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.
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-centred experiences through and with empowered global teams.
As Business Strategist at IOS Press, Astrid combines her background in publishing, marketing, journalism, and strategic thinking to find solutions to break through the status quo in academic publishing and contribute to benefiting science in a meaningful way. Astrid focuses on defining, communicating and implementing the company’s vision and mission to address contemporary needs and standards to contribute to the advancement of science and unsiloing of information.
Heather St. Pierre has been in Product Management for almost 20 years, serving both the UK and International markets. Her focus has been on shaping software product portfolios and digital strategy to deliver customer needs and market success. In the past, her primary focus has been within the Education and Assessment Technology sector. Heather joined Taylor & Francis in 2016 and is currently Product Director.
Sharon Cooper is Chief Digital Officer of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the consulting and research arm of The Economist Group. Relatively new in the post she is working both on how technology will enable the company to deliver their expertise in new ways and what opportunities AI, ML and new data services and sources will bring to the core business in the near and medium-term future.
In previous roles, Sharon led digital change as the Chief Digital Officer at the BMJ Publishing Group, where she ran both product teams and the technology/IT function. She has a career background in information companies as well as the public sector at Government Digital Service (GDS).
Christian is an independent Consultant and Project Manager for Digital Publishing and IT, helping publishers and technology companies around the world to define and implement innovative products and processes. He has successfully completed large and small projects for STM, HSS, educational, newspaper, and special interest publishing companies as well as for software companies. Currently, his projects are focussed around digital content and e-commerce solutions, content management, online dissemination of knowledge, and the application of methods from artificial intelligence to various stages of the publishing process. Christian has worked extensively with service providers all around the world, leading many RFP processes, system migrations, system implementations, and consolidations as well as defining and implementing the digital strategies for various publishing houses. Christian holds a masters degree in Computational Linguistics and has worked as a project manager, software developer, server administrator, event manager, and researcher in previous lives.
An active participant in the scholarly publishing community, Tasha is a member of the COUNTER Executive and organises the annual Digital Publishing conference for STM. Her industry expertise stretches from publishing operations and project management to policy setting, via technology management and business analysis. Tasha is the Director of Publishing at the Microbiology Society.
Phill Jones is the owner and principal consultant at Double L Digital which is a research, technology and management consultancy. He works with publishers, startups, institutions and funders, bringing an analytical and data-driven approach to a broad range of strategic and operational challenges. He’s worked in a variety of senior and governance roles in editorial, outreach, scientometrics, product and technology at such places as JoVE, Digital Science, and Emerald. He’s a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen industry blog and an active conference speaker. In a former life, he was a cross-disciplinary research scientist at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Harvard Medical School.
Andrew Vorster prides himself on being a catalyst for disruptive thinking and innovation that inspires organisations and individuals to realise the potential of the near future of technology by influencing strategic direction and future vision.
With a background in research and widely recognised as a thought leader in the technology space, he provides rich insights gained through global scanning and identification of technology trends, helping clients to gain an understanding of the potential implications to society, industry and individuals.
His work takes him across the globe in search of the current uses and the latest developments in technology, gathering information and case studies to share through scenarios and storytelling via keynote presentations, boardroom briefings, advisory services and workshop facilitation.
Catriona has more than 19 years of experience in scholarly publishing and 14 years in Open Access publishing. She worked initially for Elsevier as Editor and Managing Editor of Trends in Ecology & Evolution. In 2003 she joined PLOS as they launched their first journal. As well as being a Senior Editor on PLOS Biology, she was involved in the planning stages of PLOS ONE and the PLOS Community Journals and also acted as a Consulting Editor on PLOS ONE. Her most recent position before joining Hindawi in July 2017 was as Director of Advocacy. She took a sabbatical in 2007-2008 as an invited Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin and has a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of speciation. She is currently Chair of the OASPA Policy Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of OpenAire and the Royal Society (Publishing), the UUK Open Access Efficiencies Working Group and RCUK’s Open Access Practitioner Group.
Meet the topmost technology specialists from the publishing industry. Get the knowledge and inspiration to take your business to the next level.
We live in a time of change. At the publishing conference, you will get an opportunity to discover the most pressing trends the publishers are experiencing.
This year more than 100 delegates will join in London to be part of the conference. An excellent networking opportunity to meet senior publishing stakeholders.
A one day conference with more than 8 inspiring presentations. The event will engage you with thought-provoking sessions, Nibbles and drinks.
We are expecting more than 100 delegates from publishing companies.