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[BOAI] Applications to Attend OpenCon 2015 Now Open
From: Nick Shockey <nick AT arl.org>
Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are ↵ now open! OpenCon seeks to bring together the most capable, motivated students ↵ and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open ↵ Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to cover ↵ travel costs. In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support. Due to ↵ this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only. The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend ↵ <http://opencon2015.org/attend> and includes the opportunity to apply for ↵ a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. ↵ Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT. Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are ↵ encouraged to apply. We want to support those who have ideas for new projects ↵ or are interested in getting involved in current initiatives, in addition to ↵ those who are already leading them. The most important thing is an interest in ↵ advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking ↵ action. We also hope to use applications to connect applicants with ↵ opportunities for collaboration, local events, and scholarship opportunities to ↵ attend other relevant conferences. OpenCon is equal parts conference and community. The meeting in Brussels ↵ serves as the centerpiece of a much larger network to foster initiatives and ↵ collaboration among the next generation across OpenCon’s issue areas. We ↵ encourage students and early career academic professionals to become an active ↵ part of the OpenCon community by joining our discussion list ↵ <http://opencon2015.org/community/discussion>, tuning in for our monthly ↵ community calls <http://opencon2015.org/community/calls> and webcasts ↵ <http://opencon2015.org/community/webcasts>, or hosting an OpenCon ↵ satellite event <http://opencon2015.org/satellite> locally. About OpenCon: Hosted by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2015 will bring ↵ together students and early career academic professionals from across the world ↵ to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to ↵ catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information ↵ — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to ↵ digital data. OpenCon 2015 will be held on November 14-16 in Brussels, ↵ Belgium. OpenCon 2015’s three day program will begin with two days of conference-style ↵ keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops, drawing both on the expertise of ↵ leaders in the Open Access, Open Education and Open Data movements and the ↵ experience of participants who have already led successful projects. The third day will take advantage of the location in Brussels by providing a ↵ half-day of advocacy training followed by the opportunity for in-person ↵ meetings with relevant policy makers, ranging from the European Parliament, ↵ European Commission, embassies, and key NGOs. Participants will leave with a ↵ deeper understanding of the conference’s three issue areas, stronger skills ↵ in organizing local and national projects, and connections with policymakers ↵ and prominent leaders across the three issue areas. OpenCon 2015 builds on the success of the first-ever OpenCon meeting last year ↵ which convened 115 students and early career academic professionals from 39 ↵ countries in Washington, DC. Speakers at OpenCon 2014 included the Deputy Assistant to the President of the ↵ United States for Legislative Affairs, the Chief Commons Officer of Sage ↵ Bionetworks, the Associate Director for Data Science for the U.S. National ↵ Institutes of Health, and more than 15 students and early career academic ↵ professionals leading successful initiatives. OpenCon 2015 will again feature ↵ leading experts, and the program will be announced in the coming months. Nick Shockey Director of Programs and Engagement, SPARC Director, Right to Research Coalition nick AT arl.org <mailto:nick AT arl.org> | AT r2rc ↵ <https://twitter.com/r2rc> +1 202 296 2296 Skype: nick.shockey http://www.sparc.arl.org <http://www.sparc.arl.org/> http://www.righttoresearch.org <http://www.righttoresearch.org/>
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