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The application period for OpenCon 2018 on November 2-4 in Toronto is now open! The application is available at https://www.opencon2018.org/apply and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship. Applications will close on July 13th at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.
SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition, in partnership with York University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto, are excited to announce that OpenCon 2018—the flagship global meeting of the OpenCon community—will take place on November 2-4 in Toronto, Canada.
OpenCon 2017 Campinas was the second edition of our satellite event that took place on October 27. As well as our first meeting, we ran it before the main conference in combination with our National Science and Technology Week.  It was a one-day event focused mainly on Open Education. This year, we offered...

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Friday, September 21, 2018 at 09:00 AM Berlin through September 23, 2018
SNSF in Bern, Switzerland

OpenCon 2018 Switzerland

What is OpenCon?

OpenCon is a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information – from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.

Over the years, OpenCon has inspired a number of researchers, librarians, educators and members of civil society to advocate for a more open and transparent access to scientific information. It is an event where individuals involved in projects advancing the state of open science meet to discuss best practice and share experience with others.

Why OpenCon Switzerland?

We believe that Switzerland would greatly benefit from a similar forum in the country, and therefore we plan to organise a OpenCon satellite event in Bern. The goal is to bring together open science practictioners, together with individuals who advocate for openness in other contexts. There was never an OpenCon satellite in Switzerland and we beleive such a meeting will be crucial to catalyse a conversation around open issues at the national level and give the opportunity for the open advocates active in Switzerland to meet and connect with the international community.

This event will be planned with the help of the organisations behind the annual OpenCon eventm something that has been done in multiple places in the past. Since 2014, over 4000 people have attended over 70 satellite events in 32 countries. Instructions on how to host an OpenCon satellite event are available here.

Who Should Attend?

OpenCon is mainly targeted at the next-generation of open science advocates. They can be early career researchers - doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, young PIs - actively promoting openness in their research field, librarians promoting openness in their institutions, publishers who have a strong open access vision, policy advisors and administrators involved in setting the open science or open government agendas, and advocates for open culture from the civil society.

Program Overview

Friday 21 September

  • Welcome address (2x5 min): Organisers, SNSF
  • Keynotes (2x30 min): 2 inspirational talks describing projects leveraging openness
  • Icebreaker (2x15 min): participants introduction and networking
  • Panel discussions (3x60 min): around 3 themes
    • Short talks (7 min each)
    • Discussions (35 min)
  • Workshop (60 min)

Saturday 22 September

  • Unconference: Discussions organised by participants, planned according to popularity
  • Do-a-thon: day-long hands-on activity on some of the projects presented in short talks the day before.
  • Tutorials (max 45 minutes): short (practical) introduction to a tool or a concept any participant wants to share with the others.

Detailed Program

Friday 21 September

09:00 - Registration

09:15 - Welcome

  • Organisers (5min)
  • Hosts (5min)

09:30 Keynote 1

10:00 Keynote 2

10:30 Coffee Break (10:30-10:45)

11:00 Ice-breaking session 1

11:15 Ice-breaking session 2

11:30 Panel 1: Overview - What is the status-quo in Switzerland

  • 3 short talks (25min)
  • Discussion - How do we move forward (35min) - In preparation of the workshop

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Workshop

  • Design Thinking for Open Research and Education (slides)

14:30 Panel 2: Open Research - Quality over Quantity

  • 3 short talks (25min)
  • Discussion (35min) - How openness can improve the quality of research

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Panel 3: The Limit of Openness - Where does it stop?

  • 3 short talks (25min)
  • Discussion (35min) - Legal, technical and social limits to openness

17:00 Closing and announcement for next day

  • Organisers (10min)

17:30 Drinks (@ReitschuleBern or turnhalle.ch)

19:30 Dinner

Saturday 22 September

9:00 Welcome and Coffee

10:00 Warm-up and short pitches

11:00 Start of the day

19:00 Official end of the event


The lingua franca of this event will be English, but we encourage participants to speak their own language if more comfortable.


Free (small registration fee will be reimbursed after participation)

More Information and Contact

Get in touch with Joao Martins (joao.martins@snf.ch) or with Luc Henry (luc.henry@epfl.ch).

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 09:00 AM Buenos Aires · 111 rsvps

OpenCon 2018 LatAm

II Edición de OpenCon LatAm 2018: “Abrimos puertas” se celebrará el 29 de Septiembre de 2018 en la Universidad Metropolitana para la Educación y el Trabajo (UMET) en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Hay importantes charlas, debates y talleres sobre Acceso Abierto, Educación Abierta y Datos Abiertos. Debajo pueden encontrar nuestro programa preliminar y reservar su lugar para asistir al evento aquí (RSVP).

Para conocer los detalles de la llamada a presentaciones y proponer una plática o desconferencia, haz clic abajo en 'Submit'. Dudas y comentarios pueden comunicarse al correo openconlatam@gmail.com.


La conferencia anual OpenCon global convoca a los estudiantes más prometedores y profesionales académicos en primeros años de carrera que impulsan el acceso abierto, datos abiertos, recursos educativos abiertos, y muchos otros aspectos de la cultura científica y de educación abierta. 

La representación latinoamericana en la comunidad OpenCon ha ido creciendo desde el año 2014. En OpenCon 2016, tuvimos el mayor número de participantes latinoamericanos hasta la fecha y por primera vez pudimos realizar una sesión totalmente en español y portugués. Tuvimos participantes de 10 países: Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Perú y Puerto Rico. El resultado de esa sesión fue la formación de un comité internacional de organización dedicado a promover una reunión satélite regional- OpenCon Latinoamérica (OpenCon LatAm). Se realizó por primera vez la OpenCon 2017 LatAm en la UNAM (México). Ahora, vamos por la 2da. edición de OpenCon LatAm 2018: “Abrimos puertas”en Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Nuestra meta con OpenCon LatAm es reunir a estudiantes, profesionales de la  carrera temprana, profesores, financiadores y más, que enfrentan estos desafíos todos los días y están listos para hacer una lluvia de ideas de soluciones y abogar por el cambio a nivel institucional, nacional e internacional. Nuestro objetivo es forjar nuevas conexiones entre organizaciones en cada uno de nuestros países para coordinar los esfuerzos mundiales de promoción. Además, esperamos que nuestro evento conduzca a colaboraciones transfronterizas que beneficiarán a los sectores de ciencia y tecnología de cada país y aumentarán la visibilidad de la investigación latinoamericana.


Si quiere presentar una propuesta para la la mesa Universidad Abierta, ingresa AQUÍ.
Si desde su institución o en lo personal quiere contribuir con la organización donando dinero, por favor, ingresar AQUÍ.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM West Central Africa
University of Ghana Legon in Accra, Ghana

OpenCon 2018 Accra

Open Access Week, is a global event an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The objective of the event is to create awareness about open access week and also build momentum around the topic of open access, data and open education which is not very rampant in a county like Ghana and also use the opportunity to connect with the community to engage in outreach & Collaboration tools for events, networks, campaigns, and research, development, and sharing of best practices on open access and open education.


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