• LIBSENSE Open Science Symposium Sierra Leone


Venue: New Brookfields Hotel | Freetown | 23 - 24 August 2023

Wednesday, 23 August 2023

08:30am Arrival and Registration

Chair: Prof Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr
Chair, SLREN & National Science, Technology & Innovation Council

09:00 - 09:05am Call to Order Mrs Fatmata Kaiwa
Director Science Education, Ministry of Technical & Higher Education (MTHE)
09:05 - 09:10am Welcome Remarks Prof. Jonas Redwood-Sawyerr
Chair, SLREN
09:10 - 09:20am Introduction of Symposium Omo Oaiya
LIBSENSE Coordinator
09:20 - 09:30am Statement from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone
09:30 - 09:40am Statement Salima Mormorna Bah
Minister of Communication, Technology, and Innovation
09:40 - 10:00am Opening Address Dr Haja Wurie
Minister of Technical & Higher Education
10:30am Tea Break and Photo
Open Science as a Policy Priority
Chair: Prof A.M Alghali, Chairman, Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
10:30 - 11:00am UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science Dr Mohammed Combo Kamanda
UNESCO Office, Sierra Leone
11:00 - 11:30am Right to Access Information Commission (RAIC) and Open Data Ms. Yeama Sarah Thompson
Executive Director & Founder, Initiatives for Media Development
11:30 - 12:00pm Strengthening National Systems - Innovating with Open Science Prof. Osman Sankoh COR (Mallam O.)
Deputy Vice Chancellor, UNIMTECH
12:00pm - 13:30pm Lunch and Networking
Towards an Open Research Commons for Sierra Leone
Chair: Prof Bashiru M Koroma, Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Njala University
13:30 - 13:50pm NRENs as Providers of Open Scholarly Infrastructure Dr Thomas Songu
ICT Director, Njala University / CEO, SLREN
13:50 - 14:10pm Libraries as Enablers of Open Science Prof Miriam Conteh-Morgan
DVC, IPAM USL / University Librarian
14:10 - 14-30pm Open Data and Innovation: Matters Arising Ms. Michaela Mackay
COO, Directorate of Science, Technology & Innovation (DSTI)
14:30 - 14:50pm Research Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange in the Age of Open Science Prof Rashid Ansumana
Dean, School of Community Health Sciences, Njala University
14:50 - 15:10pm Advancing Open Science in Africa: LIBSENSE and AfricaConnect3 Initiatives Omo Oaiya
Chief Strategy Officer, WACREN
15:10 - 15:30pm Tea Break
Coordinating the Development of a National Open Science Action Plan
Chair: Prof Foday Sahr, Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Sierra Leone
15:30 - 16:30pm Break-Out Groups
1) Policy, Funding and Governance
2) Infrastructure
3) Capacity Building & Advocacy
16:30 - 16:45pm Group Reports Rapporteurs
16:45 - 17:00pm Wrap Up & Closing Remarks SLREN
Thursday, 24 August 2023
LIBSENSE Policy Development Workshop
Chair: Prof Rev. Edwin J.J Momoh, Vice-Chancellor & Principal, EBKUST ,
Co-Chair: Prof Marian Conteh-Morgan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, IPAM, University of Sierra Leone
09:30 - 10:30am Pre-planning workshop to form a dedicated task force comprising representatives from relevant ministries, research institutions, and other stakeholders. This group will be responsible for coordinating the policy drafting process and ensuring representation from various sectors.
Tea Break and Networking
SLREN Open Science Infrastructure
Chair: Omo Oaiya, WACREN
Co-Chair: Dr. Thomas Songu, ICT Njala University and CEO SLREN
11:00 - 11:50am 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.
11:50 - 12:00pm Closing Statement
Lunch and Networking