Access to research is a student right



OpenCon 2014 to Take Place November 15-17 in Washington, DC

“Open Access to educational materials and the results of research is critically important to medical students’ ability to get a research-based education and to put that education into practice after graduation,” said Joško Miše, President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. “Around the world, our members have led efforts on these topics, from changing policy at the institutional and national levels to country-wide awareness raising efforts.”


The interest, energy, and passion from the student and researcher participants and the Open Access movement leaders who attended Berlin 11 Satellite Conference for Students and Early Stage Researchers in 2013 made a clear case for expanding the event in size and duration, and to broaden the scope to related areas of the Openness movement.

11 organizations representing the next generation of scholars and researchers, together with Right to Research Coalition,SPARC(The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) decided to organize OpenCon 2014: the Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. The event will bring together students and early career researchers 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.

“From Nigeria to Norway, the next generation is beginning to take ownership of the system of scholarly communication which they will inherit,” said Nick Shockey, founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition. “OpenCon 2014 will support and accelerate this rapidly growing movement of students and early career researchers advocating for openness in research literature, education, and data.”

We hope to partner with organizations and institutions that understand the benefits of empowering the next generation to change the way research outputs are shared and seek to play a leadership role in facilitating positive change. Sponsorship opportunities details are listed in the website

Applications for OpenCon 2014 will open in August. For more information about the conference and to sign up for updates, visit You can also follow OpenCon 2014 on Twitter at@Open_Con.

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