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Honorary talk by Prof. Gerard Meijer (Frits-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany) (Lecture)

Thursday 29 June 2017Add to my calendar
from 14:30
Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Keizer Karelplein 2D, Nijmegen.
prof. Gerard Meijer

 From June 25-30 the XXVII International Symposium on Molecular Beams (http://www.ru.nl/ismb2017/) will be organized in Nijmegen, hosted by Bas van de Meerakker and Anouk Rijs. 
Gerard Meijer2017On Thursday June 29th Professor Gerard Meijer (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, and also former chair of Radboud University) will have a honorary talk on open access to scientific publications (for abstract see below). 
This lecture, sponsored by NWO and Stichting Physica, is accessible for everyone who wants to know more about this subject. The talk is followed by an open discussion and refreshments. 
You can register for this lecture by sending an email to m.dewith@science.ru.nl.

Open Access to scientific publications means the free, unrestricted access to the outcome of scientific research for the general public, at no cost for the reader, made possible by the world-wide distribution via the internet. Such access enhances creativity in our society and enriches its development. It sounds so logical, but Open Access to scientific publications is strangely enough not yet standard. Instead, most research publications are still locked-up behind pay-walls, not accessible for the interested laymen and also not for the scientists working at Universities or research institutions that can no longer afford the subscription prices charged by the publishers, steadily increasing way above inflation [1]. Making scientific publications available under Open Access also costs money, but whereas in the current subscription model the reader has to pay to get access to a certain article, in the Open Access model the author pays to get the article published, free to read and use for everybody.
Open Access to scientific publications is a topic that has been high on my agenda during the almost four-and-a-half years that I have served as president of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and it will remain an important topic for me now that I have returned from University administration to active research at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society at the beginning of this year. In this presentation I would like to share with you my experiences with Open Access, both as researcher and as University president, and I will give you a status report on the developments around Open Access to scientific publications in The Netherlands [2] as well as in Germany [3].

[1] http://dx.doi.org/10.17617/1.3
[2] http://www.vsnu.nl/openaccess
[3] https://www.projekt-deal.de/about-deal/

prof. Bas van de Meerakker / dr. Anouk Rijs