Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative is hosting a two-day online National Open Science Symposium with national policy agencies including TETFund, NUC, NBTE, NCCE and FME to improve open research and scholarly output in Nigeria.  Building on the UNESCO open science recommendations for open science and support from the pan-African LIBSENSE community,  stakeholders from the Nigerian Research and Education Community will gather to discuss taking steps “Towards an Open Science Action Plan for Nigeria”

Expected Outcomes
The conference intends to stimulate the growing awareness of open access and open science practice to develop actionable policies for implementation at national and institutional levels. Attendees will gain insight into available and planned open infrastructure that encourage best practices, enable policy enactment to occur and be documented, and serve as platforms for digital skills development.  

Who Should Attend?
This conference should be attended by Chief Executives, Principal Officers, Librarians, ICT Directors, Academic Staff, Publishing Editors, Repository Managers, and Researchers.

PRESENTATIONS (Click the Link to Download)

DAY 1:
1. UNESCO Recommendations for Open Science – Dr Ana Persic, Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO
2. Open research: An Imperative for Nigerian Higher Education – Prof. Bashir Galadanci, Director CIT, Bayero University Kano and Member RDSC-TETFund
3. LIBSENSE: An African Framework for Sustainable Open Science – Omo Oaiya, CSO, WACREN
4. Funding For Open Research: A TETFund Perspective – Dr Mustapha Popoola: Technical Advisor to ES, TETFund
5. Making it possible: Shared Open Infrastructure for the Nigerian R&E Community – Owen Iyoha, CEO, Eko-Konnect

DAY 2:
1. Open Science at Institutional Level – Challenges and Prospects Prof. Sahalu Junaidu, Dean Faculty of Physical Sciences & ICT Director Ahmadu Bello University
2. Reskilling and Upskilling Librarians and Researchers for Open Science Dr Pam Abbott, Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield
3. Open Science Community and Capacity Building Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Program Manager, EIFL
4. Persistent identifiers (PIDs) for Connecting Research Output, Researchers & Research Funders – Nabil Ksibi, Engagement Lead, ORCID
5. Jisc Case study: The Transition to Open Research in the UK – Bill Hubbard, Head of Policy and Engagement – Digital Resources Directorate, Jisc