Open access event for Ph.D. students and early career researchers

During the international Open Access Week 2017, the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office in conjunction with FORCE2017 is proud to present a free open access talk with discussion for Ph.D. students and early career researchers.

Prof. Cameron Neylon (Curtin University): Future-proofing your career in an open and changing world

Galerie, Kalkscheune, Johannisstraße 2, 10117 Berlin
Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 1.15 to 2.30 pm (doors will open at 12.45 pm)

As early-career researchers you are subject to a lot of well-meaning advice from people who a) mostly have a very narrow experience of what 'career' means and b) made choices and had experience in a world very different to todays. By contrast, you are preparing for a diversity of career and opportunities, and perhaps challenging choices that need to be made in some future world. We can say some things about that world, there will be more transparency, greater criticism, and a much greater expectation of open access and open data in the academy, but also very likely in the wider professional sphere.

What is much harder to say is how fast those changes will take place, and what specific activities will be valued in 5, 10 or 20 years time. Perhaps those traditional publication venues that are recommended to you today will still be important, operating under the same names? Or perhaps they may be a mark against you, of not shifting fast enough to the new model? Will there be more traditional research positions or less? What other jobs might be out there and what evidence will they want of your skills? Will some of our current closed literature even still exist in 20 years time?

Rather than give specific advice, this talk will aim to help you to decide which parts of what advice is most valuable to you, and what advice you may wish to ignore.

Contact: Dr. Paul Schultze-Motel, Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office

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