ALPSP Virtual Conference Programme

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Wednesday 16 September
Keynote and Awards
18:00‑18:15 Introduction 
18:15‑19:00 Keynote Speaker
Sherri Aldis
Chief of United Nations Publications, Department of Global Communications, United Nations

The Sustainable Development Goals: What do they mean for Scholarly Publishing and Research in the COVID-19 world? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all 193 United Nations Member States in 2015, were created as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Today, as we collectively confront the COVID-19 pandemic, they are more relevant than ever.

“We need to turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future.” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

We have our roadmap for the next 10 years. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030, leveraging this moment of crisis, when usual policies and social norms have been disrupted. This is the time for change, for a profound systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. Scholarly publishing and research can contribute to this change. Creating and disseminating timely, reliable and factual content is essential to recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time working towards achieving the SDGs.

During this keynote we will explore what the SDGs are, how they are even more relevant today, what they mean for scholarly publishing and research, how the UN integrates them into its own research and publishing programmes, and how we can work together to achieve them. Throughout we will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted our work globally, and what solutions we put into place to adapt publishing workflows.
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19:00‑20:00 Awards winner announcement

Chair: David Sommer
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Kudos
David Sommer
Thursday 17 September
Transparency and trust in scholarly communication: changing access, business models and funding
13:00‑13:10 Introduction 
13:15‑13:45 Session 1 - What's the long-term legacy of COVID-19 on trust and transparency

Chair: Daniela Saderi,
Co-Founder and Director, PREreview
Co-Chair: Phil Hurst, Publisher, The Royal Society
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13:45‑14:00 Q&A 
14:00‑14:15 Break 
14:15‑14:45 Session 2 - Discussing a global direction on Open Access and Open Research

Chair: Arend Küster
Director Funder Relations, Springer Nature

The need for Open Science is universal and a global reality. However, moving to a local level, implementation of open science activities has specific regional as well as subject specific challenges. In this session, we will try to look from different perspective at the shift to open science at large, and open access in particular, as we will hear from speakers representing funders, research organisations and publishers from different parts of the world. We will aim to work out the opportunities to move to global open access and open science, but also the intended  and unintendend consequences of implementation through diverse lenses and different perspectives.
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14:45‑14:55 Q&A 
14:55‑15:15 Break 
15:15‑15:45 Session 3 - Business models for OA and OS in a post COVID world

Chair: Yvonne Campfens,
Project Manager OA Switchboard, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
15:45‑15:55 Q&A 
15:55‑16:15 Break 
16:15‑16:45 Round table discussion 
16:45‑17:00 Wrap up by Chair 
Friday 18 September
Career development, accessibility of publishing and wellbeing
13:00‑13:10 Introduction
13:15‑13:45 Session 4 - COVID-19 Fallout: A discussion
13:45‑14:00 Q&A
14:00‑14:15 Break
14:15‑14:45 Session 5 - Creating a supportive and inclusive industry following the pandemic
14:45‑14:55 Q&A
14:55‑15:15 Break
15:15‑15:45 Session 6 - Post COVID-19 how do we diversify the publishing industry both at publishers and through greater support of researchers around the globe?
15:45‑15:55 Q&A
15:55‑16:15 Break
16:15‑16:45 Round table discussion
16:45‑17:00 Wrap up by Chair


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