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Speakers at B11 Satellite Conference

The Berlin 11 Satellite Conference will contain a mix of keynote speakers, panel presentations, and participant-led project workshops. Participants will hear from leading researchers, administrators, research funders, publishers, advocates, and more. There will also be four participant-led project workshops that will allow attendees to get directly involved in or clone successful projects led by students and early stage researchers.

The speakers and projects listed below have been confirmed with many more to follow!

Speakers and Panelists

Jack Andraka: Jack is a 16-year-old high school student, medical research rockstar, and a perfect example of the power of Open Access. Last year, Jack discovered a breakthrough pancreatic cancer diagnostic using carbon nanotubes. Jack’s test costs $0.03 and takes 5 minutes to run — making it 26,667 times cheaper, 168 times faster, and 400 times more sensitive than the current test commonly used for pancreatic cancer. Jack went on to win the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  Watch Jack discuss the importance of Open Access in making his discovery with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health.

Carl-Christian Buhr: Carl-Christian, an economist and computer scientist by training, is a member of the cabinet of Digital Agenda Commissioner and EU Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. Among others, he covers the following policy areas: ICT research policy, including access to scientific information policies, and ICT standardisation, interoperability, e-Infrastructures and the European Cloud Computing Strategy. He previously dealt with antitrust and merger control investigations (e.g. the Microsoft antitrust case and the Oracle/Sun Microsystems merger) in the Commission and worked as an Information Systems Auditor in the European Court of Auditors.

Heather Joseph: Heather has served as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) since 2005 and is a globally recognized authority on Open Access. She has played a central role in key victories for the Open Access movement, from the 2008 National Institutes of Health Public Access to Policy to the 2013 White House Executive Memorandum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research. Heather serves on the Board of Directors of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

Iryna Kuchma: Iryna is the EIFL Open Access programme manager. Her responsibilities include advocacy of open access to research results and support in developing open access policies, training and support in setting up open access journals and open repositories, organizing workshops and other knowledge sharing and capacity building events. Iryna is a member of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Advisory Board, DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT),  IFLA's Open Access Taskforce, NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) Board of Directors, the Open Library of Humanities Internationalisation Committee, and PLOS International Advisory Group. She chairs a Working Group “Repository and Repository Networks Support & Training” in the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and a Joint ARL/CARL/COAR/LIBER Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.

Cameron Neylon: Cameron is Advocacy Director for the Public Library of Science, a research biophysicist and well known agitator for opening up the process of research. He speaks regularly on issues of Open Science including Open Access publication, Open Data, and Open Source as well as the wider technical and social issues of applying the opportunities the internet brings to the practice of science. He was named as a SPARC Innovator in July 2010 for work on the Panton Principles and is a proud recipient of the Blue Obelisk for contributions to open data. He writes regularly at his blog, Science in the Open.

Ulrich Pöschl:  Ulrich is director of the Multiphase Chemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. His scientific research and teaching are focused on the effects of multiphase processes in the Earth system, climate & public health ( He initiated interactive open access publishing with public peer review and interactive discussion (multi-stage open peer review) through the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP, and the European Geosciences Union (EGU, 

Bernard Rentier: Bernard Rentier graduated as a Biologist from Liege University (ULg) in 1970 and obtained a doctorate degree in Experimental Biomedical Sciences also at ULg in 1976, working on the structure of the Influenza virus envelope. He took then a 5 years post-doctoral position at the NIH, Bethesda MD, where he worked on the latency of measles virus in nerve cells. In 1981, he returned to ULg where he worked on the latency of varicella-zoster virus. He became successively Professor, Vice-rector and Rector. Since 1997, as Vice-rector in charge of Research and Libraries, he undertook a vast reform, concentrating 28 libraries into 4 and modernizing considerably the equipment and management. Since 2005, as Rector, he decided to create an institutional repository (ORBi) with an immediate deposit/open access mandate launched in november 2009 that achieved one of the fastest growth rates worldwide. He has been a strong advocate of OA for many years and has created EOS (EnablingOpenScholarship), an organization supporting the implementation of OA in universities and research institutions worldwide.

Alek Tarkowski: Alek is the director of Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska and co-founder and Public Lead of Creative Commons Poland. He was also a member of the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister of Poland, and in this role, he helped to draft the Open Public Resources Act which would have require much of Poland's publicly funded resources — including research articles, educational materials, and cultural works — to be made freely available.

Mike Taylor: Mike is a mathematician by training, a library software engineer by profession and a vertebrate palaeontologist by avocation -- so he combines a unique set of perspectives on academic publishing. In his day-job he designs and builds discovery systems for libraries, managing credentials and proxies to access subscription journals. In his spare time he researches the palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs, struggling to access the subscription literature that he needs for this work. An open access advocate, Mike has written for the Guardian, Independent and Times Higher Education. He is an Associate Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.

Invited Project Workshops

The Open Access Button (David Carroll & Joseph McArthur, Medsin UK): The Open Access Button is a prototype, browser-based tool which tracks how often readers are denied access to academic research, where in the world they were or their profession and why they were looking for that research. The tool aggregates this information into one place, creating a real time, worldwide, interactive picture of the problem. Furthermore, the Button will help people gain access to the paper they’d been denied access to in the first place. The Button was featured as the British Medical Journal's Picture of the Week in July, 2013Learn more at the Open Access Button's blog.

Institution & National Open Access Advocacy Workshop (Meredith Niles, NAGPS): Meredith Niles is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the US-based National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. Meredith has led NAGPS' efforts over the past year to pass Open Access policies at the institutional, state, and national levels.  She has organized hundreds of meetings between graduate students and policymakers on Capitol Hill, testified before the California State Senate in support of Open Access, and spearheaded student support for the University of California system's new Open Access policy.

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