Hosted in Washington DC on November 12-14, OpenCon 2016 is designed to serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. However, OpenCon is only possible with the support of established organizations and institutions with a commitment to openness in research and education.
OpenCon seeks to convene the most effective student and early career academic professional advocates—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. In 2014 and 2015, the majority of students and early career academic professionals who participated received travel scholarships, enabling 39 countries to be represented.
Many libraries have found significant value in sponsoring representatives to attend OpenCon—including students and early career librarians and faculty—then leveraging their experience at the meeting to advance the conversation around openness in research and education on campus.
What previous sponsors say
“Sponsoring an early career researcher or a student (or both!) to attend OpenCon is one of many ways we reach out to faculty and students to deepen campus conversations about open access. OpenCon provides an immersive experience that can literally turn understanding into advocacy. Our faculty who attended the first two OpenCons came back more cognizant of the issues, eager to spread the word to their peers, and grateful to the library for providing a profoundly valuable professional experience. The student we sent altered his graduate school plans to focus on a career in public policy development around open access.”
- Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University
“The Association of Research Libraries has sponsored five early career librarians to attend OpenCon in 2014 and 2015. We view this sponsorship as an important investment in cultivating the next generation of experts who can help put libraries at the center of the campus conversation about openness in research and education. We're excited to see tangible returns on this investment already and strongly encourage research libraries to consider sponsoring a campus representative to participate.”
- Prue Adler, Associate Executive Director for Federal Relations and Information Policy Association of Research Libraries
Number available: 60 total (subject to discretion of OpenCon Organizing Committee)
Level of support: See below for pricing for each region
- Option to select one qualified student or early career academic professional per sponsorship to attend the meeting with a full scholarship (travel costs must not exceed sponsorship amount); scholarship includes travel, shared accommodations (2 participants per room), conference registration, and visa processing fees but excludes incidentals
- Placement of sponsoring organization’s logo on a dedicated portion of the conference website for organizations sponsoring a student
- Statement of thanks to the group of organizations which sponsor an attendee at the opening of the meeting with each organization’s logo displayed
Cost of the sponsorship varies by region as outlined below:
- Africa: $2,000 per scholarship
- Asia: $2,500 per scholarship
- Europe: $2,500 per scholarship
- Middle East: $2,000 per scholarship
- North America: $2,000 per scholarship
- Oceania: $2,500 per scholarship
- South and Central America: $2,000 per scholarship