APO Forum 2018 wrap up

The second APO Annual Forum took place on the 25th of October at Engineer’s Australia – a venue which never fails to impress with its stunning high rise views over Melbourne – where delegates were joined by an impressive array of speakers from around Australia and abroad. 

Theme and topics

This year’s theme: ‘Redesigning the Public Knowledge System: New Tools and Strategies for Research, Policy and Practice’ addressed the global crisis in the production, use and management of publicly funded research and information across all industries.

Held during International Open Access Week in partnership with the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), the second APO Forum responded to the OA Week call to ‘Design the equitable foundations for open knowledge’.  The purpose of this objective was to examine issues affecting research publishing and use in public policy, practice and industry, and to look at how we can change aspects of the system to ensure public knowledge is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (F.A.I.R.), both now and into the future.

The Forum discussions broadly covered:

  • Business models and strategies for reinventing and supporting the public value of knowledge;
  • Innovative publishing and social data platforms;
  • The challenges and opportunities for research engagement and impact, knowledge mobilisation, equity and access, and open government; and
  • The potential and dangers of new technologies and automated decision-making.

Forum Sessions

Note: Videos and slides of the sessions will be made available shortly.

Kicking off the day’s proceedings was Professor Jane Farmer, Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute at Swinburne University and Chair of the APO Advisory Board. Jane also presented APO’s new brand video ‘It’s Good Policy’. Watch the video here:

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APO Forum 2018 – save the date!

The second APO Annual Forum will be held on 25 October 2018 at Engineers Australia in Melbourne. Tickets can be purchased from the Eventbrite page.  Follow updates on Twitter #APOForum2018

In 2017 APO held its first public forum to celebrate our 15 year anniversary and bring together key partners and friends to discuss some of the many pressing issues in the delivery of evidence-informed public policy and better access and use of research. Videos of the presentations are available here.

APO-Forum-2018-Block-(300x250)This was the first of what we now consider to be an annual event. So please mark your calendars for the 2018 APO Annual Forum which will be held on Thursday 25 October in Melbourne – again at the Engineers Australia conference space in the city. It is the day after the Global Evidence and Implementation conference so a great week to be in Melbourne!

If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the program please get in touch with Emily Silvester (esilvester@apo.org.au) or Michelle Zwagerman (mzwagerman@apo.org.au) – it is still very open at this stage. We will be finalising the program in August following discussion with the APO Advisory Board and input from the APO community.