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Libraries as enablers of scientific research – 27/28 April 2023, National Science Library, Tbilisi, Georgia

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Together with GRENA the National Research and Education Network of Georgia and the National Science Library of Georgia, the EaPConnect project is delighted to announce the two-day workshop that will take place at the National Science Library in Tbilisi on 27-28 April 2023.

The history of the National Science Library of Georgia shows the evolution of libraries from repositories of books to open science forerunners. Together with 4 million printed books the National Science Library offers a wide range of open electronic infrastructures including an open-source online catalogue,, an open journals system-based platform,, an open source system repository of non-scientific resources, and, the first open source and open access library repository of scientific works in Georgia. Such evolution could not have been possible without the support of GRENA providing reliable connectivity and services geared to meet the requirements of the Research and Education community in the country.

This event aims to emphasise the role and function of libraries in the development of science. In the digital age, offering open e-infrastructures has become an important aspect of libraries, and the event aims to explore this topic from different aspects. In addition, this workshop aims to bring together representatives from different countries who are working on developing e-infrastructures for the scientific community or are already managing them. In the welcoming setting of the National Science Library of Georgia participants will have the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, plan future partnerships, develop ideas and start building an international community.

Register here to participate

The programme will feature presentations from Georgian and international experts from national libraries, open science, research and education networking and the EU.  Here’s the lineup of confirmed speakers:

Sarah Jones, GÉANT and EOSC

Milica Ševkušić,  EIFL, Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Embedding Open Sciencerelated skills in library career profiles and practice

Arjan Xhelaj, RASH, Albania

Dr. Ebru Kaya, Bilkent University Library, Turkey
Library and Publisher Collaborations for Transformative Agreements

Viorica Lupu, The Scientific Library,  Technical University of Moldova
Ina Nicuta, The Scientific Library, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
The role of academic libraries in the Open Science landscape in the Republic of Moldova

Oleksandra Rodyhina, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’s library, Ukraine
Development and Implementation of the Open Science Policy in a University: The Practices of Scientific and Technical Library of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute

Błażej Betański, dLibra and DinGO, PSNC, Poland
Building modern e-Libraries using dLibra system

Georgios Glossiotis, National Library of Greece, Greece
The National Library of Greece as a hub of research and scientific information

Ramaz Kvatadze, GRENA, Georgia

Erekle Astakhishvili, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Georgia

Mariam Betsiashvili, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Georgia

Nino Inasaridze, Horizon Europe

Nino Parsadanashvili, Tiblisi State University Office, Horizon Europe, Georgia

For further information, please contact Neringa Jackevice

Funded by the European Union, EaPConnect is part of the European initiative EU4Digital. The project aims to unite the research and education communities of the EU and the EaP partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) as well as reduce the digital divide.

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