Participation in Research: Open Access crucial for scientists in the global south

October 25, 2012
1:00 PM UTC

On October 25, 2012 during the Open Access week, the symposium Participation in Research: Open Access crucial for scientists in the global south will take place in the National Library in The Hague.


Open Access has gained a lot of attention in the media recently. Unfortunately,the importance of Open Access publishing for the global south remains largely neglected. This symposium raises awareness of the importance of this cause.

Especially in the developing economies in Asia, Latin America and Africa, science becomes increasingly important. Giving researchers there the opportunity to get acquainted with the scientific output in the West, gives them the opportunity to partake in ‘worldwide’ science. And as long as the output remains behind walls of paid content, no possibility for a dialogue will exist.

Symposium challenges all participants

Speakers, the panel and participants are challenged to answer elementary questions, such as “How does science in the Northern and Western hemisphere benefit from an increase in research participation in the South?”. In other words: does the investment in making scholarly publications available in Open Access bring a return to the Western economies or Western science?

Be sure to register!

The symposium can be attended by 150 guests. Invitees will have the first choice to attend, but if any seats are left open these will become available to anyone who is interested on a first come first serve basis. So be sure to register on time!

The official programme starts at 13.00 and ends at 16.00, but there will be ample opportunity to continue informal conversation after the end of the official programme. Moreover there will be a forum discussion as part of the programme.

With its special attention on the idealistic aspects of Open Access, this symposium preludes on the Berlin 10 conference which will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary this year and will be organized for the first time in Africa (Stellenbosch).

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