Programme Overview

Below are the key events for IDW 2018, including several open and closed meetings that will run parallel to IDW activities, and subject to change. Please check back periodically for updates.

Click here for the RDA12 programme, part of IDW2018. 

Thursday-Friday, 1-2 November

09:00 ICICIS Conference (Open Meeting)

Friday, 2 November

Time TBC IDW Pre-Conference Workshop: Library Consortium (Open Meeting)

Saturday, 3 November

Time TBC

Sunday, 4 November

Times TBC
  • - AOSP TAB Meeting (Closed Meeting)
  • -CODATA International Data Policy Committee Working Meeting (Closed Meeting)
  • -RDA for Newcomers
  • -RDA Funders Forum (Closed Meeting)
15:30 - 18:00
  • -RDA TAB and Working/Interest Group Chair Meeting (Closed Meeting)

Monday, 5 November

08:30 - 09:30 Registration Open
09:30 - 11:00

Opening Plenary Session with Welcome & Dignitary Addresses

His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 Science and Data in Africa: High Level Strategy Panel
11:30 - 13:00 SciDataCon and RDA Breakout Sessions
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 -15:30 RDA Breakout Sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30

Plenary Session on Data and Health

Phaik Yeong Cheah, Associate Professor at Oxford University and Head of Dept at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unity

Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance

Panel Discussion 

Time TBC
(May be morning or evening event)
Women in RDA Networking Event (Open Meeting)
17:30 - 19:00 International Data Week Welcome Reception and Poster Session

Tuesday, 6 November

08:30 - 9:30

Plenary Session on Science policy & the future of science

Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Q&A

09:30 - 11:00 RDA Breakout Sessions
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 RDA Breakout Sessions
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 SciDataCon Breakout Sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 SciDataCon Breakout Sessions
17:30 - 19:00 RDA Plenary Session: Business & Adoption

Wednesday, 7 November

08:30 - 09:30

Plenary Session on Pan-African infrastructure investment

Jörg Helmschrot, Director of Science and Technology and Capacity Development, SASSCAL 

Rob Adam, Director, South African Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope

Panel Discussion

09:30 - 11:00 SciDataCon Breakout Sessions
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 SciDataCon Breakout Sessions
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 SciDataCon and RDA Breakout Sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 RDA Breakout Sessions
17:30 - 19:00 RDA Organisational Plenary Sessions 
19:00 IDW2018 Cultural Dinner, Grand Palm

Thursday, 8 November

08:30 - 09:30

Plenary Session on Data Science

Ian Foster, Director, Data Science and Learning Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Fosca Giannotti, Director of Research, Information Science and Technology Institute “A. Faedo”, Italian National Research Council

Panel Discussion

09:30 - 11:00 RDA Breakout Sessions
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 SciDataCon Breakout Sessions
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 SciDataCon Breakout Sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30

Plenary Session on Data and Scholarly communications

Elizabeth Marincola, Senior Advisor for Communications and Advocacy, African Academy of Sciences

Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg

Simeon Materechera, Director, Indigenous Knowledge Systems Center, North West University 

Panel Discussion

17:30 - 18:00 IDW2018 Closing Plenary Session

Friday, 9 November

Times TBC  
  • Regional Data Infrastuctures Workshop (Closed Meeting)
  • WDS 'Data Repositories Day' (Open Meeting)
  • CODATA General Assembly (Closed Meeting)
  • Wellcome African and Asia Pogramme IT and Data Managers Network (Closed Meeting)

Saturday, 10 November

Times TBC  
  • CODATA General Assembly (Closed Meeting)
  • Wellcome African and Asia Pogramme IT and Data Managers Network (Closed Meeting)