The Role of Open Access in Australian Agricultural Research?

21 October 2014, ACIPA Workshop, Canberra
Convened by Leanne Wiseman

The Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA) held a free workshop to examine the implications of the shift to open access for Australian agriculture.

The purpose of the workshop was to consider whether Australian based research funding bodies should follow the global trend and adopt open access as a condition of grant funding? It also considered, whether the Rural R&D Corporations should follow the lead of the ARC and NHMRC, who now require open access as a condition of funding? It also asked: what is the place of open access in universities and government funded research organisations who work in the agricultural sphere? The workshop also looked at the tensions that might arise in the context of public-private partnerships and how those potentially conflicting goals might be managed.

The audience was composed of academics, research and development corporations, government departments, industry associations, and various stakeholders in Australian agriculture.


Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO, Australian Research Council (ARC)

Joanna Hicks, Manager, Knowledge Management, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Catriona Dove, Team Leader and Senior Counsel, CSIRO Legal
Open Access - It's Horses for Courses

Dr Graham Mitchell, Principal, Foursight Associates Pty Ltd

Professor Charles Lawson, Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA), Griffith Law School, Griffith University
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