Livestreaming of Berlin Open Access conference

Presentations and discussions will be avialable as live stream from the Harnack House of the Max Planck Society in Berlin

March 20, 2017

During the 13th Berlin Conference taking place on March 21-22, 2017, some 220 experts from research and research funding organizations from 34 countries will meet to discuss their experiences with the envisioned transition in scientific publishing.

One year after its launch, the global initiative OA2020 is seeing strong support as part of the Berlin Declaration. Further international scientific institutions have joined the cause for converting the majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access (OA) publishing. For the 13th Berlin Conference, starting on March 21, 2017, additional support for OA2020 is expected from the USA.

One of the initiative's key elements is the Expression of Interest (EoI), in which the signatory academic organisations outline their shared objective “to transform a majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing”. This transition is to be pursued by ”converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable OA business models”. At the same time, the signatories agree “to continue to support new and improved forms of OA publishing”.

While the first day of the 13th Berlin Conference is reserved for the signatories of the Expression of Interest, the conference will be opened on the second day for a wider audience. Representatives of the publishing industry are explicitly invited. In addition, the presentations and discussions can be followed on March 22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. onwards (until 3:15 p.m.) via livestream.

All times are GMT+1.

Featured speakers include:

  • Salvatore Mele (CERN, Switzerland)
  • Steven Hall (IOP Publishing, UK)
  • Brigitte Kromp (University of Vienna/Austrian Consortium, Austria)
  • Johan Rooryck (Leiden University, Netherlands)
  • Saskia de Vries (Sampan, Netherlands)
  • John Willinsky (Stanford University, USA)

 A full agenda can be downloaded from the conference website.                                                                                                                                                                                           

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