Webinar: Challenges and opportunities of linking Open Access and Open Science with the Sustainable Development Goals

We are pleased to announce the webinar “Challenges and opportunities of linking Open Access and Open Science with the Sustainable Development Goals" that will take place in conjunction with the e-forum on "Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies".

The e-forum is an online event is a joint effort by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to provide a forum for institutions and individuals to learn more about the Lyon Declaration, and to exchange ideas about how information centers and libraries can promote the adoption of access to information as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Click here for more information on the e-forum.


The SDGs represent challenges in advancing the broad access to information agenda because of the divergent goals and proliferating targets and indicators. At the same time, the broadness of many of the goals presents opportunities for the agenda, particularly in the form of open access and open science, to embed itself at the core, thus allowing concrete actions and policies to be formulated in order to achieve tangible development outcomes. I will focus in particular on Goal 9 (“Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”) and argue that information and knowledge are essential infrastructure needed to build local research capacity which are in turn the foundation for sustainable development. The growing understanding of the importance of sharing methods and results throughout the research life cycle further demands the need for appropriate infrastructure. Examples of such infrastructure, such as data and publication repositories, already exist at some local level, but they are often fragmented and lack adequate resources. It is therefore important for FAO/IFLA/COAR to continue to advocate for the development of knowledge infrastructure and to ensure that policies are in place to support their long term sustainability.  


15th of September 2015 - 16:00 CEST - Use Time Converter to calculate the time difference between your location.



Leslie Chan is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream,  in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he serves as the Associate Director. An early practitioner of the Web for scholarly exchange and online learning, Leslie is particularly interested in the role and design of network in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development.

As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, Leslie has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world. The Director of Bioline International, Chair of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, Leslie is a passionate advocate for knowledge equity and inclusive development.  Leslie has served as advisor to numerous projects and organizations, including the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the American Anthropological Association, the International Development Research Centre, UNESCO, and the Open Society Foundation. 


The session is open to anyone, Use the link at http://fao.adobeconnect.com/lesliechansdgsforum/. Contact us at [email protected] for further information.

System requirements

Make sure that: you have good internet connection; Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome; and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3. If in doubt, go to Checking system requirements of the web conferencing programme Adobe Connect.


This webinar is co-sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), COAR and IFLA


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