STM Autumn Conference 2021

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Starting time zones:
07:00 EDT, 12:00 BST, 13:00 CEST, 19:00 SGT

Publishing in a changing world

How are STM publishers meeting the opportunities and challenges presented by a rapidly changing publishing landscape?

This year’s STM Annual Conference will explore how the industry can adapt to continue to improve the quality, integrity, and availability of scholarly communications whilst dealing with the important technological challenges that underpin research integrity, user privacy, and cybersecurity.

Attracting the leading figures from across scholarly and professional publishing, STM’s Annual Conference provides a program focused on strategic thinking, public policy, business models, and the key drivers that will shape the future of the STM industry.

13:00 CEST 

Welcome: STM Board Chair
Introduction to Keynote Speaker:


Keynote Speaker: Jean-Eric Paquet, EU Commission, Director General of the Directorate for Research and Innovation


Discussion panel: 
Forward together: perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of advancing Open Research
Moderated by: Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Founder & Director, Mellins-Cohen Consulting

Open Science, Open Research, and Open Access are fundamental to the daily environment of all involved in scholarly communications. STM publishers sit at the interface between researchers, their research, and the rest of the world through their efforts to improve the quality and availability of scholarly communication – as such, they’re deeply immersed in advancing openness and are aware of many of the opportunities and challenges. But do they understand how other stakeholders perceive the most pressing and salient issues?

Our panellists will present a variety of perspectives and first-hand experiences to provide attendees with insights into the broader scholarly communications ecosystem.

A discussion will follow which will seek to examine how different groups of stakeholders are preparing to adapt and to thrive against a backdrop of both new opportunities and new challenges

Bas de Bruin, Professor in homogeneous catalysis (chemistry), University of Amsterdam

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
, Professor as well as Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library and Affiliate Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kazuhiro Hayashi, Director, Research Unit for Data Application, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) 


During the break, our sponsors are invited to host a breakout room.
All rooms will open at the beginning of the break for you to join and will close
2 minutes before we recommence.
Breakout rooms
Access Innovations
Highwire Press
accelerates the advancement of human knowledge by connecting researchers to peer-reviewed content in their fields. 


Meet the CEOs
Moderated by: Philip Carpenter, Interim CEO, STM
Peter Coebergh, BRILL
Thane Kerner, Silverchair
Delia Mihaila,  MDPI
Vikram Savkar, Wolters Kluwer Health

Technology, Trust, Together:
Common challenges and opportunities for today’s digital scholarly communication ecosystem
Moderated by: Hylke Koers, CIO STM Solutions

Digital technology is pervasive in how research is conducted, how research teams collaborate, and how research output is disseminated. This has brought many improvements and new opportunities, for example enabling more efficient ways of (remote) working and giving researchers the ability to discover and access a world of scholarly literature at their fingertips. At the same time, there are still some important technological challenges and pain points in areas such as access, research integrity, user privacy, and cybersecurity – and a lot remains to be done.

Through a combination of brief presentations, audience input, and moderated discussion, this session will explore challenges and opportunities for digital technology to strengthen and support scholarly communications. We will focus specifically on common issues and pain points, for which working together within and between stakeholder groups can truly make the difference.

Rebuilding Trust in the Institution of Science
Roger Schonfeld, Program Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, Ithaka S+R

Research Integrity Screening
Andrew Smeall, Chief Strategy Officer, Hindawi Publishing

Responsible AI
Harriet Muncey, Data Science Manager, Elsevier

Common Goals, Uncommon Allies: Partnering University Security, Information Technology, Libraries and Publishers
Daniel Ayala, Managing Partner, Secratic


Close Philip Carpenter, Interim CEO, STM

We will be opening up breakout rooms at the start of the conference to enable and encourage networking throughout.
A list of participants will be shared the week commencing 11th October to allow time to pre-arrange networking meetings/catchups in advance and breakout rooms can be pre-named to avoid any confusion. Further details to follow!


Events Terms and Conditions

Where an event has registration fees, 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.