2012 Conference

Networks: The building blocks for sustainable development

The 2012 Publishers for Development conference, held in Oxford last week, saw publishers come together with librarians from across Africa, Asia and Latin America to discuss ways in which research and higher education can be strengthened in developing countries.

Publishers have been urged to look beyond ‘flagship’ universities and research institutes in developing countries to support national research and library consortia. The conference demonstrated that few institutions are able to meet the scale of need for research and higher education capacity across all subjects and disciplines. Strengthening national higher education systems means that support needs to extend beyond ‘flagship’ universities, and networks of researchers and institutions can play an important role.

The conference also considered how to ensure that research has a real impact on development. Researchers need to consider their work beyond publication, universities need to improve their relationships with the end users of research, and policymakers need to understand why research evidence matters.

Presentations of the day are available on the 2012 Conference presentations page.

Networks: The building blocks for sustainable development — press release (PDF 205kb)