STM Dinner & Conference 2023 | Frankfurt


The STM Annual Conference in Frankfurt is SOLD OUT. 

But don't worry — there's another great event lining up right behind this one. Join us for STM Week in London 5-7 December — zeroing in on AI innovations, research integrity and social responsibility. 

The STM Annual Conference in Frankfurt returns 16 - 17 October, 2023 with a vibrant mix of interactive sessions, expert panelists, idea-sharing and — perhaps most importantly — connection.

At OPEN/SHIFT, we will rethink the ways we work to advance open, trusted research at scale — how we can expand access to peer-reviewed research to improve global visibility and impact. How we can shift our thinking, together, to reimagine new systems, models and solutions that promote research integrity. How we can support the global impact of science as a diverse community of academic publishers, innovators, societies, funders and universities connected by a common goal.

What to expect? First, a welcoming dinner on the evening of Monday 16 October affords us a chance to connect in person and network. Tuesday 17 October will offer a potent line-up of speakers, sessions, and ample opportunities for collaboration and connections.

What's in store? Browse the program and register to join us!

Monday 16th October 2023 | Evening Dinner
to be held at the Westin Grand Frankfurt

Individual spaces are available for purchase with your conference registration or separately if you are unable to attend the conference. Arrival drinks sponsored by MDPI will be served from 19:00 and we will be seated for dinner by 20:00.

For details of corporate sponsorship tables (full tables of 8) please contact or see here for sponsorship opportunities.

Tuesday 17th October 2023 | STM Conference

Developing Programme


Registration, coffee & networking, sponsored by Morressier


Opening & Welcome –  STM Board Chair

Introduction of Keynote Speaker


Opening Keynote: Restoring trust in science/research integrity

Prof. Antonio Loprieno, President, All European Academies (ALLEA)


Refreshment break & networking


What is the real impact of science in a changing society? Technology, media and trust in scholarly communication

Moderated by: Rachel Martin, Global Director Sustainability, Elsevier and Chair of the STM Social Responsibility Committee

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, Head of the Research Unit, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, University of Kiel, Germany

Monica Contestabile, Editor in Chief, Nature Sustainability

Prof. Antonio Loprieno, President, All European Academies (ALLEA)

Science is an integral component needed to solve the ever-increasing challenges facing modern society. Yet coupled with the ever-faster digitalization and technology, communication of science is under pressure.

In the face of climate change, rising inequalities, and global pandemics, the very essence of how science serves society is being challenged and its respective “impact” questioned.

This facilitated discussion will explore the interplay between science, society, and politics and why we might need to rethink the disciplinary silos, and established communication channels engrained in science. Ultimately helping to answer the question: how can STM members help science make more of an impact? 

Topic covered:

  • The definition of “impact” of science
  • The role of media in establishing trust in science
  • The role of Universities in solving societal issues
  • The role of publishing in communicating impact  


How to maintain integrity in a fast-changing, increasingly pressurized world

Moderated by: Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President of Wiley’s global Research Publishing organization

The continuing evolution of AI and other emerging technologies, continued pressure on researchers to publish, and the transition to open access are all placing increased pressures on a system designed for simpler times.

A global panel will consider these pressures and provide insights on these issues and what we can collectively do to incentivise good publishing and research practice in a rapidly changing research environment.

Prof. Lex Bouter, Professor Emeritus of Methodology and Integrity at the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers and the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit.

Dr. Anna Abalkina, Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Liying Yang, Director of Department for Scientometrics and Research Evaluation, National Science Library, CAS. 

Dr. David Flanagan, Senior Director, Data Science, Wiley


Lunch and networking


Achieving open, visible, and impactful research at scale. Where have we got to and what’s next?

Moderated by: Michael Clarke, Managing Partner, Clarke & Esposito

STM is committed to working with its members and the community to advance open research at scale. Current models of open access have proved instrumental in expanding access to peer-reviewed research, as illustrated by the STM OA dashboard, with the upward trend in access expected to continue.

But can greater access alone realise the potential of open access to improve global visibility and impact for research? Do the current models for open-access publishing deliver the widest reach of research whilst transitioning an increasing proportion of research to OA?

Our international panel will share their perspectives on the progress made to date in enabling researchers to achieve open, visible, and impactful research at scale, and how current and emerging publishing models are supporting this. They will also consider how models for open publishing may need to adapt or evolve to maintain positive momentum into the future.

Carrie Webster, VP Open Access, Springer Nature

Prabu Desikan, Regional Director for South Asia, IOP Publishing

Tieming Zhang, Editorial Department of Beijing Forestry University, Society of China University Journals

Anne Ruimy, Senior Publisher, EDP Sciences

Frederick Fenter, Chief Executive Editor, Frontiers


Shared Infrastructure for Scholarly Publishing

Shared infrastructure includes everything from discovery services to identifier providers, from editorial management systems and hosting platforms to research integrity services. In one way or another, shared infrastructure is foundational to the work of every publisher.

This year, Ithaka S+R is conducting a study about successes, needs, and gaps in the publishing community’s shared infrastructure. The project, which is supported by STM Solutions, will result in a white paper to be published later this month.

This session will provide the first opportunity for the STM community to hear about and discuss its findings and recommendations. Roger Schonfeld, who will speak for the Ithaka S+R project team, will present some of the key recommendations and join a small panel to help launch the discussion.

Panel discussion:

Roger Schonfeld, Vice President, Organizational Strategy and Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, Ithaka

Hylke Koers, Chief Information Officer, STM Solutions

Lauren Kane, CEO, BioOne

Jean-Claude Burgelman, Professor & Academic Coordinator Open Science, Free University of Brussels


Refreshment break & networking


Executive Panel

Moderated by: Caroline Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, STM

The Executive panel will discuss a broad range of high-level industry-focused topics including scholarly infrastructure, support of open collaboration,  research integrity and trust in publishing, through to business models, and the risks and challenges to diversify in the publishing marketplace.

Alix Vance, CEO, AIP Publishing
Antonia Seymour, Chief Executive, IOP Publishing
Chris Jones, CEO, BMJ
Tony Roche, Chief Officer, Publishing & Strategic Relationships, Emerald Publishing


Reception drinks, sponsored by Silverchair

Programme Committee:

Chair: Adrian Stanley, Consultant, STM

Daniel Keirs, Head of Journal Strategy & Performance, IOP Publishing
Dean Sanderson
, Chief Strategy Officer, AIP Publishing
Susie Winter
, VP External Comms, Springer Nature

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