1st International Scientific Conference on Open Science
6-8 September 2017
Athens, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
The 1st International Scientific Conference on Open Science entitled “Open Science Fair 2017” is going to be held on 6-8 September 2017 in Athens, at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. OSFair2017 addresses the Open Science movement and offers a unique platform for researchers, policy makers, funders, and experts from research institutes, libraries and research start-ups to discuss, share ideas and showcase their practical experiences.
Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process, based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools. However, the transition to this new model includes various challenges and issues to be tackled. In this light, the OSFair2017 seeks to underline what is considered essential for the transition to Open Science: e-Infrastructures and services, policy-based good practices, new types of activities (dissemination of results, extraction, evaluation, etc.), roles of the major players and networks involved. The ultimate goal is to highlight all different approaches and create a roadmap for the implementation of key aspects of Open Science.
The conference will be kicked off with a welcoming word of the Minister of Education, Kostas Gavroglou, and of a senior member of the European Commission. Key scientists, policy makers and research stakeholders from around the world, as well as representatives from Greek Public Administration, will attend the conference. The program includes, among others, the keynote speeches of Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA, and John Ioannidis from Stanford University, USA.
OSF2017 plenaries will unfold topics related to the impact of Οpen Science in research and society, while presenting key initiatives in the area. The list of presenters and speakers includes the names of Celina Turchi, leading scientist on the Zika research, and selected as one of the 100 Most Influential people by Time Magazine, Jon Tennant, Communications Director for ScienceOpen, and Ahmed Oluwagbemi Ogunlaja, founder of the advocacy organization Open Access Nigeria. The conference will be opened with the speeches of the President of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center and Professor at the University of Athens, Yannis Ioannidis, and the General Director of the National Library of Greece, Philippos Tsimpoglou.
This first conference is organized jointly by four EU funded consortia in the area of Open Science: OpenAIRE, OpenUP, FOSTER and OpenMinTeD, who share the vision of a science that is free of accessibility and information barriers and is an enabler of social innovation. It is partly supported by the EOSC pilot project, which aims to build a seamless open research environment for Europe.