Plenary Sessions

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Monday, August 5

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Welcome Introduction - Palisades Ballroom

Moderator: Marty Brennan, Scholarly Communication Education Librarian, UCLA
Welcome Speakers:

  • Ginny Steel, UCLA Librarian,
  • Joe Bristow, Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Academic Senate, UCLA

First thing on Monday morning we will all meet to kick off the Institute. Expect a short introduction, basic logistics information, run over the week's schedule and a brief overview of the courses.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Lightning Talks - Palisades Ballroom

Chair/Moderator: Daniel S. Katz

This session will consist of reviewed 5-minute talks by FSCI participants.  These short talks are meant to present something the speaker is passionate about, related to scholarly communications.  Talks may be about new technology that might change our lives or vanish without a trace, tell us about a policy that has made a difference somewhere, rants about how the scholarly communications world should be, and other topics.  The talks will inspire us to think and to discuss things that make an impact on scholarly communications.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND FORM (Submission Deadline July 12, 2019.

Tuesday, August 6

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Do-a-Thon - Palisades Ballroom

Chair/Moderator: Steven Diggs, UCSD

Building off the concept of a hackathon, a do-a-thon is a work-sprint where people from different skill sets work together and collaborate on different challenges and projects. Sign up forms will be posted on the website in early July.

Wednesday, August 7

8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Plenary Session Panel - What if Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society had never existed? Learning from the successes beyond the North Atlantic" - Palisades Ballroom

Chairs: Dan O’Donnell and Gimena Del Rio Riande
Moderator: Gimena Del Rio Riande
Speakers: Speakers from around the globe will be presenting

Much of today’s debate around open access and scholarly communication in Northern America and Europe centres around how well plans developed in one part of this “North Atlantic” region might work in another, or, usually as an afterthought, in the “Global South”. In this session we want to turn this on its head. What would scholarly communication be like if our origin myth did not start in the UK’s Royal Society in London in 1665? Let’s imagine a world where Phil Trans never existed and we instead had developed our systems from the ideas underpinning the success stories of scholarly communications infrastructures and systems from Latin America, Asia and Africa, from beyond the English-speaking world, and from communities not traditionally considered as “scholarly”.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - “Moving the Needle” Roundtable - Palisades Ballroom

Speakers: Ginny Steel, Alison Scott, Tom Olijhoek, Cameron Neylon, 

Engage in a discussion with a panel pulled together to discuss some of the highest-level recent developments to “move the needle” towards open research and publishing.  Virginia Steel, The UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, and Alison Scott, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, will discuss the University of California’s negotiations with Elsevier to secure a read and publish contract; Tom Olijhoek will discuss the European Union’s “Plan S” which requires state-funded research output to be Open by 2020; and Cameron Neylon will discuss recent results evaluating how universities are implementing Open Access globally. Who is doing this well? What is driving change, and in what direction? What will these changes mean for the scholarly communication ecosystem?  Come with questions and opinions, and join the discussion.

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Battledecks: PowerPoint Karaoke - Palisades Ballroom

Chair/Moderator - Nicky Agate, Columbia University

You will not want to miss this night!!  Everyone is invited to take part in Battledecks (a.k.a. PowerPoint karaoke). How are your improv skills? Ready to perform in front of a live audience? Each contestant will be given 3-5 minutes to present ten slides on a surprise topic, with the goal of telling a coherent story while (a) entertaining the audience and (b) keeping a straight face. Link to upload your slide decks will be posted in May.  

Friday, August 9, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Birds of Feather Topic tables - DeNeve Cafeteria Private Room (seating limited to first 75 people)

Co-Chairs: Anna Oates and Dan O’Donnell

Join your colleagues in the De Neve cafeteria to discuss School Comm topics in an informal setting. You'll be able to network and exchange ideas, insights, and experiences. If you are interested in leading a BOF table or have ideas of topics you wish to contribute, please send an email to  Or you may add to the list that will be posted here <WHEN>.


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - “Keynote” Speaker and Closing Session - Information forthcoming 

Chair: Marty Brennan