• National Open Science Symposium. Abuja, Nigeria


Venue: CVC Secretariat, Abuja, Nigeria | 13 - 14 September 2023

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

08:30am Arrival and Registration


09:00am Welcome Remarks Prof.Yakubu Ochefu,
Secretary General, CVCNU
09:10am Event Overview LIBSENSE Coordinator
09:20am Opening Statement Susan Mshana
Development Director at the British High Commission in Nigeria
09:45am Opening Address Prof. Tahir Mamman
Hon Minister of Education
10:30 - 11:00am Tea Break and Photo
Open Science as a Policy Priority
11:00 - 11:30am UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science Dr Enang Moma
UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa
11:30am - 12:00pm Advancing Open Science in Africa: LIBSENSE and AfricaConnect3 Initiatives Omo Oaiya
Chief Strategy Officer, WACREN
12:00 - 12:30pm Updates and Progress on Open Science Policy Initiatives in Nigeria Prof. Chinwe Anunobi
National Library Association
12:30 - 13:00pm DOAJ and DOAB and their role as critical infrastructures for open science Dr Tom Olyhoek
Head, Outreach & Advocacy (DOAJ) & Consultant for African Outreach (DOAB)
13:00- 14:00pm Lunch and Networking
Towards an Open Research Commons
14:00 - 14:30pm Higher Education Leaders: Catalysts for Open Science Culture Prof Abdullahi Ibrahim Musa
VC of Kaduna State University
14:30 - 15:00pm Open Science Facilitation: Libraries as Essential Enablers Prof.Jibril Alhassan,
Chair, AULNU
15:00 - 15-30pm ren.ng - community-governed open science infrastructures. Mr. Owen Iyoha
CEO, Eko-Konnect
15:30 - 16:00pm Tea Break
SESSION 3 Coordinating the Development of a National Open Science Action Plan
16:00 - 17:00pm Break-Out Groups
1) Policy, Funding and Governance
2) Infrastructure
3) Capacity Building & Advocacy
17:00 - 17:15pm Group Reports Group Rapporteurs
17:15 - 17:30pm Closing Remarks Prof.Yakubu Ochefu
Secretary General, CVCNU
Thursday, 14 September 2023
09:30 - 10:30am LIBSENSE Policy Development Workshop
09:00 - 10:30am Planning workshop for a task force comprising representatives from relevant ministries, research institutions, NRENs, academic librarians, tech hubs, and other stakeholders. This group will coordinate the policy drafting and ensure diverse representation. Special interest will be given to the role of quality evaluation of open access journals and books in policy development
10:30 - 11:00am Tea Break and Networking
Open Science Infrastructure
11:00am - 12:30pm Brainstorming session on OS infrastructure to pilot/harness to support the implementation of a policy and outline activities to establish community-governed national repository and journal platforms.
12:30 - 14:00pm Lunch and Networking
14:00 - 15:30pm DOAJ/DOAB Workshop on open access Journals & Books
After painting the landscape of OA journals and books in Nigeria, we will discuss the reasons why so few sources from Nigeria are indexed by international Indexing Services. We will explain the advantages of being registered in DOAJ or DOAB and describe the easy-to-follow application processes for either Indexing Service. At the end of the workshop, 2 surveys will be launched, one on journals and one on books, where publishers, funders, scholars and other stakeholders can express their ideas on what infrastructures for open science journals and books should look like..
15:30 - 16:00pm Wrap up & Next steps