Call for presentation proposals

Inclusiveness through Openness
Satellite Conference at Erasmus University
18- 19 August 2023

The Academic and Research Libraries section of IFLA will host a satellite conference preceding the World Library and Information Congress 2023 in Rotterdam in collaboration with Erasmus University Library and the following partners: 

The satellite conference will take place on 18-19 August (Friday and Saturday, ending at mid-day Saturday) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. 

The theme of the conference is Inclusiveness through OpennessFind a full abstract describing the conference here. The conference intends to look forward to an increasingly open world of research, data, and publication and identify the opportunities and challenges of living in such an environment.  We are particularly concerned to engage with the issues from a global perspective, especially within in the global south, emerging economies, and circumstances of political and/or financial constraint.  How do we ensure that open access to science will be truly open for researchers and readers worldwide?  Themes that may emerge include:

  • How will scholarship, including the sharing of that scholarship, operate in this future?
  • In this new environment, what will rise to be the primary challenges to ensuring the creation and dissemination of scholarship from and to all parts of the world?  Where all may read, how do we ensure that all may be heard?
  • What would be the baseline requirements to allow for a system of scholarly communication which could be considered equitable and accessible?
  • How will the roles of the various participants in the scholarly communication lifecycle need to adapt in this new environment?
  • Public access to open research. How does access look across the globe?

The conference will open with a keynote address by an invited speaker. We then expect to have several sessions in sequence for presentation of work addressing the theme of the conference.  English will be the language of the conference. 

Important Dates

27 March 2023Proposal abstracts must be submitted
12 April 2023Selected presenters will be notified
13 August 2023Presentation slides due

Submission guidelines

Proposals must be submitted using the submission form. They must be in English and include the following information:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Abstract of the proposal (400 words)
  • Name/s of presenters and positions and/or titles
  • Employer or affiliated institution
  • Contact information including email address and telephone number
  • Short biographical statement of no more than 100 words

Contacts for further information:

Please note:

Presentations must be in English. Each presentation should be no more than 20 minutes in length with discussion at the end of each session. 

Speakers should expect to be recorded on video and should be prepared to submit their presentation for publication in the IFLA repository.

At least one of the presenters must be present to deliver the presentation during the program in Rotterdam. Proposals should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

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