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APE on target to ramp up relevance: Popular event to reflect an age of change in academic publishing.

Berlin is once again the venue for the 13th Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) meeting in January.

With the title Publishing 2021: Ramping up Relevance, the two-day event will be held at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, in the heart of the city, and promises as always to be one of the most anticipated industry meetings of the year, when it convenes on the 14th and 15th. There is also a pre-conference, held at the nearby NH Hotel, on 13 January.

Speakers and delegates at the event include: academic, educational, scientific, technological, medical, legal and professional publishers, university presses, researchers, authors, editors, librarians, teachers, learned and professional societies and associations, funding agencies, politicians and policy makers, subscription agencies and booksellers, recruiting agencies and technology providers.

Organiser Arnoud de Kemp said: 'We are in an age of change. Scholarly publishing needs to embrace and be energised by what is possible, and to acknowledge and listen to demands by all our stakeholders.

'Collaboration is key--only then can we drive change, developing better ways to support a high quality, efficient system for communicating the outcomes of research. In this year's conference we bring different perspectives together to think about how we tackle key issues and make progress.

'Speakers will examine what this new course might look like and whether it will it complement or replace existing routes to scholarly communication. Will it offer new opportunities for publishers and what might they be? Should publishers invest more to prove their value in scholarly communication and how might they do this, or is their value better communicated by their actions?'

Liz Marchant, of Taylor & Francis, is coordinating programme development for APE. She told Research Information: 'APE aims to bring together key stakeholders to debate the issues of the day and learn about different perspectives. We also try to ensure attendees leave the conference with something useful, that they can act upon what they hear.

'One big area of debate at the moment is Plan S, and this year we hope to look at both open access and open science through the lens of making progress, moving from a debate on policy to one of effective implementation, and examining the roles of different stakeholders. Also central is the researcher and how scholarly communication changes as a result of what is asked of them by their funders, or to progress their career.

'We're really excited about the Pre-Conference Day on the Monday. This is about Learning, focussing (again) on how we work together to develop a workforce fit for the future in Europe looking at the challenges ahead--changing values, changing skills, opening the box of how different publishers are tacking this.

'Also crucial, as with the main conference, is bringing together different stakeholders--new talent in publishing should be engaging with new talent in academia. I would highly recommend that those who have an interest in influencing this conversation attend.

'I am very honoured to be programme co-ordinator this year, working with Arnoud and the programme committee, as well as support from Bob Campbell, who has acted as programme chair in recent years. I have been involved for the last four years, learning what makes this well-loved conference so unique and valuable.'

The event offers delegates multiple networking opportunities; the conference dinner will be held at the famous Refugium restaurant, under the French Dome (pictured above) on Gendarmenmarkt, opposite the Academy.

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