OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open!

This year the OpenCon 2015 will take place on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium.

If you would like to present your projects and activities related to Open Access, Open Education and Open Data  at local, national and international level do not miss this unique opportunity!

OpenCon 2015 will be held on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium, and it is organized by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, IFMSA collaborating organizations for many years. 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’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. IFMSA was present last year and gave its active contribution on the opena ccess discussions. For more info, please consult the following link:

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.  Indeed it is possible to receive a scholarship even for travel expenses! In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support.  Due to this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only.

Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply!

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.  Become an active part of the community by joining our discussion list, tuning in for the monthly community calls and webcasts, or hosting an OpenCon satellite event .

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.

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