Academic Publishing in Europe (APE 2006)

The Role of Information in Science and Society

4 – 5 April 2006
Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
Gendarmenplatz, Markgrafenstrasse 38
10117 Berlin
Entrance: Gendarmenplatz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

An International Conference initiated by the Association of Scholarly and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and the German Association of Publishers and Booksellers (Börsenverein). Organised under the auspices of the European Commission in cooperation with the Electronic Publishing Working Group (AKEP), Biomed Central, Wiley & Sons, Walter de Gruyter, Springer Science + Business Media, IOS Press, Sage Publications, mEDRA, Blackwell Publishers, Royal Swets, EBSCO, IBM and supported by leading Research and Library organisations in Germany and Europe.

What is happening in publishing and in the information market? This conference is organised so as to provide an international strategic forum for all parties involved in the role of information in science and society. Rather than simply restating well known positions we aim at a fresh approach which will deal with the many structural changes which have taken place in the information and value chains. Issues of language, culture, education, finance, technology, politics, standardisation and other matters will have a serious impact on the outreach of scientific communication. Academic publishing in Europe has a long tradition in which many small and medium -sized publishers and publishing societies have played a significant role. We have seen valuable initiatives for the creation of digital libraries. We have seen new funding models such as Open access and a major change from subscriptions to the licensing of information usage. The way in which we cite, quote and link information is changing as well. The correct use of information, however, depends also on the ability to search information and search engines do not yet come up to professional expectations.

The expected outcome of the conference is that stakeholders and interested parties will have a better understanding of the implications of change and will be able to identify the challenges and possibilities for more efficient production, dissemination and use of information. Many speakers, from different backgrounds and disciplines, will be giving their views in a unique setting.

Registration, facilities and information
The organisers and the sponsors of this conference invite you to participate at the special registration rate of €400 (plus 16% VAT). For members of STM, ALPSP and Börsenverein, there is a member price of €300 (plus 16% VAT).

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The conference language is English.

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Preliminary Program

Tuesday, 4 April
12:30 Registration open
14:00-15:45 Welcome and Opening Addresses
(Chair: Sally Morris, Chief Executive, ALPSP, London)

Dr. Gottfried Honnefelder, President, German Association of Publishers and Booksellers (Börsenverein), Frankfurt
Dr. Nicole Dewandre, European Commission - Research Directorate General, Scientific Advice and Governance (SDME), Brussels
Prof.Dr. Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Dr. Derk Haank, CEO, Springer Science + Business Media, Berlin
15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea
16:15-18:00 Session: The Scope of European Publishing
(Chair: Einar H. Fredriksson, Managing Director, IOS Press BV, Amsterdam)

David Hoole, Head of Brand Marketing and Content Licensing, Nature Publishing Group, London
The Changing Geography of an Industry and a Debate

Prof.Dr. Willy Stalmans, former Chairman, FEBS Publication Committee, University of Leuven
Publishing Constraints experienced by a large European Scientific Society

Vitek Tracz, Chairman, Science Navigation Group, London
What shall we do? - Challenges and opportunities of the coming changes in science publishing

Piero Attanasio, CEO, mEDRA srl, Milano/Bologna
The Impact of Technology on European Small and Medium-Sized Publishers
20:00 Conference Dinner: Speech by Dr. Pieter Bolman, CEO, STM, The Hague
Venue: Meistersaal, Köthenerstrasse 38, 10963 Berlin
Wednesday, 5 April
09:00-10:45 Session: Technology and Innovations
(Chair: Arnoud de Kemp, Electronic Publishing Working Group, AKEP and digilibri, Heidelberg)

Martin White, Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd., London
Is "Eureka" attainable? - Some reflections and forecasts on search technologies

Hans Jansen, Acting Director e-Strategy, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague
Permanent Access to Electronic Journals

Dr. Henk F. Moed, Centre for Science & Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University
New Developments in Citation Analysis and Research Evaluation

Dr. Stefan Decker, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Galway
The Social Semantic Desktop - Next generation collaboration infrastructure
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea
11:15-12:45 Session: Outreach of Research Communication
(Chair:Arie Jongejan, CEO, Royal Swets BV, Lisse)

Dr. Georg W. Botz, Max Planck Foundation, Munich
A Short Report from the 4th Berlin Open Access Conference, 29th -31st March, Golm

Prof.Dr. Gudrun Gersmann, DFG Committee on Academic Library Services and Information Systems, Cologne University
Providing and Accessing Scientific Literature. How the German Research Foundation (DFG) supports scholarly communication

Dr. Matthew Cockerill, Publisher, BioMed Central Ltd, London
The Economics of Open Access Publishing

Rene Olivieri, CEO, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford
New Masters, New Rules

Henning P. Nielsen, Chairman, Pharma Documentation Ring (PDR), Novo Nordisk S/A, Bagsvaerd
Science Authorship - Product Support - Information Consumer
12:30-13:30 Buffet Lunch
13:30-15:00 Session: Strategic Change
(Chair: Dr. Kurt König, Head of Unit CORDIS, Office for Offical Publications of the European Communities, Luxemburg)

Mark Seeley, Legal Counsel, Elsevier Science Inc., New York
The Impact of the Internet on the Service Aspects of STM Publishing

Dr. Christian Sprang, Legal Counsel, German Association of Publishers and Booksellers, Frankfurt
Strategic Change - in which direction?

Antje Sörensen, Legal Counsel, International Publishers Association (IPA), Geneva
From Copyright to Access Rights? How public policy might shape industry strategies

Martin Marlow, VP, Atypon Ltd., Abingdon
E-volution or Revolution - Some observations on emerging trends in content, technology and service provision
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee/Tea
15:30-17:00 Closing Panel
(Chair: Dr. Herman P. Spruijt, Non-Executive Director of Royal Brill Academic Publishers NV, Leiden and Vice President, International Publishers Association IPA, Geneva)

Prof.Dr. Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Dr. Albrecht Hauff, Member of the Executive Committee IPA and CEO Thieme Verlag KG, Stuttgart
Prof.Dr. Klaus Saur, Chairman, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co.KG, Berlin
Joachim Müller-Jung, Science Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt
Prof.Dr. Matthias Jarke, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and President, German Information Society (GI), Aachen
17:00 End of Conference APE 2006

Under the auspices of:

Directorate General for Research European Commission

Sponsored by:



de Gruyter














Looking forward to meeting you in Berlin,

The Program Committee
(in alphabetical order)
Matt Cockerill
Einar Fredriksson
Arnoud de Kemp
Sally Morris
Klaus Saur
Vitek Tracz