15 May 2018

Webinar on Open Material Transfer Agreements

Webinar on Open Material Transfer Agreements

Please join us for a webinar next Tuesday, the 22nd of May 2018 at 11:00 GMT (i.e. 12:00 Amsterdam-Berlin time, 13:00 Athens time)

The speaker is Linda Kahl, Senior Counsel for the BioBricks Foundation. The title of the talk is “Open Material Transfer Agreements”. 

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The moderator will be Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos. This webinar is free and open to all.

To participate and for further information, please contact Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos at least a day prior to the seminar.

Abstract:  Many research institutions, funding bodies, policy makers and journals recognize the benefits of open research practices. Although numerous options now exist for open access publishing and dissemination of scientific data, there is as yet no standard for open sharing and dissemination of research materials. The Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA) was developed as a collaborative effort led by the BioBricks Foundation and the UK OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre to enable researchers to share materials on an open basis. The OpenMTA is designed to work within the practical realities of technology transfer and be sufficiently flexible to accommodate the needs of multiple groups globally. The design goals for the OpenMTA include:

  • Access: Materials available under the OpenMTA are free of any royalty or fees, other than appropriate and nominal fees for preparation and distribution.
  • Attribution: Providers may request attribution and reporting for materials distributed under the OpenMTA.
  • Reuse: Materials available under the OpenMTA may be modified or used to create new substances.
  • Redistribution: The OpenMTA does not restrict any party from selling or giving away the materials, either as received or as part of a collection or derivative work.
  • Nondiscrimination: The OpenMTA supports the transfer of material between researchers at all types of institutions, including those at academic, industry, government and community laboratories.

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