9 - 10 January 2024, Berlin

About the Event

Keep the conversation going!

Scholarly communication encompasses various aspects. It can be about publishers, it can be about publishing, but ultimately it is about making sure that thoroughly research outcomes effectively reach those who rely on them: researchers, policymakers, industry professionals and practitioners. The means used to achieve this goal are continually evolving, with the rate of change consistently increasing. Does the future of scholarly communication lie in the foundations of our past, in the dynamics of our present, or within uncharted territories?


9 & 10 January 2024

With a Pre-conference
on Monday, January 8th.

ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Navigating Evolving Systems: A Workshop

Monday , 8 January 2024, 14:00 - 17:00

The aim of this workshop, where Early Career Researchers will take center stage in a fruitful dialogue with publishers, is to foster a deeper understanding of the present and facilitate future collaboration within evolving systems. Research is increasingly crucial in a changing world where ‘knowledge’ is readily available. Accurate and trusted communication of research outcomes is vital to ensure that further work builds upon a trusted corpus of knowledge. Given the role of publication in research assessment and careers, there is pressure to publish, necessitating fair and well-managed assessment. In a series of group interviews and discussions, we will explore the question: How can the scholarly publishing community assist ECRs on their journey to publication?

Full Conference

Please note that slight changes and updates could still occur, and we are pleased to keep you updated on our ongoing activities.

Day 1

Tuesday, 9 January 2024

Doors Open

Welcome Coffee

Day Moderation:  Dr. Jasmin Lange, CPO, Brill 

A Short Welcome

Marta Dossi, CEO, Berlin Institute for Scholarly Publishing (BISP)

Greetings & Opening

Likki-Lee Pitzen, First Secretary, Cultural Affairs and Press
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bangkok  

Can scholarly publishers change the world? The role of the SDGs within the publishing industry

Driving SDG action and engagement in the publishing sector involves two key priorities. Firstly, the focus is on showcasing the commercial benefits of SDG alignment to industry leaders, shifting the narrative beyond just “the right thing to do.” Secondly, there is an active promotion of engagement with the STM DG roadmap resource to provide a clear path for stakeholders. Additionally, the commitment lies in galvanizing the sector by fostering stronger connections with the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows, leveraging their expertise to accelerate progress.

Chair: Stephanie Dawson, CEO, ScienceOpen


Agata Morka, PhD, Regional Director, Publishing Development, PLOS

Ritu Dhand, Chief Scientific Officer, Springer Nature

Nikesh Gosalia, President Global Academic and Publisher Relations, Cactus

Charlie Rapple, Chief Customer Officer and Co-founder, Kudos


Lunch Time & Networking


The five principles of Lean Change: A modern approach to delivering sustainable business change in publishing

This session will explain what Lean Change is and how it can benefit publishing companies going through complex change. In a world where change is the new norm, the focus is on keeping change plans light as we learn our way forward, collaborating with your people to get to better answers for your organisation, and in doing so, build a lasting internal change capability.

Charlotte Talmage, Change management and communications specialist​, Uuna

Julian Sharples, Change, communications and diagnostics specialist, Uuna

David Roche, Leadership coach


Building a more open and inclusive publishing system: What can we learn from tech companies?

Harsh Jegadeesan, CPO, Springer Nature

In this keynote, Harsh Jegadeesan will offer insights from his ‘outsider’ perspective, rooted in his background in the technology sector, on what is needed to build a more open, inclusive publishing system.


Coffee Break & Networking


The Trusted Corpus and AI

Peer-reviewed scientific publications represent the bedrock of what can be described as “state of the art” for trusted information. Large Language Models and other forms of Artificial Intelligence will tend to work better when the corpus on which they build can be “trusted” – which leads one to ask: how are scientific publishers thinking about the use of AI in their products and workflows? In this session, the panel will focus on:

  • What’s important in the external (regulatory) policy landscape that publishers need to be aware of?
  • How is AI currently being integrated into products and workflows? 
  • What should we be worried about?
  • Science and AI in five years – what is your prediction? What is your hope?

Chair: Rachel Burley, CPO, American Physical Society


Dr. George Tsatsaronis, Vice President Data Science, Research Content Operations, Elsevier

Dr. Thomas Lemberger, Deputy Head of Scientific Publications, EMBO

15:45 - 17:15

Good Science and AI

Organized together with the Elkana Forum

It’s not just about what AI does to science—it’s about what science becomes with AI. This panel will examine the essence of “quality” in scientific endeavors, especially when AI’s algorithmic lens refracts and potentially distorts the trajectory of humanistic values and methodological rigor that underpin scientific progress. A special focus will be how AI will transform knowledge dissemination, contemplating whether it serves as a beacon of a new enlightenment or an eclipse of the human element in research narratives. With a view towards scientific publishing, this panel highlights the need for a historico-critical perspective on AI’s role in science making and sharing. Can AI honor the legacy of scientific rigor, or will it inscribe a new episteme that redefines what we accept as knowledge?

Chair: Prof. Manuel Hartung


Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann

Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer

17:15 - 17:45

The APE Award

The APE Award for Innovation in Scholarly Communication was born to celebrate the 18th birthday of the APE Conference in 2023, and it is going to accompany the conference for the years to come. This award, supported by Digital Science, will be given to an individual who has brought innovation in scholarly communication to the community, through infrastructure, technology, business models, and output on the topic, theory, or practice. Nominees can be part of organizations, or they can be independent.


Conference Dinner


Behrenstraße 42, Berlin Mitte

Due to limited seating only for invited guests and ticket holders.

Day 2

Wednesday, 10 January 2024

Doors Open

Welcome Coffee

Day Moderation:  Dr. Jasmin Lange, CPO, Brill 

Wake-up Session: “My Back Pages”
An Interview with Richard Charkin

Interviewed by Martin Wilson, Head of Content, Researcher Services, Taylor & Francis


Transformation beyond Transformative Agreements?

Even as Transformative Agreements have proliferated in recent years, concerns have been expressed around their exclusionary nature, which runs counter to the tenets of the open access movement. These agreements, which are built primarily on shifting the burden of cost to authors (applying author processing charges, APCs, as a primary unit), have been critiqued for their lack of suitability to viably support the diversity of research outputs across disciplines, as well as their potential to marginalize research communities in underprivileged and low-resourced settings worldwide. 

Moderated by Niamh O’Connor from PLOS, this session will highlight three open access initiatives that have aimed to address these concerns through collective models that are centered on equity. At the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Kamran Naim will describe how the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) pioneered collective action in open access at the global level—effectively transitioning and sustaining open access for the discipline for a decade, with no barriers to authors or readers. Richard Gallagher, from the non-profit publisher, Annual Reviews, will highlight its experience in developing and implementing the Subscribe to Open model, and Ben Ashcroft of DeGruyter will share the rationale behind why this conditional model, premised on collective action, was deemed the most suitable to advance its open access goals.

Chair: Dr Niamh O’Connor, PhD, Chief Publishing Officer, PLOS


Kamran Naim, PhD, Head of Open Science, CERN

Richard Gallagher, PhD, President and Editor-in-Chief, Annual Reviews

Ben Ashcroft, Vice President Commercial, De Gruyter


Coffee Break & Networking


The Research Integrity Debate: Should science slow down or speed up?

In the face of escalating research integrity concerns, the scholarly community grapples with the scale and scope of this crisis. This panel will explore how to address integrity concerns pre-publication and post-publication, ensuring that ongoing trust in science does not waver. 

Research integrity issues are driven from a broad range of activities, from fraud and misconduct, to errors made in the rush to publish or perish. Simultaneously, publishers navigate the need for sustainable revenue models amidst the pursuit of rapid growth. As we strive for speed, scale, and growth, how do we ensure we don’t lose sight of validity, accuracy, and quality? 

This panel will discuss strategies for identifying integrity issues pre-publication, as well as measures to ensure that post-publication problems are discoverable and properly communicated. In a complex, multi-stakeholder challenge, the panel will explore how to balance efficiency and integrity, while developing the touchpoints and collaborations necessary to create an integrated, modern approach to protect research and prevent everything from errors to fraud.


Sven Fund, Managing Director, Reviewer Credits


Kim Eggleton, Head of Peer Review & Research Integrity, IOP Publishing

Hylke Koers, Chief Information Officer, STM Solutions

Julian Moore, Managing Director Technology Corporate Finance, Lincoln International

Othman Altalib, Chief Growth Officer, Morressier


Lunch Time & Networking


STM's New Dotcoms to Watch

A Session sponsored by the STM Association, Oxford/The Hague

Presented by Martijn Roelandse, PhD, STM, Park 56


Coffee Break & Networking


Rewarding for Reviewing? Changing paradigms in research integrity

Peer review is core to scientific evaluation. Despite recent advancements in tools enabling peer identification, fraud prevention, and network collaboration, the human factor is still the most important. Peer reviewing is often claimed by scientists as an element from which publishers enrich themselves free of charge. 


In this panel we want to examine the topic from different perspectives: by looking at the results of a survey, we gain an overview of the demands on the peer review system, while a scientist previously introduced us to the demands of researchers. Finally, a fully OA publisher will offer insights on its approach to researchers who face demanding careers but who wish to collaborate more deeply with their peer group. And it will shine a light on its efforts to support larger communities in the broader move to open science.


Kathryn Sharples, Wiley, Group VP, Publishing Strategy & Policy


Gianluca Carnabuci, Director of Research, Professor of Organizational Behavior, ESMT Berlin

Sven Fund, Managing Director, Reviewer Credits

Dr. Anke Beck, Head of External Affairs, Europe, Frontiers


Academic Freedom in Times of Online Publishing

Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, President, All European Academies (ALLEA)

Introduced by Dr. Anke Beck, Head of External Affairs, Europe, Frontiers 

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About The Event Organizer

The Berlin Institute for Scholarly Publishing (BISP) is a not-for-profit organization under German law founded in 2020 and dedicated to bringing publishers, researchers, funders, and policymakers together. Starting with the 2021 edition, BISP is the organizer of the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) Conference.
BISP organized the past APE Conferences side to side with the founder of this yearly event, Arnoud de Kemp, who is responsible for curating the annual exchange of information between publishers, researcher institutions, libraries, universities, and decision-makers at local, national and EU level since 2006.
Next to the organization of the APE Conferences, BISP will develop and run seminars and workshops for early-career researchers, early-career publishers, and early-career professionals.
The purpose is to bring these groups together to ensure that key stakeholders in the research ecosystem develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that they face together and separately.


ESMT Berlin – Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany

APE 2024 is going to take place in the European School of Management and Technology, ESMT Berlin, on the perimeters of what once was the East German State Council first, and the Federal Chancellery after that. With its unique history, the ESMT Berlin is an exceptional location for the first publishing event in the New Year.

These Are

Our Speakers

Dr. Caroline Sutton

CEO, The STM Association, Oxford/The Hague

Judy Verses

President of Academic and Government Markets, Elsevier

Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler

President, Free University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rocholl

Präsident, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin

Jessica Sänger

Director for European and International Affairs, German Publishers and Booksellers Association

Dr. Hylke Koers

Chief Information Officer for STM Solutions

Dr Hakim Meskine

Data Scientist, Wiley-VCH, Berlin

Rachel Burley

Chief Publications Officer, American Physical Society

Alice Meadows

Director of Community Engagement, NISO

Thea Sherer

Director of Sustainability and Climate Action Officer, Springer Nature Group

Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Dirnagl

Professor of Clinical Neuroscience, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Founding Director QUEST, BIH

Dr. Tracey Weissgerber

Group Lead Meta-research and Automated Screening Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) at Charité

Chris Graf

Research Integrity Director Springer Nature

Harsh Jegadeesan

Chief Solutions Officer at Springer Nature Group

Sabina Alam, PhD

Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity Taylor & Francis Group, Journals

Gabriela Mejias

Community Manager, DataCite, Hannover

Dr. Nandita Quaderi

Editor-in-Chief and VP Editorial, Web of Science, Clarivate, London