Not for Profit: The role of Universities in Open Science

25 October 2018
25 October 2018

The event will be hosted at the Faculty of Law - Conference room, via Verdi 35

Twenty-years ago, when Open Access and Open Science made their first appearances, the Internet was still a promising instrument to devolve powers and foster democracy. At that time, academic and scientific institutions, which were supposed to function not-for-profit, appeared to be playing a fundamental role in the creation of infrastructures, processes and contents of Open Science.

Today, open science has progressed considerably. There is a large quantity of scientific contents (software, publications and data) that are available free of charge and may be reused, as licensed under open licences such as Creative Commons.

  • But what is exactly the role of universities and other non-profit academic or scientific bodies in the framework of open science?
  • Can the university still claim a leading role in fostering open science or is it inescapably part of the business mechanism that is dominated by commercial platforms with a huge power to control information?
  • Considering the noticeable influence of commercial publishers’ databases, of general and scientific social networks, and of search engines, what is the right role of universities?
  • Does open science represent a bulwark of university autonomy and academic freedom?

During this one-day conference experts with different and international backgrounds will attempt to answer such questions sharing their experience and vision for open science with participants.


9:15 Institutional greetings


First Session


Prof. Jerome H. Reichman – Duke Law University
When Copyright Law and Science Collide

Prof. Richard Gold – McGill University
Open Science in Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Innovation: The Case of the Montreal Neurological Institute

11.00 Break

Second Session


Prof. Geoffrey Boulton – University of Edinburgh
Universities and the Challenge of Open Science

Dr. Thomas Margoni - University of Glasgow
The challenge of data ownership in open science

13.00 Lunch break


Third Session


Prof. Maria Chiara Pievatolo – University of Pisa
Oltre l'amministrazione: l'università e la scienza che non c'è

Dr. Paola Galimberti – University of Milan
Chi paga e chi legge in Italia? Modelli anacronistici e antidoti

Dr. Elena Giglia – University of Turin
Fra Italia ed Europa: la lunga marcia verso la Open Science

Dr. Paola Gargiulo – AISA
L'implementazione degli archivi aperti della ricerca negli atenei italiani: criticità e prospettive future

16.00 Break


 Fourth Session


Dr. Paolo Guarda – University of Trento
La proposta di policy di Unitn per l’apertura dei dati della ricerca

Prof. Carlo Miniussi - University of Trento
Think Open @ CIMeC

Dr. Lucia Busatta and Dr. Marta Tomasi – University of Trento
BioLaw Journal: i vantaggi dell'open access in chiave multidisciplinare

Dr. Giulia Dore – University of Trento
Un progetto di archivio ad accesso aperto sulla storia del diritto d’autore in chiave comparata

Prof. Giovanna Massari - University of Trento
L’esperienza della rivista XY

Dr. Andrea Tigrino - University of Trento
L’esperienza di Trento Student Law Review

Scientific Committee

Prof. Roberto Caso, University of Trento
Prof. Paolo Guarda, University of Trento
Dott. ssa Giulia Dore, University of Trento


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