Sustainability Summit 2023

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We are excited to announce our 2023 Summit

20-21 July 2023
at the University of Tennessee

Hear from funders and other scientific data repositories to gain knowledge and tools to achieve sustainability goals for long-term data preservation.

Learning objectives:

  1. Knowledge of the UNESCO Open Science Toolkit, particularly the section on Funding Open Science and other relevant materials.
  2. Understanding what a sustainability plan is, and why it is needed.
  3. Begin/finish worksheets to understand what data is left to uncover to complete your plan.
  4. Learn how to successfully describe and communicate your needs.

We are inviting you to East Tennessee

We are excited to invite you to East Tennessee, the home of the World Data System International Program Office.

The Sustainability Summit will take place at the University of Tennessee Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37916.

    Registration is Free

    Limited Number of Seats

    Register soon to reserve yours

    Use the Registration Link Below

    WDS is using Glue Up for event management


    20 July 8AM to 5PM Eastern

    21 July 8AM to 1PM Eastern


    Sessions include:

    What is a Sustainability Plan?

    Peers Speaking to Peers on how they found Sustainability

    Value Propositions

    Know you Funder

    Funder’s Point of View

    Communicating your Need

    Speakers include:

    • Meredith Goins, Executive Director, World Data System International Program Office
    • Suzie Allard, Chancellor’s Professor & Board of Visitors’ Professor at The University of Tennessee in the School of Information Sciences and Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication and Information (CCI) and Director of the CCI Research & Innovation Center
    • David Castle, Professor in the School of Public Administration and the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria and Researcher in Residence at the Office of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada



    WDS has reserved rooms at The Graduate and Cumberland House Knoxville. Please email to receive the reservation codes for the hotels. You will be responsible for making your reservation.

    WDS has also reserved lower cost accommodations at University of Tennessee residence halls. You will need to provide your own linens and toiletries. Please email to reserve a room through WDS at a residence hall. 


    Visitors may park at Volunteer Hall (1545 White Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916). More information at UT Parking Services.

    Ground Transportation

    For information on rental cars, ride sharing, and taxis, click here


    The closest airport to the University of Tennessee is McGhee Tyson Airport. Visit for more information. The airport is approximately 11 miles from campus. 

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