Innovations Seminar 2017
An STM Week Event

Digital Ethics: Can technology

recognise right from wrong?

Wednesday 6th December 2017, London

Science and reporting don’t always see eye to eye. Despite there being vast amounts of legitimate scientific and cultural information online, hoaxes, misinformation and post-truth distortion are eroding trust and dividing societies.  From elections to health, science and even research integrity - controversy and sensationalism are taking a dangerous precedent over unbiased and accurate reporting of scientific fact.

It is more important than ever to reaffirm the role of facts over opinions – so what role should STM publishers play and what are our ethical obligations?

This year’s Innovations seminar will bring you expert views on how machine learning, artificial intelligence, algorithms and smart devices might be used to detect unintended flaws, track the manipulation of data and images and contribute to both greater scientific clarity and better research integrity. Can smarter computing power assist us build trust, help educate stakeholders and the wider public and reaffirm the role of scientific facts?

Come and join us as we discover the latest ideas, collaborations, ventures, and products designed to enhance scholarly communications whilst also improving trust and integrity in the research process.

Provisional programme (more speakers to be confirmed soon)


Registration, coffee & networking


Opening Keynote


Refreshment break





The future of digital ethics

This panel will bring together industry experts with both theoretical and practical experience to discuss ethics of algorithms, user interface design, technology deployments, and current practice and policies in a lively set of presentations and discussions.

Moderated by: Kent Anderson

Tamara Welschot, Director of Research Integrity and Publishing Services, SpringerNature

Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager, Access Now

Sandra Wachter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute



Flash Session: 5 ultra-short talks on new and pending product launches

Moderated by: IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg


Lunch and networking


Smart Services – Meeting the changing needs of researchers

Moderated by: Renny Guida, IEEE

This “rubber meets the road” session will take a deep dive into the technology and systems that are being used to enhance discovery, and overcome some of the current obstacles in research communication.  Article integrity, data reproducibility, relevancy and recommendations: this session focuses on the application of specific technology to enhance researcher productivity.  A set of representatives from vendors / publishers will discuss the services they are using and developing for this. 


Resource Access in the 21st Century, RA21: A joint project by STM and NISO

Access to scholarly resources should be seamless and easy. This session will bring the first results of a set of pilots started by the RA21 project to develop better, more userfriendly and more secure practices for access and authentication to STM information than the current IP-address recognition. RA21 was launched as a joint NISO-STM project in the second half of 2016 and started several pilot projects during 2017. First results are now available – come and hear what they teach us about best practices for more effective access protocols in our industry.

Moderated by: Chris Shillum, IEEE and Meltem Dincer, Wiley

Privacy Preserving Persistent WAYF (Where are you from) – Chris Shillum, Elsevier

WAYF Cloud solution - Elias Balafoutis, Atypon

Corporate Pilot at Pharma Companies – Jenny Walker or Helen Malone, GSK

Universal User Interface for Resource Access – Richard Northover, Elsevier


Refreshment break


Closing keynote: The Digital Dimension of ©opyright, Mark Seeley, Elsevier

Moderated by: Sam Bruinsma, Brill, chair of STM’s Future Lab forum

Protection of copyright is key for creative industries such as STM publishing; in a digital environment perhaps even more than in the ‘simple’ print world. Together with the vast changes in the world of scholarly communication through digitization, the role, function and nature of copyright has changed as well. Mark Seeley, legal counsel of Elsevier, was and is very much part of the transformation that took and takes place. His keynote, the closing talk of today’s seminar, will focus on the many new digital and social dimensions to copyright of the past two decades and the likely new ones to occur.


Close of Seminar



Events Terms and Conditions

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.

Registration fees do not include insurance. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.