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RDA P17 News: Call for sessions, call for posters, speaker spotlight and more

Alex Delipalta | 10 December 2020

The planning for RDA's 17th plenary is well underway, and we would like to bring a few exciting news and key deadlines to your attention: 

Call for sessions 

Plenary 17 will include all of the main elements of our typical in-person plenary event (breakout sessions, plenary sessions, poster event, networking events, etc.). For those new to RDA, breakout sessions are a large part of the event programme and include the following:

  • Working and Interest Group Sessions
  • Joint Meetings (including multiple working and interest groups)
  • Birds of a Feather Sessions

For Working and Interest Group Sessions and Joint Meetings, the meeting format is typically interactive and informational, giving both group members and new RDA members an opportunity to learn about the groups’ objectives and progress to date and in achieving deliverables, while also collaborating to determine and implement next steps regarding adoption and other related activities.

Birds of a Feathers sessions provide members an opportunity to consider potential topics that could be recommended for the creation of new working and/or interest groups. Topics should be sufficiently distinct from the work of existing groups or BoFs held at recent plenaries.

For P17, breakouts will be scheduled on each day of the meeting at set times. In your submission request, please select which time(s) you and your group will be available to present. Both live and recorded presentations are options, although for recorded presentations, we recommend a representative from your group be available for a live question and answer session. 

There are additional breakout slots available on Friday 23 April 2021 (breakouts 9, 10 and 11), aiming to accomodate international timezones, where BST is a critical issue. We will do our best to accomodate these timezones. 

The deadline for Plenary 17’s Call for Sessions is 12 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC.

To submit your request for a breakout session, please complete the relevant form on this page.  

Call for posters

The call for posters for RDA's 17th Plenary Meeting is now open!  

To participate in the VP17 poster session, please submit an abstract no later than 26  March 2021.  

Call for co-located events

 At P17, we are anticipating another event that will be highly attended either virtually or in person when possible by its highly motivated community.  If your event will be focusing on showcasing your data-related work and/or synergizing with other data experts, co-locating with P17 will provide you an excellent opportunity to meet these objectives.  Please note that co-located events should NOT be organised on the same dates as the plenary meeting (20 – 22 April 2021).

To co-locate with RDA for P17, simply submit your application before 12 February 2021.

The Programme Committee will review all submissions and send out notifications of acceptance by 26 February 2021. Acceptance criteria will be based on the impact of the event as it relates to P17. Upon acceptance, the Organising Committee will assist you in locating a suitable venue or liaise with Edinburgh International Conference Centre for you, should you wish to hold your event at that venue.  If you need support finding a venue prior to the submission close date, please contact  Submit your co-located event application here

Speaker Spotlight

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for RDA P17, Professor Richard Gold (Centre for Intellectual Property Policy) and Dr Jeni Tennison (the Open Data Institute). 

A James McGill Professor, Richard Gold was the founding Director and current director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. He teaches in the area of intellectual property, international intellectual property, comparative intellectual property, innovation policy and intellectual property management. His research generally focuses on the life sciences.

Professor Gold has provided advice to Health Canada, Industry Canada, the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (where he was the lead author of the OECD Guidelines on the Licensing of Genetic Inventions and a report on Collaborative Mechanisms in Life Science Intellectual Property), the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and UNITAID. 

Jeni Tennison is Vice President and Chief Strategy Adviser at the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD in AI from the University of Nottingham, then worked as an independent consultant, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2016, and Vice President in 2020.

She served on the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group from 2011 to 2015 and co-chaired the W3C’s CSV on the Web Working Group. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the Open Contracting Partnership; the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; the UK’s Health Tech Advisory Board; and advises the Board of OpenUK.