FOSTER training programme: Czech Open Science Days 2015 (Brno/Prague)

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This April, Czech University of Life Sciences, Association of Libraries of Czech Universities and Brno University of Technology is organizing two training events in Prague (April 21 2015) and in Brno (23 April 2015). 

The participants will receive an intense trainers training and in the upcoming years should play a role of OA advocates at their home institutions. After the
FOSTER training, the participants will return to their institutions and prepare a workshop that will respect the specifics of the particular institution and be tailored to its needs. The workshop will be prepared within 6 months after the FOSTER training.

The main goal of both one day training events is to introduce concepts of Open access and Open Data more in depth to the target
audience (Researchers, Research Administration, PhD students, Librarians/Repository managers, Policy makers/Funders).

The covered topics are:

  • OA Policy Management and Development
  •  Managing and Sharing Research Data
  •  H2020 and Open Access Policy
  • CRIS and OpenAIRE: standards, interoperability
  • Role of Academic Libraries in advocating OA

In order to reach the members of target groups nationwide, the training will be held in two biggest cities (regional capitals) of the country – in Prague and in Brno. Both cities are homes of the two largest public universities (Charles University in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno) and many other research institutions. Also, both cities have potential to attract participants from surrounding regions of Bohemia (Prague), respectively Moravia (Brno).

The trainings will be held under the patronage of Association of Libraries of Czech Universities (ALCU, that connects all 26 public universities (and their libraries) in the Czech Republic. ALCU has been involved in OA advocacy for a very long time, including announcing Open Access to be one of four key activities in its Strategic plan 2012-2015.

There will be a facilitated discussion after each presentation and participants will have a chance to consult and discuss the situation at their home institutions. Follow-up consultations will be possible via email or Skype. ALCU will continue to foster discussions at its workshops and conferences.

Link to the Prague event (April 21) :

Link to the Brno event (April 23):