September 14, 2022

Open Access Week 2022: Open for Climate Justice

Lightning Talks Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended to October 6th

Contact: Erica Finch USU Libraries |

USU Libraries invites current faculty, staff, and students at all levels of study to submit lightning talk proposals for consideration for Open Access (OA) Week 2022: Open for Climate Justice. Open Access Week will take place Oct. 24 through 28. The lightning talk event will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 12:00pm.

Climate Justice is an explicit acknowledgement that the climate crisis has far-reaching effects, and the impacts are not being borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, older and younger generations, and people of all genders. These power imbalances also affect communities’ abilities to produce, disseminate, and use knowledge around the climate crisis. Open access can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.

By focusing on Climate Justice, OA Week 2022 seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries.


Successful proposals will show evidence of being lively, fast-paced and thought provoking, while reflecting on the following:

  • Who are the people, organizations, or institutions that would benefit from your research but lack access to the types of research support and information resources we have at USU?
  • How does making your work openly available for these audiences promote climate justice?
  • What steps do you plan to take or have you taken to ensure your work is openly available to these audiences?

Lightning Talk Format

Each presenter will have 5 minutes total. There will be no additional time for Q&A following individual presentations. The audience will be asked to save their questions until all talks have been completed.

An accompanying slideshow must be comprised of 10 slides, with the slideshow set to auto-advance every 30 seconds.

We expect, at maximum, six lightning talk proposals will be accepted for this event.

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted through the online form and will be accepted until 11:59pm MT, Thursday, October 6th.

Due to time constraints, there is only one presenter permitted for each lightning talk.

For questions about the submission process, please contact Erica Finch,

Submission Timeline

  • October 2: Deadline to submit lightning talk proposals
  • October 6: Notification of acceptance of lightning talk proposal
  • October 26: Deadline to submit lightning talk slideshow
  • October 27: Open for Climate Justice Lightning Talks at Merrill-Cazier Library

Proposal Selection Criteria

The committee will be using a rubric to score the proposals during a double-blind review process. The rubric evaluates each proposal on:

  • Clarity of topic, particularly how presenter will achieve presentation objectives in five minutes
  • Relevance to the topic of climate justice
  • Evidence of commitment to open access
  • Potential for being a lively and thought-provoking talk
  • Demonstrated expertise of the presenter on the topic

Presenter Benefits

All presenters will receive a $100 gift card as a thank-you for participating in this event.

Submit Your Proposal