STM Early Career Ideas Factory

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Collaborate with professionals from all career stages on bridging the generational gap in publishing and creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible research ecosystem.

What’s this?

STM is inviting you to a live event where you can brainstorm with colleagues on a variety of topics geared towards bridging the generational gap in publishing and creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible research ecosystem. Hear from early career researchers, executives, and other industry professionals about their experiences and needs in publishing.

Here, cross-generational collaboration is on the menu via panel discussions, small group workshops (idea labs) and networking sessions. These formats will pave the way for us to learn from one another — and tackle questions around multi-generational needs and how to increase DEIA in STM publishing.

What to expect?

  • Hear directly from “digital native” early career researchers and how they find, consume, and use content — and what they want from publishers and institutions.
  • Find out how executives are recruiting and retaining early career talent in their organisations
  • Join two breakout sessions on Career Progression and Bridging the Generational Gap and Accelerating DEIA in Publishing. Attendees can explore such topics as how to build skills; identify and solution barriers to learning and career progression; create a more equitable reward & recognition system for researchers and other contributors and how to improve access to and accessibility of content, encouraging community interaction on emerging DEIA topics
  • Learn more about STM’s Early Career Publisher Committee and hear from mentors and mentees of the STM Mentorship Scheme talking about their experiences.
  • Network with publishing professionals of all career stages and celebrate the end of STM Week with a Drinks Reception!

Provisional Programme


Registration, breakfast & networking


Welcome & Introduction


Digital Native Researcher Panel

Moderated by: Dr. Eugenie Regan, Vice President, Research Solutions @ Springer Nature

Atreyi Chakrabarty, DPhil Student, Oxford University
Annabelle Nwaokorie, Computational Cancer Research PhD Student │ Science Communicator, University College Dublin
Jessica Pancholi, Scientific Editor, Elsevier
Sian Wilcox, PhD Student, Oxford University


Publishing executive panel
Moderated by: Leon Heward-Mills, Managing Director, Researcher Services, Taylor & Francis

Sabina Alam, Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity, Taylor & Francis Group, Journals
Phil Garner, Co-Founder & CEO, Becaris Publishing Limited
Steven Heffner, Managing Director, Publications, IEEE
Sally Wilson, Publishing Director, Emerald Publishing


Refreshment break & networking


Ideas lab 1- Career progression & bridging the generational gap


Working lunch- STM ECPC overview and Q&A


Mentorship panel & brainstorm

Moderated by: Rachel Moriarty, Publisher, Oxford University Press

Francesca Cockshull, Society Partnership Lead, Oxford University Press
Ian Borthwick, Head of Publishing, BCS L&D
Akila Sridhar, Deputy Editor, Scientific Reports, Springer Nature
Cecilia Marshall, Publishing Strategy Lead- Impact, Frontiers


Networking break


Ideas lab 2- Creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible publishing ecosystem


Thank you and close

15:30 - 17:00

Drinks reception

ECPC Program Committee:
Erin Foley, Senior Strategic Account Manager, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

Samuel Goodchild, Associate Editor Earth, and Environmental Sciences. Springer
Amy Joint, Content Acquisition Manager, F1000
Rachel Moriarty, Publisher, Oxford University Press
Emma Buckingham, Editorial Operations Manager, IWA Publishing

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.