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OpenCon 2017 to be held in Berlin, Germany on November 11-13

OpenCon 2017 to be held in Berlin, Germany on November 11-13

Brian Cahill's picture

SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition and the Max Planck Society will host OpenCon 2017 will take place on November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany at the Max Planck Society’s Harnack House.

OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2017 is at the center of a growing community of thousands of students and early career academic professionals from across the world working to create an open system for research and education.

OpenCon brings together the most energetic, engaged students and early career academic professionals—regardless of their ability to cover travel costs. Because of this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only, and the majority of past participants have received travel scholarships.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany will open on June 27th. For more information about the conference and to sign up for updates, visit www.opencon2017.org/updates.

OpenCon 2017’s three-day program will begin with two days of keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops. OpenCon places an emphasis on highlighting diverse, early career voices, while complementing them with leading experts, such as Jimmy Wales (Co-founder of Wikipedia), Amy Rosenbaum (Director of Legislative Affairs to US President Barack Obama), and Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament). The third day will feature an all-day “do-a-thon,” where participants have the opportunity to craft new campaigns, lay the foundations for new resources, and form collaborations that will continue long after the November conference is over.

The OpenCon conference and community are only possible with the support of leading organizations with a strong commitment to support student and early career academic professional involvement across Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. We deeply appreciate the support of our past sponsors, including the Max Planck Society, PLOS, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, eLife, BioMed Central, SpringerOpen, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Wikimedia Foundation, Overleaf, Microsoft Research, Figshare, Creative Commons USA, and the more than 30 universities and organizations that have sponsored individual scholarships.

Saturday, 11 November, 2017 to Monday, 13 November, 2017, 09:00 - 17:00
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ENABLE conference Barcelona 15th-17th November 2017

ENABLE conference Barcelona 15th-17th November 2017

Sara Ricardo's picture

Dear all 

Please find below information on an ENABLE conference that will take place in Barcelona on November 15th-17th.

MCAA will be collaborating being present in the career fair on the 15th.





Wednesday, 15 November, 2017 to Friday, 17 November, 2017, 07:45 - 07:45
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ENABLE symposium on researcher careers in biomedicine will take place in Barcelona from 15–17 November 2017

ENABLE symposium on researcher careers in biomedicine will take place in Barcelona from 15–17 November 2017

Brian Cahill's picture
The 1st European PhD and Postdoc symposium “Breaking Down Complexity: Innovative Models and Techniques in Biomedicine” will be held in Barcelona from the 15th to the 17th of November 2017. ENABLE is the first European symposium organised by and for PhD students and Postdocs. This initiative seeks to promote excellence in the biomedical sciences in Europe by supporting young researchers, strengthening scientific careers, and bringing biomedicine closer to society. To achieve this, ENABLE is organised around three main pillars:  
·         Scientific symposium: Two full days on which young scientists from all over Europe will learn about various biomedical fields and cutting-edge techniques through talks, masterclasses, and informal chats with renowned scientists.
·         Career day: A full day on which participants will be able to attend workshops, chat with professionals, and learn about career options at the “opportunity fair”, in which companies ranging from the publishing world to the biotechnological and pharmaceutical sectors will be present.
·         Outreach activities: A series of sessions in which participants can explain biomedicine to the general public and thus bring science closer to society.
The ENABLE conference is about opening academia from within to promote a new research culture through a real exchange between young scientists, renowned researchers, industry professionals, and citizens. Moreover, unlike other conferences, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows are in charge of the event as a way to empower them regarding their future career choices.
Cofunded by the European Commission, ENABLE is led by four research institutes (IRB BarcelonaRIMLSNNF CPRSEMM) and a science communication agency (Scienseed).
Registration is now open. Early bird discounts are available until 15 August. More than 50 travel grants are available for eligible participants who actively participate via poster presentation, short talk or micro talk. The deadline to apply for travel grants is 15 July.
For more information, you can watch the ENABLE presentation video, visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Let’s spread the word to ENABLE the change!  


Wednesday, 15 November, 2017 to Friday, 17 November, 2017, 08:30 - 19:00
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Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

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Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework Morning

Date: Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Venue: Central London.

Web-site: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conference/REF-2021

Agenda: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/agenda/REF-2021-agenda.pdf

Registration: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/REF-2021

This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework, following the publication of outcomes from HEFCE’s consultation on REF 2021.

There will be a keynote contribution on key outcomes of the consultation from Kim Hackett, REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE.

Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review, which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution.

Key areas for discussion will include options for reforming expert panel structures to reflect diversity and strategies for reducing ‘gaming’ in the system. Further sessions will focus on the REF’s encouragement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and proposed changes to ‘research environment’ criteria, such as institution-level assessment.

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 - 08:30 - 13:00
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United Kingdom
14/11/2017 - 08:30 - 13:00
BCF Career Event Belgium 2017

BCF Career Event Belgium 2017

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Are you considering the next steps in your career?

Are you an employer and wish to show job seekers what you have to offer?

Join BCF Career Event on 16th November, 2017 in Ghent ICC. With more than 1200 visitors and over 60 participating organisations, it is the largest career fair in these categories in Belgium. BCF Career Event is highly valued by employers to generate exposure for their organisation and vacancies amongst educated talent. It gives (PhD)-students, postdocs and (young) professionals the opportunity to meet relevant employers, listen to inspiring presentations, get their CV checked and have personal career advice. 

Venue:  Ghent ICC, Ground floor, Van Rysselberghedreef 2 bus 1, 9000 Ghent

Date: 16th November 2017 - 09h45 to 16h30

Web-site: http://www.bcfcareerevent.nl

E-mail:  info@bcfcareerevent.be

Registrations: http://www.bcfcareerevent.nl/index.php/page/eventsfo/command/detail/evid/next/bb/1/cms_categorie/99907/cat/all

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 - 09:45 - 16:30
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16/11/2017 - 09:45 - 16:30