Ms Ellen Tise, Senior Director of the Library and Information Service, was an invited panellist in the Open Science and Library Infrastructures panel discussion at the first United Nations Open Science Conference held on 18-19 November 2019 at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.
The theme of the event was “Towards Global Open Science: Core Enabler of the UN 2030 Agenda". The conference aimed to elevate discussion about open science and open research to the global level. A further objective was to consider the role open science plays in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Ms Tise's presentation, entitled Open Science for Sustainable Development: a Library perspective, highlighted the drivers of open science, drew attention to the facets of open science and emphasised the need for advocacy of open access. The other panellists in the Open Science and Library Infrastructures panel were Mr Gerald Beasley (Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University), Dr Wolfram Horstmann (LIBER Special Advisor, Göttingen State and University Library), Dr Catriona MacCallum (Director of Open Science, Hindawi Ltd) and Dr Chris Bourg (Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Dr Bourg's presentation envisioned “a world where enduring, abundant, equitable, and meaningful access to information serves to empower and inspire humanity."
The UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library organized the conference in collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Conference participants were representatives of open science initiatives, researchers, library directors and policymakers. The keynote speakers were Dr Natalia Manola (Managing Director, OpenAIRE) and Juan Pablo Alperin (Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University).