8th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar


Tendencies are changing in the scholarly communication landscape. The underlying principles of open access and open science are largely being supported in the worldwide research community, and open access policies are being developed by institutions, research funders and publishers alike. The question is no more IF or WHEN open access will be adopted, but rather HOW open access is being implemented.


The 8th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar "The transition to Open Access: strategies and impacts" discussed issues related to the implementation of Open Access. The Seminar, addressed to Directors of Libraries, of Information Services and of Learning Centres, Librarians, and Vice-Rectors for Research from UNICA member universities, was kindly hosted by Université de Lausanne, 1-2 December 2016. 


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Download the List of Participants (updated 29 November 2016)



Session 1: Initiatives for new publication models

Session 2: Strategic OA business models

Session 3: Sharing views and experience



Report from the Seminar by Françoise Vandooren, Chair of the UNICA Scholarly Communication Core Group



The registration to the Seminar is now closed.

The participation to the seminar is free of charge for the representatives of UNICA member universities, invited speakers, Chairs, persons supporting the organisation (e.g. assistants, student volunteers) as well as the representatives of Swiss partner institutions.

For all other participants, the follwoing registration fee applies:

  • 150 EUR - general fee
  • 120 EUR - early bird registration fee (until 25 October)
  • 50 EUR - student fee

Please note that spaces for non-UNICA participants are limited and such registrations will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Seminar Organising Committee.



Hotel Starling Lausanne

The University of Lausanne has pre-booked a number of rooms in the Starling Hotel Lausanne, conveniently located in the proximity of the University campus, at a preferential rate of CHF 160 per night including breakfast.

In order to make a reservation online, please follow this link, which will automatically take you to the dedicated reservation form created for the participants of the UNICA Scholarly Communication seminar. Alternatively, you can send a message to meetings@shlausanne.ch quoting the reservation code 'UNICA1201'. 

The rooms will be blocked until 15 November 2016. After that date the availability will no longer be guaranteed.


Other hotels

Other recommended hotels in Lausanne in proximity of a metro station (no rooms have been pre-booked in those hotels therefore availabilities cannot be guaranteed):


Please note that neither UNICA Secretariat nor University of Lausanne are responsible for individual hotel reservations. All participants are kindly asked to arrange their own hotel reservations with help of the above-mentioned information.


Seminar Organising Committee

Françoise Vandooren, Research Support, Université libre de Bruxelles

Jeannette Frey, Director, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Lausanne 

Jacques Lanarès, Vice-Rector, Université de Lausanne

Andreas Degkwitz, Director of University Library, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin



For questions about the Seminar, please contact Marta Rachlewicz (UNICA Secretariat): marta.rachlewicz@unica-network.eu

Thursday, 1 December, 2016 to Friday, 2 December, 2016
Host Institution: 
Université de Lausanne