5 - 6 Dec 2017 business design centre, london

2017 Conference Programme

Day One - 5th December 2017

Day Two - 6th December 2017

Day One - 5th December 2017

9:15 - 9:30

Introduction to the conference

9:30 - 10:15

Opening Keynote
Ziyad Marar, President, Global Publishing, SAGE Publishing

10:15-10:30

Break

10:30-11:30

Valuing truth in the age of fake – plenary session
Speaker: Fiona Bradley, Deputy Executive Director, RLUK

Panellists:
Jonathan Clark, Managing Agent, International DOI Foundation
Paul Evans, CEO, Substantive Media
Arthur Weiss, Managing Director, AWARE

In 2017 the word ‘fake’ has entered everyday speech. Although truth and reliability have always been implicit in our industry, issues around verification and reproducibility are now under question across the whole information chain. This session assesses the impact of fake on publishers and information users alike and asks whether it’s time for the information industry to shift its thinking and approach.

11:30 - 11:45

Break

11:45 - 12:45

Birth of the new infotech
Vicky Hampshire, Vice President of Business Development, Yewno
Tahir Mansoori, Founder and Director of R&D, Wizdom.ai
Sadia Shahid, Head of Business Development, Wizdom.ai
David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, Institution of Engineering and Technology

For content owners, brokers and aggregators, technology is increasingly more about exploiting strategic assets than access and entitlement. With semantic enrichment at the heart of the new infotech, this session will look at its impact on the way information is presented and consumed.

11:45 - 12:45

Welcome to the New Impact
Ginny Hendricks, Community Outreach Manager, Metadata 2020
Dan Pollock, Senior Analyst, Delta Think
Dan Filby, CEO, Highwire

How do we evaluate differing notions of impact in the changing research landscape? Impact factors continue to be the primary mark used to evaluate career progression, journal quality and funding outputs, however today’s generation of researchers are also comfortable with alt.metrics and the ability to drive their own impact. How will impact evolve in the near future?

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Open science, open futures?
Wilma van Wezenbeek, Director, TU Delft Library
Professor Rosalind Smyth, ICH Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital 
Gates Foundation (Speaker to be confirmed)

The Open movement is creating the conditions for the evolution of new models for scientific research. This session will review how open initiatives are emerging at the interface between the political mandates of institutions and the changing expectations of researchers.

14:00-15:00

Embracing the customer experience mindset - skills, techniques and tools
Sarah Richards, Content Strategist, Digital Consultant and author of Content Design.
Tom Nash, Senior Manager - Commercial Content, Three
Limara Bishop, Lead User Experience Architect, Three

Customer experience experts in online teams are using a growing set of sophisticated tools and techniques to understand user behavior and outcomes. This session will feature expert practitioners sharing their tips and guidance on how you can practically apply them to your work. The session will also feature a book signing by Sarah Richards.

15:00 - 15:15

Break

15:15 - 16:00

Afternoon Keynote
Alfred Rolington, CEO, Cyber Security Intelligence

Alfred will talk about what the rapid pace of digitalisation and commoditisation means for cyber security in the media, publishing and government. He’ll offer analysis of current trends and will talk about the threats and opportunities in this ever-changing landscape.

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Day Two - 6th December 2017

9:30 - 10:15

Opening Keynote - Driving forward the future of innovation through entrepreneurship
Professor Tim Dafforn, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Professor of Biotech at the University of Birmingham

Tim will talk about driving productivity and growth in the UK economy through increased investment in innovation. Looking beyond Brexit, how can the UK secure involvement in European R&D programmes after 2020, while also catalysing the growth of its entrepreneurial culture?

10:15 - 10:30

Break

10:30 - 11:30

Facing the realities of uncertainty - plenary session
Chris Tyler, Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Further panelists to be announced.

In this panel session, our speakers will assess the impact on the information industry of the political and economic events that have dominated our news agenda in 2017. From Brexit to Trump and from climate change to piracy, our panel will assess the game-changing new realities the information world faces.

11:30 - 11:45

Break

11:45 - 12:45

New tribes, changing realities
Jo McShea, VP & Lead Analyst, Outsell
Dr. Patrik Simmler, PhD Candidate, ETH Zurich
Andrew Pitts, Managing Director, Publisher Solutions International

The rise to prominence in the workplace of millennials and Generation C tribes is shifting the expectations of information users. In this session, we’ll look at the demographics and discuss how these new tribes are impacting information consumption.

11:45 - 12:45

The AI and machine learning renaissance - a revolution in waiting
Klaus Kater, Managing Partner, Deep Search Nine
Haralambos Marmanis, CTO/VP, Copyright Clearance Center
Borislav Popov, Head of Semantic Annotation and Search, Ontotext

The long-heralded impact of AI is beginning to transform information markets. Beyond the transformation of content, AI technology is restating the relationship between authors, consumers and brokers. This session will look at how AI is being used to address usage, impact and audience engagement.

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Dispatches from the university publishing revolution
John Normansell, Productions & Operations Director, Manchester University Press
Megan Taylor, University Press and Marketing Manager, University of Huddersfield
Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press

With university presses energetically stepping up their efforts to take a more prominent role in the scientific information chain, we hear from three leading proponents about their aspirations, thinking and the lessons they’ve learnt along the way.

14:00 - 15:00

Meet the up-starts – the publishing start-ups challenging the status quo
Lisa Walton, Executive Editor, Veruscript
Mads Holmen, Founder and CEO, Bibblio
Further speakers to be announced.

An emerging generation of publishing start-ups, driven by the new rules of digital commerce, is having a profound impact on our industry. In this session, we showcase some of them and ask them to talk through their approach and thinking.

15:00 - 15:15

Break

15:15 - 16:00

Closing keynote - Publishing to address grand societal challenges
Nicola Jones, Head of Publishing for Grand Challenges, Springer Nature

The world is facing complex and interconnected issues like sustainability, resource scarcity, global health, and inequality. These ‘grand challenges’ affect society both globally and locally. To solve these, researchers must collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, and connect with policymakers and practitioners. Nicola will discuss the ways publishers can contribute to the development of solutions to these challenges.

16:00

Springer Nature drinks reception

Springer Nature invites you to its drinks reception. Take the opportunity to engage with Springer Nature and other information industry professionals to improve outcomes in research, education and business.

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