Right to Research Coalition


Supporting Breakthroughs: our Student Action Guide & 2 flagship student webcasts for Open Access Week 2011


Next month during Open Access Week (October 24-30), students are poised to make breakthroughs on campuses across the world – starting conversations, educating peers, lobbying administrations, and making real change.  Students are the driving force pushing Open Access forward, but to help we’re rolling out a couple of important new resources: an Open Access Week student action guide and two flagship student webcasts during the week.  

The action guide will serve as a launching point for planning the week, with tons of examples for how to get involved.  From ambitious projects to something as simple as writing an article or raising awareness of Open Access through Facebook and Twitter, the guide has all kinds of ideas, and there’s something for everyone.  Whatever it is, pick a way to participate in Open Access Week and join the other students around the world engaging thousands (tens of thousands? millions?) on their campuses and in their organizations!

Read the Open Access Week student action guide now

Our two flagship student webcasts will feature leading figures from the Open Access movement talking directly to students about the impact of Open Access to research and the crucial role of students in making Open Access a reality on their campuses, in their fields of study, and as the new default mode of communication.  It will also be a two-way conversation – each webcast will have a live Q&A session for students to ask questions, delve deeper into topics, and get advice.

Learn more about the webcasts and register here

SAVE THE DATES: The first webcast will be broadcast on Monday, October 24th at 8:00pm EDT (12:00am GMT). The second will be broadcast on Wednesday, October 26th at 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm GMT). No matter where you are in the world, plan to tune in for at least one of the webcasts!

[NOTE: The time of the second webcast has been corrected and was previously listed without a date]

Our featured webcast speakers will include:

John Wilbanks is the Vice President for Science at Creative Commons and was the first Assistant Director at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.  Previously, he founded and led to acquisition Incellico, a bioinformatics company that built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical research & development.  He is a frequent speaker on the topics of open access, open data, open innovation systems, and their impact on science. He was named by Seed Magazine among their Revolutionary Minds of 2008 as a “Game Changer” and serves on the Board of Directors for DuraSpace and AcaWiki.


Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of over 800 libraries working to enable a more open system of scholarly communication. As SPARC’s Director, she has focused on supporting the development of new publishing strategies and business models, and advocating for national and international policies that encourage the adoption of Open Access as a central principle of research and scholarship. Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She is an active participant on the Board of Directors of numerous not-for-profit organizations, and is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications in general, and on Open Access in particular.

Goldis Chami is a medical student at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Right to Research Coalition Steering Committee. She has led the charge for her institution to adopt an open-access policy and serves on its Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.  She is also actively working to get more Canadian students involved in promoting Open Access and to support local advocacy efforts through her work on a forthcoming on-campus advocacy guide.  She writes regularly for the Globe and Mail about medical training and healthcare.


Stay tuned for more additions, and we’ll post the final webcast programs and details on how to register for each shortly.  To make sure you’re updated on our Open Access Week announcements as they happen, fill in the form below with your email address.  

Start planning now, and we hope you’ll share our new resources with friends, colleagues, and through your other channels!