Guest Speakers

We have an exciting line-up of speakers including:

RalfDr Ralf Schimmer, Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library. Dr Schimmer is responsible for the electronic resources licensing programme for the Max Planck Society and for a broad range of Open Access and other information services. A frequent co-organiser of the Berlin conferences on Open Access since 2003, he manages the Open Access publication charge agreements of the Max Planck Society. Currently, he chairs the Governing Council of SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in particle physics, and is project manager for ‘Open Access 2020’, the Max Planck-initiated Open Access transformation initiative. He also serves on a variety of national and international committees and is a frequent member of the library advisory boards of publishers.


Prof-BowaProfessor Ahmed Bawa is a theoretical physicist. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa (USAf). He has held numerous other leadership positions including Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Durban University of Technology, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Natal and then at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served as the Program Officer for Higher Education in Africa with the Ford Foundation. Ahmed Bawa holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham, in the UK. He has published in the areas of high energy physics, nuclear physics, higher education studies, science education and to some extent in the area of science and society. He served on a number of policy development teams in the post-1994 period. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa as well as the Academy of Science of South Africa. He also served as Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Research Development and later on the Board of the National Research Foundation and was Vice-Chair of the Board of the Atomic Energy Corporation. He serves on several international advisory boards.


Adriana3Dr Adriana Marais, recently appointed Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, is a quantum biophysicist, best known as one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in 2026. Dr Marias will share insights as a researcher, inspire delegates and remind the conference why, despite the disruption, it is an exciting time in the four billion year history of life on Earth to be alive!


Bernard-RentierProfessor Bernard Rentier was the Rector of the University of Liège from 2005 to 2014. He is a virologist and immunologist by training and author of over 200 scientific publications focusing on influenza, measles and chicken pox. He founded Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) and is its current president. EOS is an international association whose purpose is to persuade the world’s rectors, vice-chancellors and university presidents of the benefits of OA, and to tutor them in how best to achieve it. Prof. Bernard Rentier is described by OA guru Stevan Harnad as is the first rector to fully grasp and fully act upon OA. He will be sharing his leadership insights via a video conference link.


KamranKamran Naim is Strategic Development Manager for the nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews in Palo Alto, California, and is also a Doctoral Candidate and Research Lead at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. His interests span the breadth of scholarly publishing from issues relating to access (particularly examining new models for open access), accessibility, and usability of research information. He has worked extensively in the developing world working to implement technical solutions to support capacity building through broader access and visibility of research. At Annual Reviews, he works to advance the organization’s mission to support and advance research communities through a range of innovative programs that seek to maximize the positive impact of science on humanity.

Topics to be covered will include:
  • SA Higher Education Crisis and libraries
  • Open Access 2020
  • The library as a publisher and digital publishing
  • Discovery and Supporting researchers
  • Information for all
  • Essential Library skills
  • Publisher products and offerings
  • ConsortiaManager
  • License Agreements and the law
  • Negotiation skills
  • Understanding and managing workflows
  • SANLiC Member strategy session (by invitation)

Call for papers

If you believe you have a relevant paper to present or a workshop you would like to facilitate, or would like to recommend someone else, please email details including the topic, format and a short abstract to the SANLiC administrator as soon as possible.