The forum structure and agenda will be based on design thinking to cultivate discourse and a solutions-based approach. The goal is to facilitate participants’ abilities to understand and assess which OA strategies might be appropriate for repurposing spends at their own institutions, to engage participants in exploring insights shared by others about the implications of implementing those strategies, and to support participants in outlining or developing their own action plans.

As the forum will not include presentations in the traditional sense, but instead will be based around discourse, we are engaging facilitators rather than speakers to help guide discussions on given OA publishing strategies.

This overall information-sharing and discussion-centered format strives to achieve a balance between deeper engagement with the OA strategies and meaningful opportunities to frame or advance along next steps–including through alignment or partnership with similarly-interested institutions or communities.  As we also hope is clear from the Pathways toolkit and our About page, the forum will give voice to strategies within all OA approaches, with the understanding that each institution or author community might wish to support a range of strategies and approaches.


  • Tuesday, October 16: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (check-in and breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM), plus ideating and networking reception 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 17: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM)

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided on both days. Light appetizers will be provided during the Tuesday night ideating and networking session.

View the draft agenda