R2RC European Open Access Week Webcast

October 24, 2012
6:00 PM UTCto7:00 PM UTC

As the Times Higher Education reported earlier this year <http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=419949> , “the European Union is set to throw the weight of its €80 billion research funding programme behind open-access publishing.”  This research funding programme, Horizon 2020, is currently being considered by the European Commission, but the inclusion of a strong Open Access policy is far from certain.  As a stakeholder community, students have an important role to play in ensuring the results of this publicly funded research are made openly available to all.

On Wednesday, October 24th at 18:00 CET, the Right to Research Coalition will host its European Open Access Week Webcast featuring Jean-François Dechamp and Alma Swan, two leading experts on European Open Access policy.  Our speakers will address the current Open Access policy landscape within Europe, explain the deliberations within the European Commission to make all €80 billion of research funded in the Horizon 2020 framework openly available, and describe how students can advocate most effectively for strong Open Access policies.

About the speakers:

Jean-François Dechamp is a Policy Officer on Open Access within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.  He started his career in the Council of Europe, joined a pharmaceutical company in Italy, and then came to Brussels to work for several pharmaceutical associations in the field of European public affairs.  In 2002, he joined the campaign for access to essential medicines of an international humanitarian non-governmental organisation, and later became the director of a patients’ group in HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Dechamp obtained his State Diploma of Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Strasbourg (France) in 1991.

Alma Swan is SPARC Europe <http://sparceurope.org/> ’s Director of European Advocacy Programmes and a director of Key Perspectives Ltd, a market research and consulting firm specializing in scholarly communication.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and a Chartered Biologist, is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.  Dr. Swan holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.

(http://www.righttoresearch.org/blog/european-commission-open-access-policy-officer-to-.shtml)

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