Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium on November 14-16 are officially open! You can apply now at The application form includes the option to request a full travel scholarship, which will be awarded to most participants who require them to attend.

Applications will remain open for 3 weeks—until 23:59 EDT on June 22nd. However, we strongly encourage you to apply early. Acceptance decisions will begin to be made immediately, and if you will need a visa, an early acceptance decision gives you more time for visa processing.

Featuring a program of keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons, participants will build skills in key areas, network with diverse attendees from dozens of nations around the world, and engage with leading speakers. Already confirmed keynote speakers include Patrick Brown and Micheal Eisen, co-founders of the Public Library of Science (PLOS). OpenCon alumni will emerge as powerful catalysts supported by a global network to advance Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.

We need your help to raise awareness about OpenCon 2015, and to recruit as many people as possible to join our fight for Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. You can do this in a few ways:

If you have 1 minute, share these posts on Facebook and Twitter (or write your own); forward this email to others or to relevant email lists;

If you have a few minutes, write a piece about the event for your organization’s newsletter

If you have an hour, put up posters on campus or write a blog post about why you’re going to apply

We’ve created a suite of posts, blogs, graphics and posters to help you do this here.

Finally, we hope you’ll consider hosting an OpenCon satellite event for your community and tuning in for our monthly community calls and webcasts, if you’re not already.

Apply early, and we hope to see you in November!



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