Astrid Söderbergh Widding

Astrid Söderbergh Widding is a Professor of Cinema Studies and President of Stockholm University since 2013.

Her keynote speech at LIBER 2019 is entitled ‘In Transition to Open Science – A Perspective from a President’s Point of View’. Astrid describes the talk as follows:

“While it is easy to agree about the general vision of Open Science, the task to actually make the transition happen is not all that easy. Politicians, publishers, research financers, libraries, university managements – and last but not least the researchers themselves – all want, and need, to have their say. The divergent opinions on Plan S is but one example of the complexity of these questions. This paper attempts to outline some corner stones in a basic strategy for making the transition to Open Science possible, while also taking into consideration the stumbling stones that may threaten the process, from the perspective of university leadership.”

More about Astrid Söderbergh Widding

Astrid holds a PhD from Stockholm University and is a Reader at the University of Turku. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Since 2019, she is chair of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, and since 2016 chair of the BIBSAM consortium and of the Open Access Group at the National Library of Sweden, and former member (until 2018) of the Advisory Council at the National Library.

Her full biography and CV, and her blog, can be found on the Stockholm University website.

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