2022 Annual Forum

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

Join Our 2024 Annual Forum

This year’s conference theme is: Transforming Knowledge Into Action. We are honoured to have the Qatar National Library as our Host Partner for this event, and to have the continued support and funding from the Knowledge E Foundation.

We invite librarians, researchers, policy makers, higher-education institutions, publishers, and solutions-providers to submit presentation proposals relating to the development and implementation of open science policies and practises, and the building of open science communities, in higher education institutions and libraries. We are looking for 20 minute presentations in both English and Arabic. The first day of the programme will be for online presenters who are unable to attend the conference in person.