Seyran Kocharyan, P7 Nerses Gevorgyan, P8 Alexander Markarov, P9 Anna Chulyan) hold a management meeting on:

  • Discussion on operational plan for 2021, particularly on activities targeting WPs
  • To suggest grant coordinator to involve the National Library of Armenia as associated partner in MINERVA project to synergize all the Armenian partner university repositories on national level

Armenian partner universities arranged the second management meeting

22th January, Yerevan, Armenian

22 January Armenian partner universities arranged the second management meeting on:

  • Discussion on MINERVA online meeting to be held on the 5th of February in order to address the agenda
  • Discussion on operational plan from 2019 to 2024
  • Each partner presented situation with the list of equipment to be purchased and the peculiarities of tendering procedure. It was noted that P7 has special case problems and the situation will be solved by the grant coordinator
  • Discussion on options of tendering procedure proposed by grant coordinator
  • Discussion on exchange rates to be used for reporting
  • Discussion on national antiplagiarism tool
  • Discussion on GAP analysis criteria of operationalization- methodology adjustment
  • GAP analysis metrics development
  • Discussion on questionaries for different WPs


Consortium meeting

5th February, Yerevan, Armenian


On 5th February the 3rd Consortium meeting was held:

Partner universities discussed current stage of the project implementation process, discussed and updated projects management and quality control and the new operational plan for the achievements of the planned results.


EURAXESS teams members meeting

19th February, Yerevan, Armenian

19th February Armenian partner university EURAXESS teams members hold a meeting on WP4:

  • Discussion on certain aspect of the 40 principles of HR4R from the point of view of understanding the principles in different fields
  • Introduction of individual approaches on the methods of implementing the GAP analysis. Finding common understanding and optimal solutions to challenging points.
  • The roadmap for the EURAXESS was discussed at the meeting as well
  • Discussion on the HR capacities in the area of research and Open Science
  • Discussion on necessary competences and practical knowledge facilitating the creation and adoption bylaws relevant for HR and research management enhancement in AM HEIs


Virtual meeting: “Harmonization of legislative framework on Open Science”

3rd March, online

WP2 virtual meeting on 3rd March: “Harmonization of legislative framework on Open Science”

  • Short discussion on advancement with the report on Eu Open Science practices and transfer of knowledge and skills
  • The representative of RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (Lilit Mkrtchyan) presented the current situation of national policy on Open Science, as well as the overview of existing legislative framework on Open Science at national level.
  • Discussion on institutional Open Science policies, each institution presented their university level frameworks and strategies on Open Science
  • Short discussion on recommendations for the national Open Science policy with stakeholders outside Consortium


Virtual meeting: “Building capacities of research management

4th March, online

WP3 virtual meeting on 4th March: “Building capacities of research management”

  • Introduction and general overview of WP3
  • Current status of Deliverable 3.2: “National Standards for the OS services” to better describe the goal of this Deliverable
  • Presentation of Deliverable 3.3 current status: “Integrated system of institutional repositories: National Standards and guidelines for the development of web services, institutional repositories and databases”.
  • Presentation of report by Armenian partner university coordinator (P9 Anna Chulyan) introducing the setting up of institutional repository structure of as well as the list of equipment for purchasing. Presentation was focused on creation of Institutional Open Access Policy and Institutional Repository Policy, particularly on Metadata Policy (for information describing items in the repository), Data Policy (for full-text and other full data items), Content Policy (for document types and datasets), Submission Policy (concerning depositors, quality and copyright), Preservation Policy. An action plan for OS Institutional Policy Implementation was provided.


Dissemination of the Erasmus+ Minerva project in International forum "Commonwealth of Libraries: Achievements and Prospects for Long-Term Partnership"

11th March, online

Dissemination of the Erasmus+ Minerva project in International forum "Commonwealth of Libraries: Achievements and Prospects for Long-Term Partnership" arranged on March 11 by Russian State Library

Armenian partner university coordinator (P9 Anna Chulyan) made a report in scope of International Forum "Commonwealth of Libraries: Achievements and Prospects for Long-Term Partnership". In the report were presented the main goals and principles of ERASMUS + MINERVA project and was underlined the importance of Open science principles (enhancement of research transparency, dissemination, collaborations, and accountability) as well as advantages of open innovation for the world. The presentation was also aimed at dissemination of project goals and results:

  • Advancement of national and institutional guidelines, policies, and incentives related to the open science in Moldova and Armenia
  • Establishment of digital repositories at all project`s partner HEIs in Moldova and Armenia
  • Fostering their infrastructural development and interoperability
  • Building human research capacities in order to ensure the sustainable implementation of Open Science principles and enhancing the social inclusiveness and accountability of publicly-funded research.


 WP4 working meeting

 18th March, Yerevan, Armenia

On 18th March WP4 working meeting was arranged to discuss the achievements of each partner institution within WP4, presentation of the results, obstacles, proposals.

P9 EURAXESS team member Robert Khachatryan presented achievements on the planned deliverables, the stage of WP4 implementation at Brusov State University. Armenian partner university EURAXESS team members were discussed one by one 40 principles of GAP analysis.



MINERVA Virtual Study Visit at Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France

22th April, online

April 22, 2021 MINERVA Virtual Study Visit at Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France

Project partner university members took part in virtual tour- EU partner experience sharing within WP4 Building Capacities of Research Management.

  • UCA Human Resources Strategies for Researchers and the HRS4R Label (Jean-Baptiste Nicolas et Anne Khoury, UCA)
  • UCA anti-plagiarism practice and Compilatio software (Natalia Timuș, UCA)
  • Open Science and Open Data – sharing UCA practice with OBERRED project (tbc)
  • Open Science and Open Peer Review Platform in Ukraine – OPTIMA project (Oleksandr Berezko, LPNU)
  • Ouriginal (ex-Urkund): the integration of external antiplagiarism software into the UV academic environment (Alfredo Rosado, UV and Ouriginal representative)
  • The Antiplagiarism Practice and Strategy at National and Institutional level (Ilaria Reggiani, U.Marconi)
  • University of Liege Antiplagiarism Practice (Therese Dupont, U.Liege)
  • UCA research management practices (Diana Sebbar, UCA)

MINERVA Project Meeting at the National Library of Armenia

 27th July, Yerevan, Armenia

On July 27th “MINERVA” project Armenian partner universities working group gathered at the National Library of Armenia to discuss the OS implementation strategy of the project. The project country coordinator Alexander Markarov opened the meeting by presenting the agenda. The agenda consisted of two main talking points:

    *  the creation of a national plagiarism detection software

    *  the implementation of the “Open Science Strategy” within the project. 

       The participants discussed the technical challenges of creating an effective tool for identifying plagiarism, specifically the need for establishing a function for text translation from Russian and English into Armenian for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The costs of a possible AI- based solution were discussed. The participants highlighted the difficulties of establishing a comprehensive national database due to lack of policy regulation in regards to open access and copyright issues.
In the second half of the meeting the participants discussed the Action Plan of the “Open Science Strategy”. The strategic priorities of the Plan were outlined, particularly Open Access policy development, from definition of the term to specific initiatives.  The participants agreed upon the date and the agenda of the next meeting.