9th Scholarly Communication Seminar in Vilnius


Academic Libraries & Open Science:

How to meet the challenges?

Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process based on cooperative work and new ways of knowledge distribution using digital technologies and new collaborative tools[1]. Open Science involves a change of practices in the way scientific results are shared throughout the research cycle and fundamentally relies on a culture change in academic communities.

The 9th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar entitled “Academic Libraries & Open Science: how to meet the challenges?” will address the challenges and opportunities for academic libraries in encouraging and achieving this necessary culture change.

We will look into the process of Open Science strategy building in universities and how libraries are involved as partners and drivers. Various actors - researcher, librarian, publisher, research administration officer etc- will present their vision on the role of libraries in Open Science. Participants are also invited to share their experience in dealing with the challenges that Open Science bring in their institution.

Not only case studies on research data management support provided by and for libraries and issues related to the evolution of the scientific publication market, also the the transition to Open Access will be presented. Partnerships and collaboration between libraries and university presses will be addressed in a specific session for which we call for contributions of the participants (cf registration form)

The Seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on and share their experience and views through discussion and exchange in the broad international context of UNICA Universities. As a result, participants will gain insight into the issues at stake related to the role of libraries in developing an Open Science culture in the university. They will benefit from the experience of others in order to bring their own vision of an Open Science strategy to reality in their university.

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm?pg=open-science-poli...



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Download the Programme (as of 4 October)

Download the List of Participants (as of 4 October)

Download the bio's and abstracts of speakers (as of 9 October)


Target audience

Directors of libraries, heads of library research support, academic heads of research and of libraries, Vice-Rectors for Research, directors of the university press, librarians from UNICA member universities.


Aula Parva
Universiteto str.3.



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All hotels in this list are within 15-20 minutes walking distance from Vilnius University, except Europa City Hotel (30 minutes walking) and Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square (1 minute walking). Congress Avenue and Europa Royale have the best balance between price and walking distance. Prices are subject to change. Please book early.

Please note that neither UNICA Secretariat nor University of Vilnius 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

  • Andreas DEGWITZ, Direktor der. Universitätsbibliothek der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Arūnas GUDINAVICIUS, Managing Director, Vilnius University Press
  • Rimantas JANKAUSKAS, Vice-rector for Research, Vilnius University
  • Raimonda MARKEVICIENE, Head International Programmes & Relations Office, Vilnius University
  • José MOURA, Director of FCT-UNL Library, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Marija PROKOPCIK, Director information, research & cultural heritage, Vilnius University Library
  • Françoise VANDOOREN, Research Support, Université Libre de Bruxelles


For questions, please don't hesitate to contact UNICA office - Aurelie Duchateau: aurelie.duchateau@unica-network.eu

Monday, 14 October, 2019 to Tuesday, 15 October, 2019
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Host Institution: 
University of Vilnius
Vilnius University, Aula Parva, Historical Campus of University, Universiteto str.3