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Society Street London 2019

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, United Kingdom

Riding the Storms: Adapting and Growing in a Challenging Climate.

Schedule

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Session 1: Changing People

9:05 AM - 10:30 AM

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How can associations adapt or should they? That's one of the key questions we will focus on to ensure we have thriving associations longer term. How does today's workforce, especially with regard to demographic differences, give us an opportunity to rethink how we operate?

Session 2: Tomorrow's Members

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Unveiling the results of Wiley's 2019 Society Member Survey (now in its 5th year). We look at why younger members join, renew, receommend or lapse membership. We also reveal what aspects of the member offering they value most, and what societies can do to attract and retain early career researchers. Given the growing open research movement, we also asked for their views on how their society should be engaging with open access and open research.

Session 3: Keeping Meetings Key

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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This session will look at how you can maximise the potential for your society events. Emma will look at the key elements the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) focus on when developing and delivering stand out events to its members and stakeholders. She will provide some take home hints and tips used by the RCR and other organisation for increasing interactivity and engagement in events and training. You will hear real life examples of customer service excellent and its importance in events delivery.

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Jonathan will be providing a case study from the British Ecologcal Society, where science conferences and events are right up at the top of what members value most. The flagship event is the annual meeting which has become a physical embodiment of all the Society is about: a welcoming gathering of a global community of ecologists, the latest science, and lots of social and networking events. It leaves people fired up about their research and the new contacts they've made. The event's success is down to the dedication of our in-house events team, working through the year with an academic committee and volunteers, and listening to feedback from the research community.

Session 4: Practical Future-Proofing, Track 1

2:00 PM - 3:10 PM

PRESENTATION

AI for societies

15:57

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Contextual changes and demographic factors are threatening societies and membership organisations' ability to fulfil their missions. To remain relevant, societies need to break away from the status quo and redefine at a strategic level how they will meet their own and their members' objectives. In a world where technology has transformed user expectations, societies need to evolve into data-driven organisations that deliver member-centred products. This talk will show how societies can harness AI on this journey, in particular to increase member engagement and generate new revenue streams.
PRESENTATION

Blockchain

12:45

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Ian will give a brief introduction to blockchain, explain how the core components work at a high level. He will explain why it might be the case that the needs blockchain is trying to meet may be better met though other approaches within the domain of scholarly publishing.

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Hear how Wiley is delivering new value to its society customers via online community, working in partnership with community software providers Zapnito. In this case-study of the Zapnito-hosted FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) Network, learn how and why Zapnito, Wiley and FEBS launched an online community for FEBS members - and the wider biochemical research community - and what we learnt along the way.

Session 4: Practical Future-Proofing, Track 2

2:00 PM - 3:10 PM

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Neil will talk about open science, open access and how Plan S fits and challenges both. He will touch on the dynamism of the global market and how multi-speed and flexible business models give the best set of outcomes for authors (and society executives). He will talk about the opportunities and challenges Plan S presents for commercial publishers, and how these are amplified for society partners, especially those with significant commercial or subscription revenues. And finally, he will share the blueprint of Elsevier’s approach, and a commercial publisher’s view of how societies can take advantage of the changing landscape.

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Learned societies publish journals primarily to serve their scholarly communities, more recently some of them have also managed to make a surplus which they also use to support their other mission activity. These two aspects of journal publishing are both mission related, of course, and the balance between them varies considerably depending on the society. The Royal Society only started making appreciable surplus from the journals in the 21st century; for over 300 years the journals were heavily loss making. Open access is clearly the future and the Royal Society is very supportive of open science in general. Last year, over 45% of all our articles were immediate OA. Clearly institutional and funder support for OA is a crucial driver and while we welcome the greatly increased impetus Plan S has provided, we have concerns about the way the policy will be implemented. As the national academy of science, our primary concerns will always be the good of science and the interests of scientists. We are therefore concerned that Plan S is likely to have negative consequences for early career scientists, for collaboration and for the level of support for OA in the research community.

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What does the future hold for subscriptions? Does Plan S mean the death of your publishing business? Can quality publications survive in today’s information environment? Or only science ones? And what did the latest implementation guidelines of Plan S add to the conversation? Sam has ALL the answers (and a crystal ball).