OASPA 2024 Conference Programme

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OASPA 2024 Conference Programme

16 – 18 September 2024 in Lisbon

Altis Grand Hotel, R. Castilho 11, 1269-072 Lisboa, Portugal



As well as the following conference sessions, the conference will offer an opportunity for members to come together with OASPA to share ideas, knowledge and ask questions. Your registration also includes refreshments, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and two evening networking receptions, including one at the beautiful Estufa Fria.




Monday September 16


12.15 – 1.15 pm  Registration


1.20 – 1.40 pm  Conference Opening and Welcome

  • Bernie Folan, OASPA
  • Professor Delfin Leão, University of Coimbra


1.45 – 3 pm   Opening Discussion: Who cares about equity? How different stakeholders of the open access scholarly publishing landscape approach equity

  • Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe
  • Joy Owango, Training Centre in Communication, University of Nairobi  
  • Silke Davison, OA Books Network (OABN)
  • Durhane Wong-Rieger, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders
  • Moderator: Agata Morka, PLOS


3.05 – 3.45 pm  Poster Lightning Talks

  • OA Book Usage Data for Policy Development – Ursula Rabar, OA Book Usage Data Trust | OPERAS
  • Pride, Prejudice, Zombies, and Research Integrity: Embracing Proactive Solutions in the Scholarly Publishing Landscape – Anna Jester, eJournalPress, Wiley Partner Solutions
  • Open data as critical underpinning of research integrity – Maria Guerreiro, Dryad
  • Mathematics and Open Access: Global Perspectives – Laura Simonite, European Mathematical Society
  • In a multi-platform, multi-version world, how can we ensure the researcher is accessing trusted open content Dianne Benham, GetFTR LLC
  • Can scaling small scale? Lessons learned from building community-led infrastructures for open access book publishing – Joe Deville, Lancaster University / Open Book Collective / Mattering Press


3.45 – 4.15 pm  Coffee Break


4.20 – 5.35 pm  Panel: Show me the money: decoupling OA from per-publication journal charges

  • Christina Lembrecht, De Gruyter-Brill
  • Sharla Lair, LYRASIS
  • Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town
  • Final speaker TBA
  • Moderator:  Heather Staines, DeltaThink


5.40 – 6.25 pm  Keynote: Supporting multiple routes to open access

  • Maurice York, Big Ten Academic Alliance


6.30 – 8 pm  Reception | Mezzanine, Altis Grand Hotel



Tuesday September 17


8.30-9 am  Welcome Coffee


9 – 10 am  Panel: Openness and robust scholarship in the age of generative AI

  • Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent consultant
  • Elena Vicario, Frontiers
  • Oleksandr Berezko, European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (EURODOC)
  • Moderator: Kim Eggleton, IOP Publishing


10.05 – 10.40 am  Poster Lightning Talks

  • The Path to Open Community Advisory Committee: A Case Study in Cross-Sector CollaborationSarah McKee, American Council of Learned Societies
  • Towards a Collaborative Approach to Peer Review: Exploring Alternative Models for Transparent and Inclusive Scholarly Evaluation – Lorela Mehmeti, Knowledge Futures
  • Diversification and Decentralization of Peer Review – Tony Alves, HighWire
  • Building Tools to Restore Trust in Science – Elliot Lumb, Signals
  • Centre Mersenne : diamond open access scientific publishing infrastructure – Celia Vaudaine, CNRS
  • Bringing Researchers Aboard: Navigating the Journey to Open Data Together Faye Holst, IOP Publishing


10.40 – 11.10 am  Coffee Break


11.15 am – 12.30pm  Panel: Open Access and Precarity in the Academic Landscape: Learning from the Experiences of Authors and Scholar-led Publishers

  • Judith Fathallah, Coventry University / Lancaster University / Open Book Collective
  • Joe Deville, Lancaster University / Open Book Collective / Mattering Press
  • Nonhlanhla (Noni) Dube, Lancaster University/SWAN, the Southern Women Academics Network
  • Moderator: Caroline Edwards, Open Library of the Humanities / Birkbeck University


12.30 – 1 pm  OASPA Members and Supporters Meeting


1 – 2.10 pm  Lunch


2.15 – 3.15 pm  Panel: Technical Standards and Best Practices for Diamond Open Access Publishing

  • Clara Armengou, DOAJ
  • Maxim Kupreyev, OPERAS
  • Xenia van Edig, TIB
  • Moderator: Joanna Ball, DOAJ


3.20 – 3.55 pm  Keynote: Open Access as a Tool for Collective Climate Action 

  • Rebecca Ross, Creative Commons


4 – 4.30 pm Coffee Break


4.35 – 5.50 pm Panel: Assessing Real-World ROI: Tracing the Value of Open Access Publishing

  • Tasha Mellins-Cohen, COUNTER
  • Blessing Mawire, Research4Life and CLIR
  • Rhodri Jackson, Oxford University Press
  • Manisha Bolina, BMJ Impact Analytics
  • Moderator: Hannah Heckner-Swain, Silverchair


6.30 pm  Reception |  Estufa Fria



Wednesday September 19


8.30 – 9 am  Welcome Coffee


9.05 – 9.45 am  Keynote: Open Access: let’s walk the talk 

  • Devika Madalli, INFLIBNET and OA India Forum


9.50 – 11.05 am  Panel: Building Equity in Open Access: Tools, Frameworks, Practices & People

  • Lorraine Estelle, Information Power
  • Robert Kiley, cOAlition S
  • Malavika Legge, OASPA
  • Omo Oaiya, WACREN
  • Moderator: Godwyns Onwuchekwa, eLife


11.10 – 11.40  Coffee Break


11.45 am – 1 pm Panel: All impact, no factor? How to assess the benefits of OA books and infrastructure

  • Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Thoth & punctum books
  • Kelsey Mrjoian, Michigan Publishing & University of Michigan Press
  • Niels Stern, OAPEN/DOAB & PALOMERA project
  • Christina Drummond, Open Access eBook Usage Data Trust
  • Moderator: Sofie Wennström, Stockholm University Press 


1.05 – 2.15 pm  Lunch


2.20 – 3.35 pm  Panel: Addressing Integrity and Building Trust in Open Scholarly Publishing

  • John Willinsky, Stanford University
  • Joris van Rossum, STM Solutions  
  • Jonny Coates, ASAPbio
  • Marzia Briel, University of Reading
  • Moderator: Alex Mendonca, SciElo 


3.40 – 4 pm  Closing Remarks 

  • Claire Redhead, OASPA


General information about the conference can be found at our conference page.

Any enquiries regarding the conference should be directed to conference@oaspa.org

Hotel Bookings 

The Altis Grand Hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for delegates. You can use this preferential rate to book.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

We welcome expressions of interest in sponsorship. Sponsorship is crucial for us to be able to hold the event. Email bernie.folan@oaspa.org for information. Opportunities can be found here.

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