Speakers this evening:

  • Pearl Dykstra, chair of empirical sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, will relate her concerns on open access to publications and data. She will also address the dilemmas young researchers face and highlights the role of the Library in making research available to everyone.
  • Robert-Jan Smits, recently appointed as the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, will unfold his Plan S to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications. This plan Opens externalwas presented on the 4th of September 2018.
  • Jason Schmitt, American documentary maker, focuses on the necessity of Open Access for research and scientific progress. He will tell us about the making of the documentary that will screen directly after his speech.

European premiere: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

The documentary questions the rationale behind the enormous amount of money that is being earned by for-profit academic publishers, whose profit margins are often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

The film will be shown to the United Nations General Assembly shortly after this Erasmus event.)

Location: Erasmus Pavilion
Start event:
14.00 – 17.00 hrs (doors open: 13.00 hrs.)
17.00 – 18.00 hrs.

Register here, and look here for more information.