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REGISTER: COAR-SPARC Conference in Porto, Portugal

From Stacie Lemick, Programs and Operations Associate, SPARC

Washington, DC  SPARC is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming COAR-SPARC Conference, Connecting Research Results, Bridging Communities, Opening Scholarship, to be held April 15th and 16th in Porto, Portugal. 

Co-hosted by SPARC and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the meeting will offer a thought-provoking program with dynamic speakers from around the world, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges for libraries in a world of open science and open content. It will provide a unique opportunity for SPARC members to make connections, and learn best practices from colleagues around the world.

Click here to register for the 2015 COAR-SPARC Conference

The conference is deliberately structured to deliver both an overview of important policy and philosophical developments, as well as pragmatic sessions to help participants become more effective in their roles on a day-to-day basis. 

The program features keynotes from John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer for SAGE Bionetworks, and Dominique Babini, Coordinator of Open Access Projects for CLASCO. It will also feature expert panels on topics ranging from organizational models for research data management services to the international open science policy environment. The conference will also offer a poster session. Posters can be submitted while registering for the conference

Space is limited, so please register early! 100 places are reserved for COAR and SPARC members.

The early bird conference rates for registration before March 13, 2015 is:

  • €55.50 EUR for COAR and SPARC members (approximately $65 US)
  • €105.50 EUR for non-members (approximately $120 US)

After March 13, 2015:

  • €80.50 EUR for COAR and SPARC members (approximately $90 US)
  • €105.50 EUR for non-members (approximately $120 US)

Registration is now open at the following:

More information about the meeting can be found on SPARC’s website at, including details on hotel options and getting to Porto and the conference venue.

We hope to see you in Porto this April!