STM Week Innovations Day 2023 | Calling Innovators

Seeking AI trailblazers and pioneers

Calling all innovators: the ones boldly developing AI solutions to help transform scholarly communications. If you are a start-up, or an established player with an innovative new concept or product: We'd like to hear from you! 

What's this about? STM champions technologists, companies and start-ups that adance trusted research — the changemakers leveraging AI and innovation to accelerate scholarly communications in positive ways — to better serve the academic community.

To that end, we're planning STM Innovations Day on December 5 2023 — as part of our annual STM Week held at the BMA House in London. Here, innovators can apply to present their concept to a captive audience of STM members: academic publishers, learned societies, university presses, and other established players. The event will culminate with the Vesalius Innovation Award ceremony, organized by Karger Publishers.

Why should I apply? Selected innovators have the ability to:

  • Meet and network with the innovation leaders and decision makers in the STM industry
  • Get stage time: present your business concept on stage in brief, lightning talks 
  • Showcase your work via a table-top booth plus a poster to present your innovation, live demos and enjoy in-depth conversations
  • Engage in quality collaborations with pre-scheduled meetings with STM members and attendees
  • Celebrate fellow innovators and Vesalius award winners

Process at-a-glance

  • Presenters are invited to submit their innovation to STM via the form below by October 13.
  • STM will review submissions and select presenters to participate at Innovations Day by October 20.
  • On October 23, STM will announce the participating organisations and invite conference delegates to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with presenters on Innovations Day on December 5.  
  • On December 5, Innovations Day, presenters will pitch their business concepts to fair attendees (academic publishers, societies, universities, and other start-ups) at the BMA House in London — with ample opportunities to connect with conference delegates and fellow innovators at the interactive fair.
  • The event will wrap up with the Vesalius Innovation Award ceremony.

How to participate

  • Please submit your solution concept in the form below by Oct 13, 2023
  • If your concept is approved, you will be alerted by STM by October 23 — and a fee of €150 will be required to participate. 
  • Questions? Email Hylke Koers at 


Selection Criteria
The STM Innovations Day Committee will review submissions and select presenters based on the following criteria:

  • Impact — potential reach and impact in advancing trusted research and scholarly communication innovations via AI
  • The creativity of concept — bold, innovative ideation
  • Adaptability — potential for the concept to be integrated by academic publishers and relevant stakeholders

Please note: STM will review submissions by the STM Innovations Day Committee and will make selections based on its own discretion using the criteria above. Explanations are not owed to submitters.

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.