Friday, 31 August 2007

Berlin 5 Conference

Submitted by Subbiah Arunachalam

The series of follow-up meetings to the Berlin Declaration on open access ( reaches Berlin-5 at Padua, Italy, on September 19-21st. The theme of the meeting is 'From Practice to Impact: Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination'. At this meeting I was invited to organise a session titled, 'Open access in developing countries'. I will chair the session and the panellists include Barbara Kirsop (EPT, UK), D K Sahu (MedKnow, Mumbai), Stephen Katz (FAO, Rome). Summaries of the presentations and ppt files will be available from
This session will give us the opportunity to present the great benefits that open access to research findings offers developing country science.
In addition, I am also requested to speak on open access developments in India.
There will be another major event later this year: GK3 (the Third Global knowledge Conference organised by GKP at Kuala Lumpur, 11-13 December 2007) where Leslie Chan and I are organizing a panel discussion on "Open for Business: The Emerging Collaboration Economy" and I am organizing another session on "Accelerating inclusion through knowledge sharing". Speakers in these panels include Marjorie Whalen of IDRC, Mr Hindawi, Dr V Balji of ICRISAT, Dr Peter Ballantyne of IAALD and possibly Arthur Sale from Tasmania, Australia.

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