[okfn-za] Apply to attend OpenCon 2015 in Brussels!

Megan Beckett megan at siyavula.com
Tue Jun 2 12:37:02 UTC 2015

*Applications to Attend OpenCon 2015 Now Open*

Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium
are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at
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.

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.

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 and 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 in your area, 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.
Become an active part of the 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> in your community.

Apply now <http://opencon2015.org/attend>, and join the OpenCon community

*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.

*Megan Beckett*

*Instructional Designer*
Siyavula Education (Pty) Ltd.

Twitter: MeganBeckett2 <https://twitter.com/MeganBeckett2>
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