Thursday, 18 May

Enhancing the impact of research through open access publishing

Ms. Johanna Kuhn, OA Partnerships Manager at Springer Nature
Mr. John Sterley, Account Manager at Elsevier​
Dr Lorna Stimson​, Publishing Director at Wiley

Time: 09h00 - 11h00

Enhancing the impact of research through open access publishing refers to the practice of making academic research freely available online to anyone, without paywalls or other barriers. Open access publishing aims to increase the visibility, accessibility, and impact of research by removing the restrictions that traditional publishing models impose.

In this session, publishers will speak about the transformational agreements they signed with SANLiC (a consortium of university libraries in South Africa) that allow South African researchers from universities to publish open access in hybrid journals of some publishers for free without paying article processing charges. In this session, the publishers will explain the terms and conditions and other nuances of these transformational agreements. 

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PowerBi: A tool for data visualisation

Presenter: Ms. Marié Roux, Manager: Research Impact Services, Library and Information Service, Stellenbosch University

Time: 11h00 - 13h00

workshop will be a hands-on introduction to Power BI, available for free through SU’s subscription to Microsoft 365.

Participants will learn the following:
  • How to install the desktop and connect to Microsoft Excel
  • Start visualising data easily with an extensive library of data visualisations.
  • How to build reports and dashboards

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Grant proposal writing for funders: Where to start

Presenter: Dr Tania Brodovcky, Head: Research Capacity Development and Funding, Stellenbosch University
Time: 14h15 - 15h15

Grant proposal writing is a fundamental skill required by researchers seeking funding for their research projects.  This webinar is intended to equip postgraduate students and emerging researchers with the basic skills to approach a research grant proposal with confidence.  It will cover basic grant proposal writing principles and rules of engagement, look at what reviewers are seeking for in grant proposals, and provide some grant writing tips and traps.  It will not cover how to find research funding opportunities.​

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