LIBSENSE Regional Open Science Policy Development Workshop



Omo Oaiya (WACREN), Tiwonge Banda (UbuntuNet Alliance)

This Policy Development Workshop is the first in a series of workshops organised in collaboration with UNESCO and regional associations of higher education institutions in Africa to promote the development of open science policies at the institutional level to complement the LIBSENSE National Open Science Roadmaps.

Objective: To establish common ground on how to move from the high-level goals and principles articulated in the UNESCO recommendations on Open Science to the role of institutions in implementing these policies.

The workshop will feature case studies of open science and open access policy development initiatives across Africa to stimulate discussion about what works and does not in such policy development and implementation initiatives. It will include a talk on localising research assessment in the context of open science.

Target: Deputy vice-chancellors in charge of research, head librarians and deans in charge of early career researcher development (e.g. postgraduate researchers, PhDs, postdoctoral fellows, new lecturing staff). 

    • 8:00 AM 8:05 AM
      Opening remarks and goodwill message 5m

      Introduction and setting the scene

      Speakers: Dr Mattthews Mtumbuka (Ubuntunet Alliance), Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona (IUCEA)
    • 8:05 AM 8:20 AM
      Welcome Address - Open Access and Open Science 15m
      Speaker: Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba (The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA))
    • 8:20 AM 8:40 AM
      Building a global consensus on Open Science 20m
      Speaker: Ana Persic (Programme Specialist, UNESCO)
    • 8:40 AM 9:00 AM
      Q & A 20m
    • 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
      Case Study Panel Presentations 1h

      Case studies from across Africa followed by moderated Q&A of the panel members)

      Speakers: Rosemary Otando (University of Nairobi, Kenya), Felix Majawa (Mzuzu University, Malawi), David Bukenya (Uganda Christian University), Prof. Conrad Omonhinmin (Covenant University, Nigeria), Dr Gitau Njoroge (Kenyatta University), Dr Melkamu Beyene (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Dr Reggie Raju (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
    • 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
      Open Science and Research Assessment 30m
      Speaker: Dr Rhoda Wanyenze (Makerere University; DORA Advisory Board)
    • 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
      Plenary discussion and next steps 30m