• 2018 Wiley Society Executive Seminar

    What if? Imagining the Future
    of Research Communications

    Friday June 22nd, 2018, Knight Conference Center
    Newseum, Washington DC


  • 2018 Wiley Society Executive Seminar

    What if? Imagining the Future
    of Research Communications

    Friday June 22nd, 2018, Knight Conference Center
    Newseum, Washington DC


  • 2018 Wiley Society Executive Seminar

    What if? Imagining the Future
    of Research Communications

    Friday June 22nd, 2018, Knight Conference Center
    Newseum, Washington DC


Registered Delegates

Registered delegates can use their personal login details to access all of the speaker biographies, download presentations and comment on the sessions.

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

This year, we’re imagining the future of research communications. How will research be funded? What technologies will we use? Who are the researchers of tomorrow and what do we need to do to create a thriving, inclusive research community?

Let’s imagine the future together, and what we should do now to be ready for it.

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  • 8:30am - 9:00am Registration

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

  • 9:00 - 9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Sarah Phibbs, VP Society Publishing and Bill Deluise, VP Society Marketing welcome you to our 2018 Seminar.

  • 9:15am - 10:00am Keynote: Using the Power of Uncertainty to Shape the Future

    Prof. Amy Zalman, Founder, Strategic Narrative Institute; Professor of Strategic Foresight, Georgetown University
    The future of research is intertwined with the other major forces shaping our world. Where will the power centers of society be in the future? What will work look like, and who will do it? How will our experience of reality itself be shaped by the technology we rely on to navigate it? Prof. Zalman will explore these and other questions, and encourage us all to embrace the opportunity that lies in not fully knowing the future, and to “think like a futurist” to be prepared for tomorrow.

  • 10:00 - 10:30am Networking Break

    Enjoy tea, coffee, and snacks while you chat.

  • 10:30am - 11:10am The Future of Science and Technology Policy

    Andrew Tein, VP Government Affairs, Wiley
    Government policy around research regulation and funding continues to evolve. What are the major trends?

  • 11:10am - 11:50am The Growing Role of Private Funders

    Katja Brose, Science Program Officer, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
    What if government grants continue to be scarce, and private foundations play
    a bigger and bigger role in funding research? Hear directly from CZI about how
    they choose what to fund, how their model compares to others, and how they’re developing their long-term strategy.

  • 11:50am - 12:30am The Changing Centers of Research Investment: From West to East

    Lisa Brodey, Director, U.S. Office of Science and Technology Cooperation
    China and India’s growing investment in research has implications for which disciplines receive funding and on international collaborations. What will the impacts be for researchers?


  • 12:30am - 1:15pm Lunch

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

  • 1:15pm - 1:50pm Exploring the Implications of AI, Blockchain, VR, and Other Emerging Technologies on Scholarly Publishing

    Shashi Mudunuri, CEO, Research Square
    Research is truly a global effort, one that now takes place almost entirely in the digital world. With the ever-increasing amount of content, both papers and underlying data, it is no longer tenable to use systems and processes that are holdovers from the print era. We will consider the future of scholarly publishing, especially in light of openness and automation as two long-term trends that will shape how research will be done in the near future.

  • 1:50pm - 2:30pm Confronting Bias in Scholarly Publishing

    Prof. Debbie Chachra, Professor of Engineering at Olin College
    of Engineering
    While double-blind peer review is (rightly) held up as a gold standard in science and other fields, it’s part of a larger ecosystem of scholarly research, one that is shaped by a history of exclusion. What new practices might we embrace to not only combat bias in our publishing decisions, but also in how we create our communities?

  • 2:30 - 2:45pm Afternoon Break

    Coffee, tea, light refreshments

  • 2:45 - 3:15pm Citizen Science: Crowd Sourcing the Future of Research

    Dr. Caren Cooper, Biodiversity Research Lab, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
    In the same way that the Open Science movement opened up access to research outputs, citizen science increases access to the research process, with the potential to change not only how knowledge is produced but also who participates in research.

  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm Building the World We Want to Live in: A Publisher’s Perspective

    Bill Deluise, VP Society Marketing, Wiley
    As change in scientific and scholarly publishing continues to speed up, many parallels are emerging between our industry and changes in other sectors. How can we as an industry not only adapt, but help to build a world where research is stronger than ever?

  • 3:45pm - 4:45pm Drinks Reception

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

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  • Network

    Expand your network and meet new people in learned publishing.

  • Discover

    Learn more about the trends affecting the learned society landscape.

  • Share

    Discuss and share your own experiences and tips.



This year the Seminar will again be held at the Knight Conference Center at The Newseum, conveniently located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.

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Wiley has negotiated a room block for this event at the Hotel Monaco Washington DC. The Wiley room block is available June 21 – 23, 2018 on a first-come, first-served basis until May 22, 2018 or when the room block is filled. You must reference the Wiley Group Code CVX when booking your reservations in order to take advantage of the negotiated room rate of $249++/night.

Reservations can be booked online or over the phone through central reservations: 800-546-7866.

Please email Young Weaver if you have any issues with booking your reservations.

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