STM 2-day US Annual Conference 2024

Wednesday 24th - Thursday 25th April 2024

STM | A Report from the Future

This is the STM US Annual Conference 2024 where we will journey to the future — exploring the world of scholarly communications as it might exist in the years to come. Different stakeholders will describe the future of research and its output, and we will discuss the obstacles we need to overcome — legal, technical, social, political — and the actions we need to take to get there, including what is already in progress.  Here, we will convene not just to peer into the possibilities, but rather to actively shape the future of scholarly communications as an inspired STM community. Will you join us? 

What's this?
STM's Annual US Conference is an inspired convening or individuals and organisations committed to advancing trusted research — academic publishers, learned societies, funders, university presses, government bodies and innovators — from across the globe for two days of inspired networking, learning and ideation. 

Join us in Washington DC on April 24 - 25 to hear from speakers and panelists across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Open to STM members and non-members — all are welcome — as we explore this year's theme: A Report from the Future.

Register today to grab your seat — and tell your colleagues. This event tends to sell out!

Come a day early and join us for the satellite event: STM Societal Impact Day on April 23 (grab seats for all three days for a bundled discount).

Please note the change in venue: this year, we're convening at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. 


Developing Programme (changes will be made)

Conference Chair Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant


Wednesday 24th April 2024 - Day 1: A view from the future



Registration, coffee & networking


Opening & Welcome
Sarah Tegen, Senior Vice President, Journals Publishing Group, American Chemical Society / STM Board Chair

Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant / Conference Chair



Highlights of Societal Impact Day
Dana Compton
, Managing Director, Publications & Standards, and Publisher, ASCE
Gordon MacPherson
, Director, Board Governance & Policy Development, IEEE


Launch of STM Trends 2028
Hylke Koers
, Chief Information Officer, STM Solutions


Ithaka report

Roger C. Schonfeld, Vice President, Organizational Strategy, Ithaka
Tracy Bergstrom, Program Manager for collections and infrastructure in the Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums program,  Ithaka S+R


Refreshment break & networking


The view from the Research Institution


The view from the Funder


Lunch and networking


The view from corporate research


The view from the lab


AI and transformation of social science research
Igor Grossmann,
Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada

Igor will explore the transformative potential of large language models (LLMs) in advancing the social sciences. LLMs, as AI-powered simulators of human-like responses, may revolutionize data collection, demographic representation, and agent-based modeling to deepen our grasp of human behavior and social dynamics. Yet, ethical and methodological concerns, including biases, limited transparency, and the scientist-humanist dilemma, must be carefully navigated. I will outline possible ways how AI may change social scientist’s role. By fostering transparency and replicability, social scientists can harness generative AI’s potential, transforming research and enhancing our knowledge of human experience.


Refreshment break & networking


The librarian
Cynthia Hudson Vitale
, Director, Science Policy & Scholarship, Association of Research Libraries


The Editor of the Future
Darren Roblyer
, Associate Professor, Boston University


Meeting wrap-up and close


Drinks Reception


Thursday 25th April 2024 - How can publishers prepare for the future?



Coffee & networking


Reflections and highlights from day 1:
Group discussion on how to move to the future


Output of research: how to know what's going on in a world where articles have disappeared?


Refreshment break & networking


Panel session: Harnessing technology


Lunch and networking


Trust: panel session
This panel will look at the actions we need to take to ensure that we can maintain trust in scholarly outputs in both the near and long term future

Sarah Elaine Eaton, Academic Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Education and Academic Integrity, University of Calgary

Sabina Alam
, Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity, Taylor and Francis Group

Alan Schiffres, Managing Director, InfoLinx 


Data Management: Panel session 

Moderated by: Jayne Marks, Senior Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists and
Erin Foley, Senior Publisher Solutions Manager, Copyright Clearance Center

Juliane Schneider, Research Librarian - Metadata, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Shelley Stall, VP Open science leadership, American Geophysical Union's (AGU)


Refreshment break & networking


Panel session: The future beyond the article, in summary


Closing remarks


Annual Conference Programme Committee:
Chair: Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO
Anita de Waard, VP Research Collaborations, Elsevier
Erin Foley, Senior Publisher Solutions Manager, Copyright Clearance Center
Patrick Franzen, Director, Publications & Platform, SPIE
Jayne Marks, Senior Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists

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