The convention centre is an impressive glass structure that reportedly resembles an upside-down Guinness glass. Inside, the "Debate on Scientific Publishing and Open Access" is in full swing. Panelist professor Maria Leptin, director of the European Molecular Biology Organization EMBO, and Phil Campell, chief editor of Nature, profess in surprising unison that open access to scientific findings is vital – but the framework conditions need to be sensible, and the commercial side has to be reasonable as well.
Naturally, professor Regina Palkovits, a chemist very involved in the AcademiaNet project, takes part as well. The stand and the video project attract the attention of many participants - this is how we also get the attention of Pulitzer-winning American journalist Deborah Blum.
tweet – an uncomplicated way to share impressions and images of the conference, as well as locate other social media activists at ESOF. And time and again, stressed out participants come to our stand for mints in small AcademiaNet tins, and for the Irish green AcdemiaNet keychains with our motto: "The key to finding exceptional women in science." (© AcademiaNet)