SPARC Europe is one of Europe’s key and long-standing voices advocating for unfettered access to research and education — for the academic and education community; for the whole of society.

More openness in research and education, we believe, will lead to an accelerated rate of discovery in academia and in the private sector, and of learning at every strata of education.

SPARC Europe is a Dutch foundation is committed to delivering on the promise of open access, open science, open scholarship and open education.

Our vision

Our vision is that open access to European education and research is the default: For the Higher Education community, research, education, industry, and for society.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide leadership to Europe’s Higher Education and research communities and those that support it to enable the conditions and opportunities to maximise the access and re-use of Europe’s research and educational resources for all whilst respecting diversity and equity.

Our strategy

Our strategy gives an in-depth look at who our target groups are, what we stand for, and what comprises our key goals and activities until 2024. If you want to know more, see how we are thinking.
In 2022 we will study to what extent SPARC Europe addresses Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in its activities and governance. This initial plan informs the DEI plan for 2023 and 2024.

Our work

Our work plan is highly focussed on policy-making, advocacy and knowledge exchange activities. Fore more on our work, see here.

Annual Report

For a review of our previous years’ work, download our 2023 Annual Report.