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Open Access Africa 2010

Open Access Africa logo - an event from BioMed Central

Hosted by BioMed Central, in partnership with Computer Aid International

Date:10 - 11 November 2010

Location:Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya


Aim of conference

Open access to the results of scientific and medical research has potential to play an important role in international development, and this conference will discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context, from the perspective of both readers seeking access to information, and researchers seeking to globally communicate the results of their work.

The conference will bring together researchers, librarians, university administrators and funders to discuss the issues surrounding access to scientific and medical research, and the role that open access journals can play.


A copy of the program is also available for you to download

Day 1

10:00-10:40 Opening remarks: Open access and the developing world
Matt Cockerill, Managing Director, BioMed Central
10:40-11:10 A welcome from Kenyatta university: open access and beyond
Prof. Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University
11:10-11:50 Experiences of publishing: local vs. international journals
Prof. Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
11:50-12:30 Open access publishing and open access data sharing for malaria research and control
Prof. Bob Snow, Malaria Public Health & Epidemiology Group, KEMRI-University of Oxford-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme
12:30-13:45 LUNCH
13:45-14:15 Open access and institutional repositories in research and academic institutions
Rosemary Otando, University of Nairobi
14:15-14:45 Access to information has no boundaries: Stellenbosch University engaging Open Access to information
Ina Smith, E-Research Repository Manager, University of Stellenbosch
14:45-15:15 How open access to research can strategically benefit African universities
Eve Gray, Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Educational Technology, Associate, Intellectual Property Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town
Michelle Willmers, Programme Manager, Scholarly Communications in Africa Programme
15:15-15:45 COFFEE BREAK
15:45-16:15 The international open access landscape
Carrie Calder, Head of Marketing, BioMed Central
16:15-17:00 Panel discussion: Institutional experiences of open access
Rosemary Otando, Ina Smith, Eve Gray, Carrie Calder
17:00 onwards RECEPTION

Day 2

09:30-10:10 Expanding access to information technology in Africa
Gladys Muhunyo, Director of Africa Programme, Computer Aid International
10:10-10:50 Open access to clinical trials through prospective clinical trials registries
Babalwa Zani, Pan African Clinical Trials Registry
10:50-11:15 COFFEE BREAK
11:15-11:55 How Research4Life are helping developing countries to access scientific information
Mohamed Atani, UNEP
11:55-12:35 UNESCO's open access strategy
Hezekiel Dlamini, Adviser, Communication and Information in East Africa, UNESCO
12:35-13:45 LUNCH
13:45-14:15 Case study of an open access journal
Prof. Judith Kimiywe, Head of Food Nutrition and Dietetics, Kenyatta University and AJFAND journal
14:15-14:45 Why, how and by whom? A pro-active approach to open access in Africa
Susan Murray, Director, African Journals Online
14:45-15:15 How open access can re-energise African research and scholarly publishing
Daisy W. Ouya, Trustee, Electronic Publishing Trust For Development
15:15-15:45 COFFEE BREAK
15:45-16:15 Publishing in BioMed Central's journals
Ruth King, Journal Publisher, BioMed Central
16:15-16:45 Panel discussion: Publisher experiences and feedback
Judith Kimiywe, Susan Murray, Daisy W. Ouya, Ruth King
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks
Matt Cockerill, Managing Director, BioMed Central


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