Consultative Forum on Open Access (OA): Towards high level interventions for Research and Development in Africa

When :

from Thursday 29 January, 2015
to Friday 30 January, 2015

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Hilton Hotel Nairobi, Po Box 30624 - 00100, Mama Ngina Street, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Contact :

Jaco Du toit, Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email:

UNESCO will support Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) to hold an Open Access Consultative Forum from 29th-30th January 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum aims at initiating dialogue between scientists and policy-makers to support the development of science-based advice on Open Access for Africa and establish relationships with organizations keen on using Open Access. It will also discuss the new models of scholarly communication based on open access, its practical challenges, and the possible solutions to be adopted.
This activity will attract participation of scientists, policy-makers, researchers, academics, scholars and librarians from Africa to include: Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS), Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW).

This activity falls within the framework of UNESCO’s Main Line of Actions to enable universal access and preservation of information and knowledge and the Expected Result to promote Open Solutions for Knowledge Societies.