PKP Five Reasons Why: #5 Location, Location, Location

November 8th, 2019 by  | Comments Off on PKP Five Reasons Why: #5 Location, Location, Location

Back in August, we launched a five-part series aptly named “Five Reasons Why” to entice participants from around the world to attend PKP 2019, our 7th International Scholarly Publishing Conference at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) November 20-22, 2019. With just one week left until registration ends on November 15, we present not only our final reason, but some exciting activities for those already registered. 

PKP 2019 is co-hosted by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain. Located 20 km west of Barcelona (and accessible by train), UAB is a relatively young campus (founded in 1968) that according to their website, has “already consolidated itself amongst the 200 best universities in the world within the main university rankings and is located within the top 10 new universities with greatest international projection and prestige.”

Our sprint, workshops, and presentations will all be held on campus where you’ll have a chance to explore this amazing university. Our friends at UAB have also arranged several activities to get you out and about. Here are five ways you can experience Barcelona during PKP 2019:

UAB Sprint Dinner (Monday, November 18, 20h30)

Attending the UAB Sprint before the conference? As a thank you for everyone’s hard work, participants are invited to a complimentary dinner in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Learn more here.

Open Access Escape Room (Wednesday, November 20, 12h30 / 17h00)

Save the open access (OA) universe! UAB’s Servei de Biblioteques (University Library) is hosting a free escape room for workshop attendees. Take a break and have some fun while testing your OA knowledge. There are two time slots available: one over the lunch hour (between workshops) and another following the last workshop. Want to be one of our 12 heroes? Space is limited so sign-up ASAP:

Opening Reception (Wednesday, November 20, 19h00 – 22h00)

Sant Cugat del Vallès is located north of Barcelona, near UAB. Our opening reception will be held at the Celler Modernista, Museu Sant Cugat. Tickets are just $10 USD (available online only with conference registration). The evening includes welcome speeches, a keynote by PKP founder John Willinsky, light refreshments, entertainment, and a tour of the wine cellar. Special thanks to the Ajuntament de Sant Cugat for their contribution and support.

Dine-Around (Thursday, November 21, 20h30)

Hate dining alone but want to try local cuisine? Our hosts at UAB have made reservations at several restaurants for Thursday, November 21. If you’ve registered for the conference, a link to a “Dine-Around” form along with further instructions will be sent to you. Participants are responsible for all costs and must pay for their meals, beverages, and gratuity. 

Barcelona Cultural Tour (Friday, November 22, 19h30)

See the sights after the conference! UAB has arranged a walking tour for conference attendees. Learn about the city’s most important buildings on a 1.5-2 hour walking tour through Barcelona’s downtown neighbourhoods. The cost will depend on the number of participants (~10-20 €), payable at the event. Reserve your spot online (first come, first served): Maximum 30 participants.

When asked for interesting and/or lesser known facts about Barcelona to share with our community, our hosts at UAB replied,

“The most interesting thing you will find in Barcelona in November is the PKP meeting. This time the conference will be a little different, with tracks to talk about PKP organization and tools, but also trying to get a wider view to reflect about open access and to help newcomers join the community.”

We couldn’t agree more. This year’s location is as much about the people as it is the region. Big thanks to the hard working team at UAB for their generous support and spirit. To register and learn more about PKP 2019, visit


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