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Register at (using code FAIRCONVERGE1) to attend this FREE, entirely VIRTUAL event.  Once registered you will be able choose sessions to attend, obtain the virtual attendance information and view pre-recorded talks.

The FULL Programme can be viewed in the Cvent Platform or at

There is also a programme overview at

The International FAIR Convergence Symposium, will provide a unique forum for advancing international and cross-domain convergence around FAIR.  The FAIR Convergence Symposium comprises over 50 parallel session divided along five thematic strands:

  1. FAIR for Crisis Reduction and Response
  2. FAIR Specifications
  3. FAIR Society
  4. FAIR Data Stewardship
  5. Strand 5: (Major Developments in) FAIR Convergence

Information about plenary sessions is now available.  To get the most out of the plenary sessions, please register and watch the pre-recorded talks!

Plenary Session 1: International Open Science in 2020, Fri 27 Nov, 11:00-13:00 (UTC).  Prerecorded talks and a panel discussion featuring:

  • Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Peter Gluckman, President Elect, International Science Council
  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, professor of Open Science Policies and Practices, Free University of Brussels

Plenary Session 2: Convergence for Global Open Science Infrastructures, Mon 30 Nov, 11:00-12:00 (UTC).  Prerecorded talks and a panel discussion featuring:

  • Mazlan Othman, Executive Director International Science Council Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
  • Rosie Hicks, CEO of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
  • Li Jianhui, Director of Science and Technology Cloud Department
  • at the Computer Network information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Karel Luyben, Rector Magnificus Emeritus of the Delft University of Technology and chair of the Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
  • Robert J. Hanisch, Director of the Office of Data and Informatics, Material Measurement Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Tshiamo Motshegwa, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Botswana and member of the SADC Cyberinfrastructure WG.

Plenary Session 3: FAIR Convergence, Mon 30 Nov, 12:00-13:00 (UTC).  Prerecorded talks and a panel discussion featuring:

  • Barend Mons, Professor of Biosemantics, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), co-founder of GO FAIR and president of CODATA.
  • Luiz Bonino, Associate Professor, Services and CyberSecurity group at the University of Twente’ Associate Professor of the BioSemantics group at the Leiden University Medical Centre; and International Technology Coordinator of the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office
  • Erik Schultes, International Science Coordinator at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office
  • Barbara Magagna, Umweltbundesamt, Vienna.
  • Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, head of the Software Engineering Group at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Simon Cox, head of the Environmental Information Infrastructure team, CSIRO
  • Arofan Gregory, technology and standards consultant working with CODATA and DDI
  • Robert J. Hanisch, Director of the Office of Data and Informatics, Material Measurement Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Plenary Session 4: Crisis Reduction and Response and the Role of FAIR Data, Fri 4 Dec, 11:00-13:00 (UTC).

Live keynote from Prof. Antoine Flahault, Université de Genève, on ‘COVID-19: Precision Epidemic Forecasting using critical data’.  Prof. Antoine Flahault is Director of the Institute of Global Health at the Université de Genève.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been a prominent scientific and epidemiological commentator, making the case for the specific, detailed and nuanced application of data and science in the response to the sanitary crisis.

Prerecorded talks and a panel discussion featuring:

  • Peter Gluckman, President Elect, International Science Council
  • Priyanka Pillai, academic specialist in bioinformatics and software programming, University of Melbourne
  • Francisca Onaolapo Oladipo, Director, Research, Innovations and International Relations at Kampala International University, Uganda; and Professor of Computer Science at Federal University Lokoja, Nigeria
  • Bapon Fakhruddin, expert climate change risk assessor, Tonkin+Taylor, NZ
  • Chifundo Kanjala, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Malawi Epidemiology Intervention and Research Unit

The session will be chaired by Prof. Virginia Murray, Public Health England,  and CODATA Executive Committee.