Past events

2022 Annual Forum

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.

Supported by UNESCO, ALECSO and EKB, our goal was to provide a forum for MENA librarians, researchers, government policy makers and higher-education institutions to exchange ideas and start new cross-regional collaborations developing Open Science policies and infrastructure. By bringing together industry leaders and global experts, and providing a mixture of outstanding talks, strategy sessions, networking opportunities and workshops, we aimed to encourage participants to consider all the issues surrounding equitable Open Scholarship and Open Research practices.

The 2022 Annual Forum was held on the 26th-27th of October to coincide with the global Open Access Week initiative in Cairo, Egypt (with the support and endorsement of UNESCO and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank). The event was a huge success, with 50 speakers and over 1100 delegatesa from 48 countries across the globe.

2022 Annual Forum Photo Gallery

2022 Annual Forum Presentations

2021 Open Access Symposium

In 2021, Knowledge E organised an online symposium for Open Access Week, Towards a More Knowledgeable World: Open Access Research in MENA. We had 13 expert representatives from global organisations and leading regional stakeholders including King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Qatar National Library (QNL), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, ORCiD, Crossref, Open Access Directory, Harvard University, and Knowledge E.

Our speakers offered a series of presentations providing effective strategies and useful tips for governments, higher education institutions, and individual researchers around the introduction and development of Open Access research and policies. This rich and engaging programme attracted over 600 delegates from 35 countries and 130 institutions around the world. The recordings of the excellent papers delivered at this event are available for free on our YouTube channel.

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