• 2018 Wiley Society Executive Seminar

    Survive or Thrive? Sustainable Publishing Strategies in an Age of Disruption

    Friday 2 March, 2018 at the Law Society, London

  • 2018 Wiley Society Executive Seminar

    Survive or Thrive? Sustainable Publishing Strategies in an Age of Disruption

    Friday 2 March, 2018 at the Law Society, London

  • 2018 Wiley Society Executive Seminar

    Survive or Thrive? Sustainable Publishing Strategies in an Age of Disruption

    Friday 2 March, 2018 at the Law Society, London

2018 Seminar

The Wiley Society Executive Seminar is an annual event held in London for learned societies and association staff.

Many society executives are asking themselves questions about the future of learned societies, the continuing relevancy of scholarly journals, and how to engage with members in ways that strengthen the community. At the 2018 London Wiley Society Executive Seminar, we’re going to explore the answers to those questions together under the theme: “Survive or Thrive? Sustainable Publishing Strategies in an Age of Disruption.”

We’ll discuss the threats and the opportunities in scholarly publishing today, how to succeed in the midst of disruption, and explore key trends and the actions you can take now to ensure that you are sustainable for the long-term. See our speakers >>

The networking with other societies was very useful, as was meeting more of the Wiley team. For me, the data sharing session was really insightful, and I had a lot of very useful conversations in the breaks. 

Society delegate, London 2017



  • 9:00am - 9:30am Registration

    Join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet other delegates.

  • 9:30 - 9:40am Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Sarah Phibbs, VP Society Management, welcomes you to our 2018 Seminar.

  • 9:40am - 10:40am Keynote: Finding the Opportunities in Disruption

    Terence Mauri, author and global expert on helping leaders innovate,
    adapt and succeed in the age of disruption shares case studies, lessons and insights to “future-proof” your mindset and your strategy.

  • 10:40 - 11:00am Networking Break

    Enjoy tea, coffee, and snacks while you chat.

  • 11:00am - 11:45am 5 Key Trends in Scholarly Publishing

     Globalization, innovation in technology, shifting funding models,
    heightened government legislation and evolving community expectations
    are changing the publishing landscape. Bill Deluise, VP Society Marketing at Wiley, explores what these trends mean for societies.

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm Pirates or Pioneers? Addressing unmet needs in the research community

    The emergence of Scholarly Collaboration Networks and SciHub signal unmet needs in the research community, but they’re not the only answers. Guido Hermann, VP & Managing Research Director at WIley, shares how developing technology provides alternatives for improving access. 

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch

    Enjoy a catered lunch and chance to continue networking with other society leaders.


  • 1:30pm - 2:15pm A wish list for better research communications

     Sally Rumsey, Head of Scholarly Communications & Data Management at Oxford, explores the different roles people play in the research process,
    why librarians and publishers are encouraging research sharing practices,
    and why the trend continues to be towards greater openness.

  • 2:15pm - 2:40pm How to use Twitter to meet your membership goals

    In the first of 2 lightning round sessions on evolving community expectations, learn from Twitter’s UK Head of Planning, David Wilding, how you can use social media for your membership goals.

  • 2:40pm - 3:05pm Why societies must fight to stay relevant

    As expectations, incentives, and behaviors change, Executive Director
    of the Royal Statistical Society Hetan Shah argues that societies assume
    their own sustainability at great risk. How can member organizations avoid the trap of complacency and work to remain relevant?

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Break

    Continue the conversation about trends in publishing and new strategies
    for member engagement by sharing your questions and key takeaways
    with other delegates through an interactive “Post It” Session.

  • 3:30 - 4:15pm Bringing it All Together: What Should You Do on Monday?

    In a panel discussion moderated by Liz Ferguson, Wiley’s VP of Publishing Development, we review the key trends and actions you can take back to inform today’s decisions and planning for the future.

  • 4:15 - 4:30pm Closing Remarks

     As a 7th generation member of the Wiley family engaged in the business, Jesse Wiley shares his reflections on the day and on the future of society publishing.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm Drinks Reception

    Join us over drinks for a final chance to connect and discuss.


This year the Society Executive Seminar will be held at the Law Society, less than 10 minutes walk from Chancery Lane tube station.

The Law Society’s Hall
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL

Nearest underground stations:

  • Chancery Lane (Central Line)
  • Temple and Blackfriars (Circle and District Lines)

    Nearest rail stations:

  • Waterloo Station
  • Charing Cross
  • City Thameslink
  • Liverpool Street is a short taxi ride away

    For more information, go to Visiting the The Law Society Hall.



If you will be traveling to London, a block of rooms is reserved at the Club Quarters Hotel at St. Paul’s, an easy 10-minute walk from the Law Society.

Make your reservation online or call 0207 451 5800 by 1 February 2018
and use code “WILEY1” to receive a discounted rate.


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