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Program and presentations

Pre Conference Workshop - 24 October 2011

14.30-15.00 Registration and refreshments
15.00-17.00 English language editing for African scientists

Kerry Greer, President, Edanz Group

English language editing company, Edanz, will provide an introduction to their training program and online materials designed to address publishing challenges faced by non-native English speakers.

Day One - 25 October 2011

09.00-10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00-10.10 A welcome from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

William O. Ellis, Vice Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Ghana

10.10-10.50 Opening remarks: Open access and the developing world

Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director, BioMed Central, UK

10.50-11.30 The Pan African Medical Journal: Inside an open access African journal

Raoul Kamadjeu, Managing Editor, Pan African Medical Journal, Uganda

11.30-12.00 Break for refreshments
12.00-12.40 A researcher's experience of the benefits of open access

Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Vice Dean, School of Medical Sciences, KNUST, Ghana

12.40-13.20 Importance of open access to case reports

Joseph Ana, Mentor of BMJ West Africa edition, Nigeria

13.20-14.30 Lunch break
14.30-15.10 Beyond Open Access: Opportunities for Scholarly Communication Innovations in Africa

Leslie Chan, Director of Bioline International, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

15.10-15.30 Open access: Meeting the cardiovascular disease information needs of health professionals

Collins Kokuro, Associate Director, Ashanti-ProCor Project and Specialist Physician, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana

15.30-16.00 Break for refreshments

Discussion Panel: Developments in open access publishing

17.00-18.00 Drinks reception

Day Two - 26 October 2011

09.00-9.30 Refreshments
9.30-10.00 Open access publishing as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Irene Onyancha, Chief Library and Information Management Services ICT, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

10.00-10.30 Opening access to DFID research

Matthew Harvey, Evidence Broker, Department for International Development (DFID), UK

10.30-11.00 Lasting health change: Access to health research for Africa’s health workers

John Nduba, Director Reproductive and child health, AMREF Headquarters, Kenya


Discussion Panel: Open access policies and funding

11.30-12.00 Break for refreshments
12.00-12.40 DSpace@ScienceUofK: Building the 1st Sudanese IR at University of Khartoum

Pablo de Castro, Director of Operations, GrandIR, C.B., Canada

12.40-13.20 Case studies of open access initiatives for access to information in developing countries

Helena Asamoah-Hassan, University Librarian, KNUST, Ghana

13.20-14.30 Lunch break
14.30-15.10 Open access developments in Africa: A Google perspective

Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Country Manager, Google Ghana

15.10-15.50 mHealth and its role in making research results available

Selorm Branttie, Strategy Director, mPedigree, Ghana

15.50-16.30 ICT for development options for researchers: A view of Computer Aid International

Gladys Muhunyo, Director of Africa programmes, Computer Aid, Kenya

16.30-17.00 Break for refreshments

Discussion Panel: Access and technology


General Q & A

18.00-18.15 Closing remarks

Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director, BioMed Central, UK


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