The 2014 Ambassadors conference event has been supported by:






Max Planck Digital Library is the central service unit within the Max Planck Society. Over the last decade, the MPDL supports the President of the Max Planck Society within the scope of its Open Access policy. Furthermore, the MPDL harbors a dedicated team for Open Access support, provides an Open Access enabled repository (MPG.PuRe) supports dedicated in-house Open Access Journals, runs various systems for novel, open forms of scientific communication, maintains many Green and Gold Open Access related contracts with publishers and systematically works towards additional and further optimized Open Access agreements with information service providers.
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Kai Geschuhn – Open Access Coordination & License Management of the MPDL – fosters Open Access strategies within the Max Planck Digital Library. She is a member of the Open Access working groups of the Max Planck Society, the Alliance of German Science Organization and part of the programme committee of the German Open Access Days. Kai formerly worked as a librarian at a biomedical research institute where she was giving lectures on scientific publishing and Open Access at the institute’s graduate school. Additionally she has been teaching information literacy at Hamburg University.

Dr. Sandra Vengadasalam – MPDL Coordination & Strategy– is responsible for future developments and the realization of ideas at the MPDL. As a former researcher in molecular biology and biochemistry she supports Open Access passionately since years but also knows the challenges of publishing Open Access in science. Moreover, Sandra looks for signals both inside and outside the Max Planck Society that could indicate success or opportunities to enhance the Open Access movement.




PhDnet – The Network of The Max Planck PhD students – is the exchange-platform among doctoral students at Max-Planck-Institutes since April 2003. One main aim of this network is to improve the qualification of all PhD students within the MPS. PhDnet brings together students from different institutes in informative and exciting workshops, meetings or seminars. PhDnet focus also on Open Access and try to increase the open access movement especially within the young generation.
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Prateek Mahalwar – PhD Student at The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology – works on pattern formation in zebrafish in the lab of Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. Besides his PhD, Prateek is part of the steering committee of PhDnet and represents PhD students of the Biomedical Section in the Max Planck Society. He joined the Open Access movement as a co-organizer of Berlin 11 satellite conference, 2013 in Berlin. He is involved in educating and advocating about Open Access among early stage researchers because he thinks that they are the future of science and could revolutionize the research communication.




FOSTER – Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research – supports the OPEN ACCESS AMBASSADORS event. FOSTER aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to foster Open Science in their daily workflow, thus supporting researchers optimizing their research visibility and impact, the adoption of EU Open Access policies in line with the EU objectives on Responsible Research & Innovation. FOSTER especially concentrates on young researchers, in providing support for adopting Open Access in the context of the European Research Area (ERA).
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