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National Open Access Conference

The National Open Access Conference was held on Friday 26 October 2018 at the University of Lausanne.

Attended by some 300 people, the event provided an opportunity to discuss the national Open Access Strategy and the action plan with renowned Swiss and international individuals. The conference was organised as part of the international Open Access Week


Conference report from 26 October 2018 (in German)


09:30Welcome coffee
10 – 10.10 a.m.


Professor Nouria Hernandez

Rector of the University of Lausanne


10.10 – 10.40 a.m.

The position of the Swiss higher education institutions on Open Access

Professor Michael Hengartner

President of swissuniversities and Rector of the University of Zurich

10.40 – 11.40 a.m.       

Podium discussion: why is Open Access important to the Swiss higher education institutions?

-Professor Kilian Stoffel, President of the P-5 Programme and Rector of the University of Neuchâtel

-Professor Michael Hengartner, President of swissuniversities and Rector of the University of Zurich

-Dr Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

-Professor Hans-Rudolf Schärer, Rector of the Lucerne University of Teacher Education and President of the Chamber of Universities of Teacher Education, swissuniversities

Chair: Dr Axel Marion, Head of the Higher Education Department, swissuniversities


11.40 a.m. – 12.10 p.m.

The government and Open Access

Dr Mauro Dell’Ambrogio

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

12.10 – 1.30 p.m.

Lunch break

Standing lunch
1.30 – 2 p.m.

The role of the SNSF in implementing Open Access

Professor Angelika Kalt

Director of the Swiss National Science Foundation

2 – 3 p.m.

Podium discussion: how can Open Access be implemented?

-Dr Kamila Markram, CEO, Frontiers

-Professor Adriano Aguzzi, Director of the Institute of Neuropathology, University Hospital Zurich

-Dr Rafael Ball, Director of the Library of ETH Zurich

-Professor Daniel Hürlimann, Assistant Professor of Business Law, University of St. Gallen
Chair: Claudia Appenzeller, Secretary General of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

3 – 3.30 p.m.

Open Science: challenges and strategies at a European level

Professor Jean-Pierre Finance

President of the Open Science Experts Group, European University Association

3.30 – 4 p.m.

Vision for Open Access

Professor Jacques Dubochet

Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, University of Lausanne

4 – 4.10 p.m.


Professor François Bussy

Vice Rector of Research and International Relations, University of Lausanne

4.10 – 5 p.m.Aperitif

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