International Open Access Week 2021

“It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity”

This year’s theme intentionally aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component.

Open Science should embrace a diversity of knowledge, practices, workflows, languages, research outputs and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of the scientific community as a whole, diverse research communities and scholars, as well as the wider public and knowledge holders beyond the traditional scientific community, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and social actors from different countries and regions, as appropriate. (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Page 7)

This year’s theme highlights the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation for all producers and consumers of knowledge. The International Open Access Week is a time for the wider community to coordinate in taking action to make openness the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work. Further information can be found on the website of the International Open Access Week. The official twitter hashtag for the week is #OAWeek.

The Helmholtz Association participates in the International Open Access Week through various events and activities – as is outlined in the following. (Should you be aware of an event or activity from Helmholtz that is currently missing from this list, please let us know via 

Events and Activities from the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Open Science Office will organize a Helmholtz Open Science Online Seminar on the topic of “Open Access Publishing – Zooming in on Copyright and CC Licenses” on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 3:00 p. m. to 4:00 p. m.

Further information.


The Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) will offer, among other resources and ongoing activities, the following presentations:


The Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) will present, among other resources and ongoing activities, the following presentations, talks, and tools:

  • Wissenschaftliches Publizieren am KIT: Die Dienste der KIT-Bibliothek, 26.10.2021, 10 Uhr; Further information and registration
  • Open Access für Publikationen und Forschungsdaten: Auflagen der Forschungsförderer EU und HGF, 26.10.2021, 14 Uhr; Further information and registration
  • Open Educational Resources – neue Leitlinien am KIT (OER-Policy)
  • KITopen – das Open-Access-Repository des KIT
  • – die führende deutschsprachige Informationsplattform zu Forschungsdatenmanagement (FDM)
  • Open-Access-Verlag KIT Scientific Publishing

Further information.