We’re pleased to share the agenda for this year’s Seminar “Partnering to Support the Research Process.” Our speakers will explore how members of the scientific and scholarly community can work together to support researchers early in their careers, improve the publishing process, and communicate research more effectively. For more information about this year’s speakers, see their bios here.


  • 9:00am - 9:30am Registration

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

  • 9:30 - 9:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Sarah Phibbs and Andy Robinson welcome you to our 2017 Seminar.

  • 9:45am - 10:45am Keynote: Why Science Matters

    Dr. Giles Yeo on why public trust in science is at a profound low, and yet the potential of research and its power to shape our world has never been more important.

  • 10:45 - 11:00am Networking Break

    Enjoy tea, coffee, and snacks while you chat.

  • 11:00am - 11:30am A Day in the Life of an Early Career Researcher

    Dr. Charlotte Mathieson will review the challenges faced by early career researchers and what can societies and publishers do to help them succeed.

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm Tools for Scholarly Collaboration

    Steven Henderson will present on what ResearchGate and other new digital communities mean for more traditional collaboration spaces.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

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


  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm The Right Data Policy for Your Journal: A Panel Discussion

    Peter Diggle, past President of the Royal Statistical Society; Catherine Hill, Head of Publications at the British Ecological Society; and Chris George, Senior Editor for the British Journal of Pharmacology will discuss the process of arriving at a position on data archiving and why it’s important.

  • 2:15pm - 2:40pm Focus on Authors

    Natasha White will explain why understanding author needs is critical to creating excellent authoring experiences.

  • 2:40pm - 3:05pm Evolving Models of Peer Review

    Prof. Mike Ritchie and Dr Andrew Beckerman will discuss the benefits and challenges of alternative peer review models.

  • 3:05pm - 3:20pm Afternoon Break

    Enjoy coffee and tea while you network with other delegates.

  • 3:20 - 3:50pm Open Access and Enabling Access for Greater Impact

    Liz Ferguson will give an update on developments in open access, and how publishers and societies can increase access to knowledge more generally.

  • 3:50 - 4:15pm Science Communication: Working with the Media

    Prof. Adam Hart will look at how researchers and learned societies can successfully engage with journalists and the public, and why it’s important for research impact.

  • 4:15 - 5:30pm Closing Remarks and Drinks Reception

    Judy Verses, Wiley’s Executive Vice President for Research, shares her reflections. Then join us over drinks for a final chance to make connections and discuss the day.