Innovation, Transforming Discovery, and Citizen Science to be Highlighted at Berlin 9 Open Access Conference Program Announced for November Event.

(Washington, DC) The program for the international Berlin 9 Open Access meeting has been announced today by the organizing coalition. Focusing on the impact of Open Access in research and scholarship, the event will explore how open, online access has the potential to transform the process of discovery and the translation of knowledge into benefits to society, as well as to enhance public engagement and create new opportunities for scholarship and business.

This ninth installment in the Berlin Open Access conference series, which convenes leaders in the science, humanities, research, funding, and policy communities around The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, will take place at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, on November 9 & 10, 2011, with pre-conference meetings planned for November 8th, in Washington, DC.

The program committee for the meeting has been examining the role that Open Access can play in accelerating the conduct and communication of scholarship, and the opportunities this presents to the funders, creators, and end users of this information. They have identified five key topics to explore:

*       Transforming Research through Open Online Access to Discovery Inputs and Outputs

*       Creation of Innovative New Opportunities for Scholarship and Business

*       The Impact of Open Access and Open Repositories on Research in the Humanities

*       Open Education: Linking Learning and Research through Open Access

*       Public Interaction: the Range and Power of Open Access for Citizen Science, Patients, and Large-scale Collaboration

Speakers for each topic area are being invited and will be announced this fall.

The committee has also invited keynote remarks from top U.S. and international policymakers, including a high-level exploration on redefining measures of impact.

For more information about the program and pre-conferences as they develop, as well as the program committee and organizing coalition, visit the conference Web site at

Meeting Sponsorships are now being welcomed. For information, visit

Berlin 9 is being organized by representatives from the science, humanities, research, funding and policy communities, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, the Max Planck Society, Association of Research Libraries, and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition).

Registration will open in September.