Max Planck Society MBL HHMI


Organizing committee

  • Prudence Adler, Associate Executive Director, Federal Relations and Information Policy, Association of Research Libraries
  • Georg W. Botz, Open Access Policy Advisor, Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society
  • Christoph Bruch, Open Access Policy, Max Planck Digital Library
  • Leslie Chan, Associate Director, BioLine and Program Supervisor, Joint Program in New Media Studies and International Development Studies, University of Toronto
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
  • Melissa Hagemann, Senior Program Manager, Information Program, Open Society Foundations
  • Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
  • Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University, Max Planck Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Charles B. Lowry, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
  • Rick Luce, Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, Emory University
  • Elizabeth Marincola, President, Society for Science and the Public
  • Avice Meehan, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Cathy Norton, Library Scholar, Marine Biological Laboratory, Chair Institutional Council, Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Juergen Renn, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Simone Rieger, Academic Officer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Brent Roe, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries
  • Frank Sander, Head, Max Planck Digital Library
  • Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Digital Library
  • Urs Schoepflin, Director, Research Library, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Bernard Schutz, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
  • Stuart Shieber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
  • Dieter Stein, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Heinrich Heine University
  • Anja Stoeber, Open Access Policy, Max Planck Digital Library
  • Peter Suber, Senior Researcher, SPARC, Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center
  • Winston Tabb, Sheridan Director and Dean of University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
  • Chuck Thomas, Senior Program Officer, Office of Library Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library Services, Stellenbosch University
  • Paul Uhlir, Director, Board on Research Data and Information, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Xiaolin Zhang, Executive Director, National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences

CONFERENCE DIRECTOR: Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs and Operations, SPARC 




About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The currently 80 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. For further information, visit and

About the Marine Biological Laboratory

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.

About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays a powerful role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the country and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research. For more information, visit

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at

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Jennifer McLennan

(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org
Washington, DC

Christoph Bruch

The Max Planck Society
+ 49 (30) 84 13 37 27
bruch [at] mpdl [dot] mpg [dot] de

Andrea Early

Marine Biological Laboratory
(508) 289-7652
aearly [at] mbl [dot] edu
Woods Hole, ME