Unlocking Knowledge Conference

When: 06.03.2024
Where: Town Hall Europe, Sq. de Meeûs 5, 1000 Brussels
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Knowledge institutions – educational, research, and cultural heritage institutions – are an important part of the critical infrastructure of modern societies and economies. They play a crucial role in enabling European citizens to access information and contribute to an environment that is favourable to innovation and the creation of new knowledge. Unfortunately, these institutions face many hurdles when it comes to fulfilling their missions due to, among other things, a lack of harmonisation, legal uncertainty and fear of litigation.

On 6th of March, from 1500h to 1700h, COMMUNIA will host the “Unlocking Knowledge Conference” at Town Hall Europe, which will bring together academics, representatives of civil society and EU policymakers to discuss how to enable knowledge institutions to play a bigger part in creating a flourishing information ecosystem.


15:00-15:10: Opening remarks by Teresa Nobre and Paul Keller (both COMMUNIA)

15:10-15:55: Panel I – Legal uncertainty and exposure to liability when working with copyrighted materials


Moderated by Teresa Hackett (EIFL)

16:00-16:45: Panel II – Obstacles to use digital formats, due to refusals to licence by rightholders


  • Bernd Justin Jütte (Professor, University College Dublin)
  • MEP Karen Melchior (Renew Europe)
  • Stephen Wyber (IFLA)

Moderated by Teresa Nobre

16:45-17:00: Closing remarks by Felix Reda (former MEP and COMMUNIA member)

After the panels, we invite you to stay for a chance to network and exchange ideas over some finger food and wine.

If you would like to join us for the event, register now.

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