STM Societal Impact Day

Join us as we explore research's societal impact and the role of academic publishing in shaping a sustainable future.

On Tuesday, April 23 — the day before the STM US Conference — we will convene for a full day of sustainability immersion. Here, we will dissect effective methods to support research impact, and consider the role publishers can play in optimizing the interaction between science, policy, industry, and innovation. Be inspired and equipped to contribute to a more sustainable and knowledge-driven future. We invite you to play a part in making a difference.

NOTE: Watch this space for the full programme — forthcoming.

What to expect?

  • Inspiring talks on our collective ability to address pressing global challenges and create a more sustainable future.
  • Case Studies outlining the latest actions on sustainability from across the industry.
  • Practical information and tools which attendees can share within and beyond their organisations

Who attends?

Individuals who share a commitment to maximizing their organisation’s societal impact as well as those who want to better understand how publishers are working to address societal needs. The meeting is designed for leaders in research publishing - from publishers, publishing directors, and those leading sustainability programmes – as well as others involved in scholarly communications, such as faculty at institutions and funders with a focus on social responsibility and societal impact.

Developing Programme

Tuesday 23rd April 2024


Registration, coffee & networking


Welcome, Caroline Sutton, CEO, STM


Redefining research impact: New vistas in identifying and communicating the broader societal impact of research

Arthur Ellis, Senior Adviser, Elsevier


Refocusing on diversity, equity and inclusion in scholarly research panel

Moderated by Sarah Phibbs, Director of Research4Life Publisher Partnerships, STM

ACS diversity data report
Michelle Fleetwood
, Publishing Integrity Manager, ACS Publications

Elaine L. Westbrooks, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University


Refreshment break & networking


Inspiring stories from across our industry


Lunch and networking


Evidence based policy in a post truth world - TBC

Tracey Brown, Director, Sense About Science  


Views from the field: enhancing and assessing societal impact

Moderated by Dana Compton, Managing Director, Publications & Standards, & Publisher, ASCE


Refreshment break & networking


Who’s driving sustainability panel

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

Steven Heffner
, Managing Director, Publications, IEEE


Wrap up, group photo, close

Societal Impact Day Programme Committee:

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

Dana Compton, Managing Director, Publications & Standards, and Publisher, ASCE
Leila Jones
,  Director of Strategic Programmes, STM
Gordon MacPherson, Director, Board Governance & Policy Development, IEEE
Sarah Phibbs, Director of Research4Life Publisher Partnerships, STM
David Weinreich, Director of Public Affairs, Americas, STM

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.