Webinar: [Panel Discussion] What can COVID-19 teach us about making research on climate change open access?

[Panel Discussion] What can COVID-19 teach us about making research on climate change open access?

This year, during the International Open Access Week, the focus is on Open for Climate Justice. In this panel discussion, open access experts will reflect on key lessons emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic on the publication of critical research open access. They will discuss how these can inform the approach to dealing with the climate change crisis better from different perspectives: stressing on the urgency for open access to climate research, adopting approaches to make OA publication of climate research sustainable, and addressing issues related to research/publication ethics and potential misinterpretation of research findings.

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02:00 PM UTC | 10:00 AM ET | 07:30 PM IST


Guest experts

Alison Mudditt

Chief Executive Officer, PLOS

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Since June 2017, Alison has been CEO of PLOS, an organization dedicated to building an Open Science future that is equitable, collaborative, and global. Prior to PLOS, Alison served as Director of the University of California Press and as Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications. Alison is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Open Science and also serves on the boards of the Authors’ Alliance and the American Chemical Society’s Governing Board for Publishing. A regular speaker at industry meetings, Alison also writes the Scholarly Kitchen blog. Her more than 30 years in the publishing industry also include leadership positions at Taylor & Francis and Blackwell Publishers.

Harini Calamur 

Head, Impact Science, CACTUS

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Harini Calamur works at the intersection of audiences, technology, content, and academia. With a career spanning 25+ years, her primary focus has been to make high quality education content accessible to diverse audiences. At Impact Science, she works with Governments, Funders, Universities, and Research Institutes, to take their research to specific niches that can act on it, creating impact. She is a regular columnist with leading publications writing around technology, disruption, and economics. She also writes on gender and rights. She is a visiting Faculty at leading universities - teaching programs around Digital Democracy and Citizenship – looking at how digital access and digital monopolies impact individual rights, society, and democracy.

Dr. Jacob Wickham 

Academic trainer, and Managing Editor, Integrative Zoology

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Dr. Jacob Wickham, Managing Editor of the journal Integrative Zoology, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Zoology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Entomology in Rutgers University. An award-winning and celebrated zoologist, Dr. Wickham has over 15 years of experience in academic publishing and had published several papers in high impact journals. Dr. Wickham has gained a lot of valuable experience in research and journal publishing over the years and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with researchers to help them in their publication journey.

(Moderator) Mriganka Awati 

Senior writer, Editage Insights, CACTUS

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Mriganka has worked in the field of scholarly communications for over 16 years. Her experience spans scientific editing, training/mentoring, managing researcher-education events, and planning/implementing strategies for creating educational and thought-leadership content for researchers. She is the lead author of three Editage books on academic writing published for researchers based in Japan and China. She was also part of two global survey projects conducted by CACTUS—one focusing on researcher perspectives on academic publishing and the other focusing on mental health in academia. 

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