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The theme for the 2015 Congress is "Three Decades of Openness; Two Decades of TRIPS". The theme juxtaposes the beginnings of an aspect of a culture of Openness with that of the establishment of minimum standards of intellectual property protection and the carving of limitations and exceptions within these standards.
The 2015 Congress seeks to produce three outcomes- first, the mobilization of existing scholarly research directly into the hands of civil society advocates, business leaders and policy makers, leading to evidence-based policies and practices; second, the collaborative identification of urgent, global and local research priorities and generation of a joint research/advocacy agenda; and third, the solidification of an inter-disciplinary, cross-sector and global networked community of experts and practitioners focused on public interest aspects of IP policy and practice.
Alongside focused keynote speakers and plenary sessions, the 2015 Global Congress will carry out discussions through 4 parallel “tracks”, in the fields of “Openness”, “Access to Medicines”, “User Rights”, and “IP & Development”. There will also be cross-track sessions to accommodate discussions falling within more than one track.
This year’s Congress will also feature an additional "Room of Scholars". "The Room of Scholars" has been conceptualized as that crosscutting space, not restricted to a particular track but as running along side them. The "Room of Scholars" will be an opportunity for the presentation of longer, more detailed academic research papers on the theme of the Congress.
We invite applications to attend the Congress, including proposals to chair workshops, host panel discussions, or deliver a paper or presentation related to the Congress’s theme.