EPT awards Iryna Kuchma for her advocacy of OA

15 Feb 2013

EPT logoOn 13th of February 2013, the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development announced the winner of its 2nd Annual Award, in 'recognition of the effort made by individuals working in the developing and emerging countries in the furtherance of Open Access (OA) to scholarly publications'.

This year, the five EPT Trustees panel unanimously agreed the Award should be given to Iryna Kuchma, EIFL-OA Programme Manager.

Iryna was recognized for EIFL-OA programme's many achievements, including: 


  • The establishment of more than 510+ Open Repositories in EIFL's network of 46 developing and transition countries
  • The development of more than 3,400+ Open Access Journals in EIFL parnter countries
  • The development of 38 OA policies in EIFL parnter countries ( for a list of the policies which have been adopted, click here).

EIFL would like to congratulate Iryna on receiving this distinguished Award!

We would also like to acknowledge the recognition of the EPT Trustees of Susan Veldman with an award of a certificate of commendation for 'all of her efforts in the progress of OA'.  Susan is currently the manager of the SciELO - South Africa. She worked with EIFL from 2005 until 2008 as the Licensing Programme Manager and also spent part of her time on EIFL-OA programme activities before Iryna joined us on a full-time basis in 2008.


      • Read the full press release on EPT's website