Past Events

The Forum for Open Research in MENA (FORM) is a non-profit membership organisation supporting the advancement of Open Science policies and practices in research communities and institutions across the Arab world.

The movement towards Open Science is vitally important to ensuring the accessibility, inclusivity, and long-term sustainability of our education systems and scholarly communities. However, Open Science is also a complex and multi-faceted concept, and it can be difficult to know how and where to start. The problem is compounded by the negative publicity surrounding predatory practices, which has tarnished the Open Science movement.

Bringing together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, the Annual Forum provides an arena for librarians, researchers, government policy makers, universities and international experts to discuss and debate key themes and issues relating to the advancement of Open Research across the Arab world. The Forum is held in a different Arab State each year, to enable all researchers, librarians, and Open Science champions to have the opportunity to attend in person (as well as online).

2021 Open Access Symposium

2022 Annual Forum

2023 Annual Forum

Join Our 2024 Annual Forum

The 2024 Annual Forum will offer a series of carefully tailored presentations and panels addressing key themes and topics related to the advancement of Open Science policies and practices in research institutions and research communities throughout the Arab world. We are honoured to have the Qatar National Library as our Host Partner for this event, and to have the support and endorsement of our partner UNESCO.

This year’s conference theme is: Transforming Knowledge Into Action. We invite librarians, researchers, policy makers, higher-education institutions, publishers, and solutions-providers to join us.