Who is the event for?

We invite all LIBER Participants and Project Partners to join us at the Winter Event. The event will bring together up to 150 attendees for one and a half days of interactive workshops and discussions on the topics at the heart of LIBER’s work. 

How Can I Register?

Registration for the Winter Event will open around the end of September 2023. Keep an eye on the LIBER Website and social media channels for more. 

Theme & Topics

The LIBER Winter Event will be a space for us to connect and gain new inspiration for a range of topics within our field. It serves as a stimulating forum for the presentation and discussion of work undertaken by LIBER Working Groups.

Work that is carried out through the International Projects, studies and initiatives in which LIBER is involved as a partner will also be showcased.

The theme of the 2023 LIBER Winter Event is Come together! Enabling Collaboration and Inclusivity in Research Libraries.

Under this theme, we will showcase how the work conducted in LIBER Working Groups and International Projects is encouraging inclusive and collaborative practices in all areas of research library work 

Topics of Interest

The Topics of Interest for this years Winter Event relate to the components of the LIBER Strategy 2023-2027: 

  • Research Libraries as Engaged and Trusted Hubs 
  • State-of-the-art Services 
  • Advancing Open Science 
  • Upholding Rights and Values in Research Libraries
  • Upskilling the Library Workforce 


  • Thursday 23 November

    8:30-10:00 – Registration

    9:00-10:00 – WGs/ Projects/ SCs meeting (optional)

    10:00-10:15 – Welcome Speeches

    10:15-11:00 – Keynote Speech

    11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

    11:30-13:30 – Parallel Workshops

      • WORKSHOP 1: Managing Open Access Infrastructure with FIML (Organiser: FIM4L Working Group)
      • WORKSHOP 2: How can we design public spaces in libraries to meet our user’s need? (Organiser: LIBER Architecture Group Working Group)
      • WORKSHOP 3: Walls & Bridges: breaking down barriers and building connections in Citizen Science (Organiser: Citizen Science Working Group)
      • WORKSHOP 4:Value-enacted decision making in research libraries (Organiser: HuMetricsHSS Initiative through EUI Library)

    13:30-14:30 – Lunch Break 

    14:30-16:30 – Parallel Workshops

      • WORKSHOP 5: From AI to zero embargoes: how can we work together to address the legal issues facing research libraries today? (Organiser: Copyright and Legal Matters Working Group)
      • WORKSHOP 6: Digital Scholarship & Data Science Essentials for Library Professionals (Organiser: Data Science in Libraries & Digital Scholarship and Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group)
      • WORKSHOP 7: A Long and Winding Road – transforming to OA publishing is a journey, but what comes around the next corner?(Organiser: Open Access Working Group)
      • WORKSHOP 8: Resilient Leadership (Organiser: Leadership Programmes Working Group)

    16:30-17:00 – Coffee Break

    17:00-18:00 – UnConference Session: Engage!

    20:00-23:00 – Dinner in the city centre (Optional)

  • Friday 24 November

    9:00-10:00 – WGs/ Projects/ SCs meeting (optional)

    10:00-11:00 – Parallel Workshops

      • WORKSHOP 9: Research Data Management Support Service Models at Universities (Organiser: Research Data Management Working Group & Data Science in Libraries)
      • WORKSHOP 10: Exploring the aspects of Upskilling and Education on Citizen Science (Organiser: CeOS_SE Project)
      • WORKSHOP 11: Contributing to Open Science Infrastructure – the future of Open Research Europe (Organiser: Open Research Europe (ORE) Project)

    11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break 

    11:30-12:30 – Parallel Workshops Continue

    12:30-13:30 – Closing Ceremony

    13:30-14:30 – Lunch Break

    14:00-16:00 – WGs/ Projects/ SCs meeting (optional)

    14:30-16:30 – Social Programme: Visit the Historical Archives of the European Union (Optional)


LIBER’s Winter Event 2023 will take place at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

EUI, Florence: We are a uniquely international research university.  

The EUI is the leading institute in Europe dedicated to social sciences and humanities. Founded in 1972 by the six original members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a transnational hub of research and higher learning. Our educational offer includes tailor-made doctoral, postdoctoral, master, and executive education programmes in a vibrant community of scholars from over 60 countries. 


Badia Fiesolana
Via dei Roccettini 9,
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 399, Monday-Friday 8.00-19.00  

View the Campus Map

Read more details to help you arrive in at the venue.  

[Photo provided by EUI Communications Office] 

Staying in Florence?

Florence is a historical city with many areas to explore. Depending on your needs, the EUI has put together a list of hotels in three different areas: 

  • Historic CentreSanta Maria Novella Area 
  • Florence Centre – Piazza della Libertá  
  • Fiesole – near the European University Institute  

View the list of recommended hotels for details.   

Read more detailed information about public transport in Florence.

[Photo by Alessia Paggi on Unsplash] 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the event or the call for proposals, feel free to contact us via email: winterevent@libereurope.org