The Future of Publishing 2017
An STM Week Event

New people, new markets, new challenges


Seminar Director: Phill Jones, Director of Publishing Innovation, Digital Science  

The topics we will cover will include

  • How to engage with emerging markets such as China and India
  • The roles and effects of millennials in the workplace
  • Data-driven decision making and being agile
  • Cyber Security

Provisional programme (more speakers/titles to be confirmed)


Registration, coffee & networking


The Real Challenge facing Publishing today

Nancy Roberts, Founder & Director, Business Inclusivity

Over recent years there has been much talk of the issues facing publishing: digital transformation; pressure on subscription models; the dramatic increase in free content online; the list goes on. We all know the world is changing faster than ever before, and we are all scrambling to adapt.

However, there is one major societal change which is receiving little time and attention –the changing nature of work and the expectations and desires of a new generation of employees.

Today’s job seekers take diversity for granted, they will not accept a publishing industry which is ‘white, male and stale’. They look for employers who have strong ethical positions, who support flexible working, who understand that the model of work which has existed since the industrial revolution is no longer fit for purpose.

Publishing is not changing quickly enough, but it needs to keep pace if it is to remain a viable industry choice for graduates with large debts and high expectations. Publishers may have done some diversity work, but have not as yet created truly inclusive workplaces: groupthink often holds sway; there is an over-reliance on traditional models and ways of working; and different points of view provide a challenge which is often undermined or ignored. Only when publishers develop fully inclusive workplaces will they really be able to change their models to adapt to the new publishing realities.


Millennials in the workplace

Isabel Thompson, Analyst, Stone & River Consulting LLC


How to be an ally: Supporting LGBT staff in the workplace




Refreshment break


AI is being put to work in other areas of publishing. How would it work for scholarly?

Antoine Amann, Founder & CEO, Echobox




What if you didn't have to start from here? Making a scholarly communication platform from scratch in a university library

Lucy Lambe, Scholarly Communications Officer, London School of Economics


Lunch and networking


What can James Cameron teach you about doing business in China?

Joanne Sheppard, Vice President Strategy and Investments, Holztbrinck Publishing Group

The research output from China has grown from less than 5% of the world’s total to 20%, along with an equal share in the 0.1% of top cited papers. With funding uncertainty in both the UK and the US (Brexit+Trump=mayhem), more Western scientists are finding a well funded home in China. This session will give a broad overview of the fundamentals of doing business in China sharing the formula for what works (James Cameron), and what doesn't (Google). It will then be a discussion about the collective experience of doing business in China: the good, the bad, and the ugly.



What every publisher should know about the Brazilian STM market

Ricardo Redisch, Executive Publisher, Editora Évora 


To be confirmed




Refreshment break


Using Data to make good decisions

Kathryn Sharples, Director, Publishing Development, John Wiley & Sons


The changing structure of research, how topic modelling reveals what people are really doing

Martin Szomszor, Consultant Data Scientist, Digital Science


David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, IET





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