TRI Auditorium & Zoom

TRI Director's choice seminar #1

Open access and open science; an overnight sensation 20 years in the making

Join us for TRI's first Director's Choice Seminar of 2022, as Professor Virginia Barbour discusses the importance of open access and open science.

The value of open access and open science came to international attention in the past couple of years as it became clear how important the free flow of information was in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there has been experimentation and innovation for more than 20 years from a diverse group of individuals and organisations who incrementally put in place processes and infrastructure to support open access and open science. There is a great opportunity now to reflect on the successes in open access and open science, understand the barriers to further progress, and consider what we need to put in place, including what role academic institutions and individual academics can play, to ensure a sustainable, diverse open ecosystem that will allow us to address looming global crises.

Professor Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communication, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Director of Open Access Australasia. She trained in medicine in the UK, specialising in haematology and then went on to do a DPhil at Oxford University and post-doctoral research in the US on globin gene regulation. 

She was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She has been involved in many international open access, innovative scholarly communication and publication and research integrity initiatives. She was previously Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Her current international interests are as a Vice-Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) Steering Committee, a Plan S Ambassador, a member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)’s Executive Board and an editorial advisor to medRxiv. In Australia she is member of the NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee and a steering group member of the Australian Reproducibility Network.

Presenter: Professor Virginia Barbour, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Open Access Australasia
Date: Tuesday 21st June 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: TRI Auditorium & Online
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