Berlin 11 satellite conference encourages students and early stage researchers to influence shift towards Open Access | Impact of Social Sciences
"On November 18th in Berlin, the Right to Research Coalition and the Max Planck Society will co-host a conference on Open Access specifically for students and early stage researchers. A one-day satellite conference to the Berlin 11 Open Access meeting, the event will bring together leaders of the Open Access movement with students and early stage researchers for a discussion around the future of scholarly publishing and how the next generation of researchers can lead the way in the transition to a fully open system. You can apply to join the Berlin 11 Satellite Conference for Students & Early Stage Researchers here. The meeting will highlight the increasing extent to which the next generation of researchers is shaping the future of the scholarly communication system that they will inherit. The event will also serve as a cap to a year that has seen more successful student-led Open Access initiatives than ever. In Kenya, the Medical Students Association of Kenya helped lead the successful campaign for an institutional Open Access policy at the University of Nairobi. In the United States, American student organizations, including the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), made significant contributions to the enactment of the White House Executive Directive on Public Access. In the UK, students from Medsin UK were successful in getting the British Medical Association to pass a policy statement supporting Open Access. Across the world, students have given countless peer-to-peer presentations on Open Access to ensure future authors don’t replicate the current closed system of scholarly communication. In addition to promoting Open Access, students have also demonstrated that breakthroughs can often come from those at the beginning of their scientific careers. No story illustrates this more vividly than that of Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old inventor of a breakthrough diagnostic for pancreatic cancer that costs three cents and takes five minutes to run, making it 26,667 times less expensive, 168 times faster, and 400 times more sensitive than the current test. Jack used articles he could find freely available online 'religiously' — including many published by PLOS — and has since become an outspoken advocate for Open Access ..."