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Ginny Barbour to Deliver Keynote Address at NISO Plus 2024 Global/Online

Ginny Barbour to Deliver Keynote Address at NISO Plus 2024 Global/Online

June 2024

We are delighted to announce that Professor Virginia (Ginny) Barbour, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), will deliver one of two keynote addresses at the NISO Plus 2024 Global/Online conference. 

A trailblazer in advancing open access and open research, Professor Barbour was trained in the UK in medicine at Cambridge University and University College and Middlesex Hospital medical schools, specializing in hematology. She went on to do a DPhil at Oxford University and post-doctoral research in the US on globin gene regulation. She joined The Lancet in 1999, leaving in 2004 to be one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. From  2015 until 2024 she was director of Open Access Australasia (previously the Australian Open Access Strategy Group). She was involved in the final drafting of the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation in 2021 and is a Plan S Ambassador. 

In addition to her work advocating for open research, she has driven several innovative scholarly communication and publication and research integrity initiatives. She was Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) from 2012 to 2017 and is currently Co-Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) as well as a member of the Australian NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee. She was also an editorial advisor to medRxiv in the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are honored that Dr. Barbour will be delivering a keynote at NISO Plus Global/Online,” said Jason Griffey, NISO’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. “Open science, publishing ethics, and research integrity remain—and will remain for the foreseeable future—hot topics in the information community, and we look forward to hearing her insights on these issues and the current state of scholarly communications.”

You can catch Professor Barbour’s keynote at NISO Plus Global/Online on Tuesday, September 17, 2024. Reserve your place now for early bird rates, good through August 9.