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FORCE2016 Research Communication and eScholarship Conference
“Building Bridges, Connecting Knowledge”


Twitter Hashtag:  #FORCE2016

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Register !

Early Bird deadline is March 18. $350 ($125 for students). Click here to register!
After March 18, registration is $450 ($135 for students) and onsite will be $550 ($150 for students).


This year’s theme “Building Bridges, Connecting Knowledge”​ focuses on sharing information globally in accessible and expedited ways. Examples include:
  • Patient and clinical trials data sharing: beyond the literature;
  • The significance and opportunities for emerging nation, rural community, and citizen science in the global data ecosystem;
  • New and emerging trends in scholarly publishing for scholarly objects;
  • New constructs for transparency in scholarly communications;
  • Revitalizing the skillsets of emerging and current researchers for digital dissemination;
  • Balancing the demands of openness and security in ethical ways; and
  • Changing incentive and attribution structure to promote a health research ecosystem

Keynote Speakers

Monday, April 18
John Brownstein, PhD.
Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children's Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Co-Creator, HealthMap
Tuesday, April 19, opening session
Cassidy, Sugimoto, PhD.
Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington
Tuesday, April 19, closing session
Philip Bourne, PhD.
Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health
See our website for speaker bios.

Workshops and Conference Agenda

We have a great lineup for an engaging day of workshops on Sunday, April 17!
There are 18 workshops and meetings, plus three hackathon sessions. Topics include: data discovery, open education, privacy and data sharing, software citation, the research ecosystem, visualizing research, and innovations in scholarly communication.
View schedule and sign up for sessions via FORCE11 web site’s detailed agenda for Sunday, or at, or on the mobile site.

Conference Agenda

Our conference agenda is now complete. Please see our website for details. 

Innovation Challenge

Think…. how could you make a real difference to research communications? Are you looking for like-minded people, and would a seed fund of $1.5K help kick-start your project? As part of its commitment to collaboration, transparency and innovation, the FORCE16 conference is updating its 1K Challenge session and encourages all delegates (both actual and virtual) to participate.
Participants will create up to a 3 minute video using the Jisc Elevator Pitch Tool ( We will publicize these video clips to all Force2016 participants and then each team will be able to pitch their idea in-person at the Innovation Session on Tuesday April 19 at 2:30pm. We will conduct live voting during the Innovation Pitch session and will determine up to 2 winners. Each winning individual or team will receive a $1500 (U.S. dollar) cash prize to support seeding or building their idea as well as $2000 (U.S. dollar) in travel funding to bring this developed idea back to the next Force Conference or to another conference chosen by the winner. 

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