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Regional Event | United Kingdom

Join the SSP UK Regional Committee in Bristol for an evening of lightning talks and networking!

We’ll be welcoming five speakers for some quickfire musings on topics like the role of an editor today, Learned Society organizational strategy, peer review innovation, AI tools, and publishing event management. These speedy updates will be followed by a networking session (drinks and snacks also provided) where we can continue the conversations, seed some new ideas, and open up future connections.

Read a little more about our speakers below:

James Butcher – Is there a future for journal editors??
Consultant, Journalology
James has spent the past 20 years working at two of the most influential scientific publishers, first as Executive Editor at The Lancet and then as the leader of the Nature journals. He now helps editors and publishing professionals create impactful scholarly journals through consulting, coaching, and speaking. He is also the creator and author of Journalology, a weekly email that helps keep the scholarly publishing ecosystem up-to-date with the latest news.

Sam Burrell – The tensions between publishing strategy and learned societies’ organisational strategy
Consultant, Burrell Consultants
Sam has been a consultant to the scholarly communications industry since 2013, working at the intersections of business, product, content, technology, and strategy. She works with senior management teams, boards and individual leaders navigating or preparing for major change. Sam is also a co-convener and program chair of Society Street, a conference that brings together leaders and future leaders of Learned Societies to provide a venue to address the challenges facing them in a holistic fashion.

Laura Feetham-Walker – Peer review innovations and their impact
Reviewer Engagement Manager, IOP Publishing
Laura has over 13 years’ experience in scholarly publishing, working at The Lancet and BMJ before moving to IOP Publishing. Laura works on innovations that future-proof peer review, ensure that reviewers are recognised and rewarded for their work, and safeguard the integrity of the scientific record. These innovations include the launch of IOP Trusted Reviewer status, a comprehensive peer review training programme, reviewer feedback, and co-review, among others.

Tony O’Rourke – The use of AI at Enago
Vice-President – Partnerships, Enago
Tony O’Rourke has more than 30 years of experience in the scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing/scholarly communication sector. He has spent much of the last decade working in author and researcher services. At Enago, he is Vice President responsible for partnerships with publishers, professional societies and higher education organizations, making high-quality author services and knowledge/education services easily accessible for researchers and authors as well as launching AI products for use in scientific writing.

Mark Carden – Spills and thrills in publishing event management
Conference Director, Recruiter, and Consultant in Publishing, Libraries & Education
Mark is a recruiter at Mosaic Search & Selection, with over 20 years’ experience in publishing software, library systems and e-content. Since 2016 he has been the chair of the Researcher-to-Reader (R2R) Conference, an event committed to hosting productive conversations across the whole of the scholarly communications network.