It has been five years since Rave Technologies hosted its first Annual Publishing Conference. Since 2013, the conference has evolved into a highly focused summit of technologists, product specialists and senior publishing stakeholders.


We proudly invite you to be a part of our Annual Publishing Conference 2018!

Join us on 23rd Oct 2018 in London!


Why YOU Should Attend


8+ hours of technology focused and thought provoking sessions


Engage with the technology experts from the international publishing houses


Join the conference to know how technologies are shifting the game for publishers


Excellent networking opportunities to interact with speakers and delegates to share ideas and business trends


Dr. David Smith

Head of Product Solutions - The IET

After he received his D.phil in Molecular Biology from the University of York, David decided to join scholarly publishing. Currently, he is a technology strategist with strong background in developing profitable digital products for research and academic markets. He has more than 15 years of experience in leveraging technology, project management, strategic thinking, relationship building innovations and profitability.

Ian Mulvany

Head of Product Innovation - SAGE Publishing

Ian Mulvany joined SAGE Publishing’s innovation unit in September 2016. His contribution at SAGE involves around developing digital products and services that respond to new methodological challenges facing social scientists in a world of big data. Throughout his career, he has been interested in creating tools that enhance the researcher experience, and help researchers make the best use of the web.

Prior to SAGE, he worked as Editorial Board Member at Journal of Open Research Software and Head of Technology at eLife Sciences Publications Ltd.

Christian Kohl

Digital Publishing Consultant and PM - Christian Kohl Consulting

Christian Kohl is a Digital Publishing Consultant and Project Manager at Christian Kohl – Consulting & Project Management. Previously, Christian worked as a Director Information and Publishing Technology for De Gruyter. He holds a degree in Computational Linguistics and has worked as project manager, software developer, system administrator, event manager, and researcher. Since 2009 he teaches courses on E-Publishing and Project Management for the Academy of the German Book Trade.

Louise Russell

Director - Tutton Russell Consulting Ltd

Louise founded Tutton Russell Consulting in 2013 to provide specialist consultancy to publishers, societies, vendors, institutions and start-ups with a focus on digital strategy and innovation, tendering and RFP management, commercial partnerships, competitor analysis, and market positioning. In an evolving landscape, Tutton Russell Consulting brings an external perspective – supporting organisations as they explore new products and approaches, review current processes, operations and commercial arrangements and refocus their strategy for the future.

Prior to setting up her consultancy, Louise was Chief Operating Officer at Ingenta (www.ingenta.com) where she was managing director of the Online Solutions Division. She is also Chair of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Professional Development Committee and a member of the ALPSP Council.

Ove Kahler

Vice President Operations - Brill

Ove Kähler is Vice President Operations at Brill. In this role, he and the teams in his department oversee the entire production process – from manuscript to publication. This includes the development of online products and their distribution on Brill’s online platforms. Other areas of responsibility concern Brill’s data & applications team as well as the production and supply chain of print products. Before moving to operations, Ove was heading Brill’s marketing & sales support department. Prior to joining Brill in 2011, he served in a variety of positions in marketing, sales, and product management at Elsevier, Springer and Dow Jones in Germany and The Netherlands. Ove holds a Master’s degree in Eastern-European History from the University of Mainz (Germany) and an MBA from Nyenrode University (The Netherlands).

Kiren Shoman

Editorial Director - SAGE Publishing

Kiren is responsible for SAGE London’s pedagogical publishing, covering textbooks, reference and video. She works closely with colleagues across SAGE to explore new product innovations within print and digital publishing, as well as content development within emerging digital streams. As part of SAGE’s leadership, she is actively involved in SAGE’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda.

Alice Fleet

Head of Business Technology - Emerald Group

Alice is a Head of Business Technology at Emerald Group. Earlier she has worked at Cambridge University Press and ProQuest Information and Learning. She is an experienced technology, information and product professional. She is motivated by how digital technology can improve life, work, teaching and learning. She is passionate about delivering user-centered experiences through and with empowered global teams.

Nick Kind

Executive Advisor - Area9 Group

Nick Kind has spent 24 years in the world of digital content and solutions, predominantly in education and scientific publishing. He has worked in marketing, product management, strategy and corporate development with and for large media groups, investors and governments. He was also a founder of a “dot-com” startup which survived. Currently, he has a portfolio of roles – these include acting as Executive Advisor to Area9 Group, who raised $30 million in early 2018 to build and launch an adaptive, personalised learning platform which makes extensive use of big data and artificial intelligence. Nick works to help organisations find their strategies amidst the digital hype, and is passionate about ensuring technology and investments are forces for good.

Philip Roberts

Head of Business Solutions - CABI

Philip Roberts has been involved within the publishing and knowledge management sector for over 10 years, having previously been a doctoral student, postdoc researcher, freelance statistician and warden of a tidal island. Phil is currently Head of Business Solutions for CABI, this cross organisational role allows investigating appropriate technology, data, semantics, taxonomies, for the publishing and science themes of CABI. Outside of work Phil is an avid Kickstarter and early adopter of new technologies and enjoys 3D printing and is active in the Maker/Physical Hack community.

Michael Upshall

Head of Business Development - UNSILO

Michael Upshall is a Head of Business Development at UNSILO, a Danish machine-learning software company providing AI-based solutions for academic and professional publishers. As a former publisher himself, he is familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by content owners as they implement content enrichment strategies. Publishers he has worked with include Ashgate (now Taylor & Francis), Bloomsbury, TSO, The IET, and CABI. At Cambridge University Press he managed the book and journals online platforms. He has also worked in a product role with software developers and with technology organisations such as the JISC Collections, the UK organisation for technology in higher education.

He was a co-founder of reference publisher Helicon Publishing, pioneers of database-driven online reference content, and author of the book Content Licensing (Chandos, 2009).

Tracy Gardner

Consultant - Renew Publishing Consultants

Tracy has worked in journals since 1997. She has a very broad view of publishing having worked for publishing technology companies (CatchWord and Ingenta), a not-for-profit publisher (CABI Publishing), and thereafter in consultancy, on various projects for publishers, intermediaries and libraries. Throughout her career, she has been focused on improving the communication channels between publishers, intermediaries and librarians and understands the business of scholarly publishing from many different perspectives. Tracy has worked on a wide range of projects, including sales, marketing & pricing; journal delivery & platform selection; management; product development; market research; content discovery; library technology; strategic business reviews; and open access publishing. She is the co-author of How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications, published in 2012 and 2015. Tracy is a trainer on a number of training courses in association with ALPSP and UKSG.

Joris Van Rossum

Director of Special Projects - Digital Science

Joris van Rossum has been working for 20 years in the academic publishing industry. As Director of Special Projects at Digital Science, Joris authored the report ‘Blockchain for Research’.

He is currently leading the recently launched Blockchain for Peer Review initiative. In 2015 he co-founded Peerwith, a marketplace for researcher services.

Before that, Joris was Director of Publishing Innovation at Elsevier, where he focused on peer review innovation, article cascading, and author services.

Lynsey Haire

Global Director of Peer Review - Taylor & Francis Group

Lynsey Haire joined Taylor & Francis Group in November 2007 as a Publishing Editor. Her contribution in T&F involves the accountability for the development and delivery of manuscript submission systems, products and processes for 2600 academic periodicals. She Works closely with senior leadership to plan and communicate strategic direction, translating high-level objectives into SMART goals.



Look Back

“A great event, filled with great speakers and so much of insights, offering technology focussed discussions.”

“One of the best vendor pitch free conference for publishers, the entire day is filled with thought-provoking sessions.”

“The conference provides a significant opportunity to network and interact with the senior publishing stakeholders.”

Registration for this event is closed.