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Conference "Open Access in Action"

swissuniversities, in cooperation with ZHAW, invites you to the conference ‘Open Access in Action’ to be held online on Monday, 19. October 2020.


About this Event

The conference will explore different thematic areas of Implementation of Open Access thus providing an opportunity for the steadily growing Open Access and Open Science community in Switzerland to discuss them.




Micaela Crespo Quesada, Responsable Open Access, University of Lausanne
André Hoffmann, ZORA / Langzeitarchivierung / OpenAIRE2020 / HOPE, University of Zurich


Welcome and Introduction
Jean-Marc Piveteau, Rector ZHAW and President of Delegation Open Science swissuniversities

10:10-10:50Keynote: Today’s Open Access challenges
Vanessa Proudman, Director of SPARC Europe

Results and lessons learned from the implementation of the action plan
Axel Marion, Secretary General of the HES-SO and former Head of Higher Education Policy, swissuniversities


Project highlights

- SONAR, Miguel Moreira, Director at RERO

- SwissCoss, Nicolas Sartori, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Development at University Library Basel

- NIE-INE, Roberta Padlina, Project planning, software development


Lunch break (at your free disposal)


Digital Lunch (12:30-13:00) with break-out sessions in separate virtual rooms:

13:30-14:15  Announcement of the Open Access call for projects
Patrick Furrer, Programme coordinator, swissuniversities
14:15-15:00   Keynote: The future role of libraries in Open Access

Jeannette Frey, Director BCU Lausanne and President of Liber


Panel discussion:   Challenges to come -  Research assesment, alternative forms of publications, rewards, incentives


Host:  Daniel Wyler, Representative of swissuniversities at the EUA Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science 

16:15-16:30Closing remarks and end of the conference
Patrick Furrer, Programme coordinator, swissuniversities

*Changes reserved


The conference will be of interest to institutional leaders, academic staff, researchers, students and policy makers interested in possibilities, conditions and perspectives of scientific publishing. This includes employees of libraries and other scientific infrastructure facilities as well as scientists and members of the scientific administration and other interested individuals.

General information

The conference is organized by swissuniversities and in cooperation with the ZHAW. It will be held in English and the participation is free of charge. The link to the event will be sent to all registered participants by e-mail a few days before the event. If you have any questions about the event, please e-mail us at

Webinar Video Disclaimer

Please note that this event will be recorded. The recordings will be used by swissuniversities for publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication. By joining this webinar session, you automatically consent to such recordings.

Organisational committee

Elena Šimukovič,  ZHAW
Patrick Furrer,  swissuniversities
Anisa Graf, swissuniversities


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