APE 2018
Academic Publishing
in Europe
Ramping up Relevance

APE 2018 Full Conference:
16-17 January 2018 Berlin

SSP Pre-Conference:
15 January 2018 Berlin


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SSP Pre-Conference

15 January 2018

Please note: Semi-Final Program. Status 13 December 2017


Doors open
09:00 - 10:00

Coffee, Tea (Breakfast in the restaurant until 10 AM)
Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte at Checkpoint Charlie, Leipziger Strasse 106-111, 10117 Berlin - Conference Rooms Frederick (ground floor / parterre)

10:00 - 11:15

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Melanie Dolecheck, Executive Director, SSP
  • David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists, Ltd

“Resolved: Science and scholarship should be curated and hosted by public institutions, not by commercial publishers.”

Each debater will prepare a 10 minute statement, and is allowed a 3 minute response to the opponent’s argument. The winner is decided by audience vote.

  • Moderator: Rick Anderson, SSP Past-President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • In favor: Jill Taylor Roe, Deputy Librarian and Head of Planning & Resources, Newcastle University, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • Against: Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Vice President, Communications & External Affairs, De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany

11:15 - 11:30

Morning break (coffee/tea)

11:30 - 13:00

“How is public policy and funding changing the flow of scholarly communication?”

Speakers will explore how public policy and grant funding are influencing and shaping scholarly discourse – including research communication requirements – and how it is affecting publishers.

  • Moderator
    Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothes.is, Trumbull, CT
  • Dr. Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach and Advocacy, BMJ, and Editor-in-chief, BMJ Open, London
  • Robert van der Vooren, Project Manager, VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands), The Hague
  • Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Knowledge and Information Manager, Medical Research Council, London

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 -15:45

Workshops - Discussions

Pre-Conference participants will break into groups, each of which will discuss a specific challenge to publishers in balancing relevance and acceptable engagement on the one hand with commercial return on the other. Groups will generate practical measures, publishers can adopt to meet this challenge, both individually and as an industry, and report back to the full assembly.
Topics forthcoming:

  • Group moderators:
  • Stephanie Decouvelaere, Product Manager, SAGE Publications, London
  • Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research; Director, Charleston Conference; Honorary Lecturer, Univeristy College, London
  • Anne Michael, President, Delta Think, Philadelphia, PA
  • Melanie Dolecheck, Executive Director, SSP, Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Rick Anderson, SSP Past President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists, Dorset
  • Charlie Rapple, Co-Founder of Kudos, Wheatley

15:45 - 16:00

Afternoon break (coffee/tea)

16:00 - 17:00

“Scholarly Publishing in the Future”

  • Dr. Michiel Kolman, SVP Information Industry Relations, Academic Ambassador Emeritus, Elsevier; President, International Publishers Association (IPA), Geneva

The goal of this session is to really get you think about the future. How you can plan now for what’s to come? What competencies will be needed to adapt? What value-add will publishers need to focus on to differentiate themselves and continue to operate in an increasingly “open” world where anyone can be a “publisher?”


Closing Remarks/Adjourn


"Going Dutch""

Getting together in one of the special Berlin places