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[BOAI] Applications to Attend OpenCon 2015 Now Open

From: Nick Shockey <nick AT>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 22:23:39 -0400

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 
<> 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 
<>, tuning in for our monthly 
community calls <> and webcasts 
<>, or hosting an OpenCon 
satellite event <> 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, 

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 <mailto:nick AT> |  AT r2rc 
+1 202 296 2296
Skype: nick.shockey <> <>

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