Frankfurt Conference 2014

STM’s Annual Frankfurt Conference has established itself as the ‘must-attend’ event prior to the Book Fair. Attracting the leading figures from across scholarly and professional publishing, STM’s event provides a program focused on strategic thinking, public policy, business models and key drivers shaping the future of the STM industry.

A not-to-be-missed event for publishing managers, executives and industry leaders, the Frankfurt conference is an unrivalled networking opportunity, which attracts international attendees from all sizes of publishing organizations.


08:15 Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
09:30 Welcome & Opening
STM Board Chair

Keynote Speaker:  How Clinicians are Changing the Face of Scholarly Publishing

Cathy Wolfe, President & CEO, Medical Research, Wolters Kluwer

What lessons can we learn from understanding how scholarly content is accessed and consumed by connected, mobile practitioners? A closer look at the medical publishing sector reveals insights into how we can learn from users to best navigate change, stay relevant, and anticipate the future of the journal.

10:30 Refreshment Break

Social media as a tool for publishers and academics to share content and encourage collaboration

Moderator: Ruth Francis, Head of Communications,

Open Access and UK, Springer

Jacob Molyneux, Senior Editor, American Journal of Nursing

Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sport Business Strategy and Marketing, Coventry University UK

Joachim Müller-Jung, Science Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


The Internet has allowed for an incredible explosion in the reach of knowledge through social channels such as blogs, microblogs, and social media. This session will examine how researchers and publishers can promote research, develop engagement and encourage collaboration through sharing of published content. It will examine how this content can be used to:

  • Reach new audiences including journalists
  • Drive traffic and conversation about published content
  • Assist researchers with raising the profile of their research
  • Help build relationships between publishers, editors and the research community
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?
Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah
Like any other system of dissemination, Open Access (in its various forms) carries with it both benefits and costs. The OA advocacy community is very receptive to discussion of its benefits, but tends to respond negatively—even aggressively—to any attempt to address its costs and downsides. This tendency makes rational discussion of OA unnecessarily difficult. This presentation will attempt to demonstrate the scope of this problem and propose some strategies for mitigating it.
2:15 Refreshment Break

Early Career Researchers Session
Moderator: Phill Jones, Ph.D., Head of Publisher Outreach, Digital Science

Farron McIntee, Ph.D., Division of Biology & Biological Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis

Anna Villar-Piqué, Ph.D., Department of NeuroDegeneration and Restorative Research, University Medical Center, Goettingen

Jonathan Foster, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Nitschke Research Group, University of Cambridge


Over the past decade, the number of early stage researchers, and in particular post-doctoral fellows, has exploded. Fueled by what many academics consider to be an over-production of PhDs, and ever-scarcer funding to support full-time faculty positions, the number of postdocs in the US alone is thought to be as high as 90,000. Surprisingly, little research on the numbers of postdocs worldwide exist, but it is believed that over 50% of US postdocs are foreign citizens and that only 15% ascend to faculty positions within 6 years of being awarded a PhD.  As in many industries, researchers remain in early career stage for longer. There has emerged a globally competitive market place, with greater requirements for advancement to mid-career than ever before.During this session, a range of topics of importance to early career researchers will be discussed, including the effect of open access mandates on postdocs’ ability to compete internationally for faculty posts. Our international panel will discuss the challenges they face and how new technologies and services from publishers can help them meet the new challenges of developing a career in research in the 21st century.

4:00 CHORUS: An Update

Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHOR, Inc.

4:15 Close for Non-Members
4:15 Members Only Forum
Update on issues critical to academic & professional publishers
5:05 – 6:30 Members only drinks & networking



Visit STM in Hall 4.2, Stand D21 at the Frankfurt Book Fair












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Cancellations made in writing up to 30 days before an event are eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds can be made for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event date, however, substitutions may be made free of charge at any time.

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