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About OpenCon

OpenCon 2015 is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 14-16, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world. The meeting will convene students and early career academic professionals from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation to advance OpenCon's three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

Three days to connect

Through a program of keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons, participants will build skills in key areas—from raising institutional awareness to coordinating national-level campaigns effectively.

Attend OpenCon 2015!

Applications for OpenCon 2015 are closed! However, you can still attend an OpenCon satellite event in your area. Attendance at OpenCon satellite events do not require an application.

Develop a global network

OpenCon 2014 drew participants from 39 countries across five continents. We hope to make OpenCon 2015 even more diverse.

Organized by the Right to Research Coalition & SPARC

OpenCon 2015 is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and a committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

Join the next generation of advocates & scholars to shape the future of Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

What the community is saying about OpenCon



OpenCon 2014 was the best conference I have ever been to. The presentations, speeches, and workshops as well as all the connections I made at OpenCon educated me about the exciting developments occurring not only in Open Educational Resources, but Open Access and Open Data as well. I left informed and inspired to continue on as an open advocate. Full of word class attendees, organizers, and presenters, OpenCon was a once in a life time opportunity that I will never forget.

Chardaye Bueckert, President of the Simon Fraser Student Society



OpenCon was the most energetic and intellectually stimulating conference I have attended. Meeting people so immersed in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education was inspiring and has since motivated myself and Martin Bentley to start Open Access South Africa: A Student Network. I am honoured to be a part of a community so fully committed to access to education and research across the world.

Uvania Naidoo, Open Access South Africa Co-founder, MA Candidate (UCT)

Blog and News

After the OpenCon 2014 satellite event in London, two early career researchers, Jon Tennant and Ross Mounce, realised that it’s still too difficult for many people new to Open Access and Open Data to understand key terms which the community uses. Lingo, jargon, terminology, whatever you call it, an internal...
Over the coming months, we’ll be turning the attention of our OpenCon webcasts toward the Humanities and Social Sciences. We’re happy to announce two upcoming webcasts: one in August on the role of Open Data in the Social Sciences, and one in September on the launch of the first fee-free...
The response to the call for applications to attend OpenCon 2015 has been tremendous, surpassing all of our expectations on both the quantity and quality of applicants. We’ve been working around the clock to review them all. More than 50 alumni from last year’s meeting volunteered their time to ensure...