7-8 November 2019
Europe/Prague timezone

About the conference


This year's conference is dedicated to one of the main topics of contemporary scholarly communication, the issue of open access to scientific information - Open Access (OA). Open Access is now a shared vision of the world’s academic communities, research councils and funding bodies. On 29 April 2019, the Czech Government approved the Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Strategy of the Czech Republic’s Open Access to Scientific Information for 2017–2020. Czech scientists will be obliged to publish in Open Access mode in the near future.

The intention of the conference is to bring the issue of OA closer to Czech scientists, higher education management, early career researchers and senior staff of universities and research organizations. On Thursday, foreign top-level guests will describe the situation in other European countries and reflect on the advantages and drawbacks of different scenarios. On Friday, the conference aims at taking a closer look on the Open Access movement in Czech Republic and its implementation possibilities. What does it mean for Czech scientists, what are the benefits, disavantages and possible difficulties?

Intended audience:

  • Research scholars
  • Higher education management (rectors, vice-rectors for research, deans, directors / vice-directors of research institutes, …)
  • Government officials responsible for research
  • Research Funding Agencies
  • Early career researchers (doctoral candidates, postdocs, junior researchers, …)
  • Non-governmental organisations involved in data gathering, citizen outreach, and knowledge dissemination

Conference will be preceded by Eurodoc Workshop led by Gareth O´Neill, former Eurodoc President. He will explain the concept of Open Science and its participants will look at some key Open Science practices such as Open Access, Open Peer Review, Open/FAIR Data, and Citizen Science

On Thursday the programme will be held in English language, on Friday in Czech (with simultaneous translation Czech-English for foreign guests). The Conference is for free.


Keynote speaker

Keynote speech Making Open Access a reality by David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England and co-chair of the Implementation Task Force for Plan S (cOAlition S) will open the Conference on November 7, 2019.


Programme committee

Markus Dettenhofer – CEITEC Director; Eva Dibuszová – University of Chemistry and Technology Prague Head of Centre for Informatiosn Services; Petr Dvořák – Czech Research Council Vice-president; Eva Hnátková – Eurodoc President; Ralph Schimmer – Max Planck Digital Library Head of Scientific Information Provision; Martin Svoboda – National Library of Technology Director, Aleš Vlk – Tertiary Education & Research Institute



The KRECon Conference is organized by National Library of Technology (NTK) and National Centre for Electronic Information Resources (CzechELib) in cooperation with Eurodoc.



The Conference is held under the aegis of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Government Council for Research, Development and Innovation.