5 - 6 Dec 2017 business design centre, london
Web of Science - Clarivate Analytics

2017 Conference Programme

Day One - 5th December 2017

Day Two - 6th December 2017

Day One - 5th December 2017

9:30 - 10:15

Opening Keynote

10:15 - 11:15

Valuing truth in the age of fake – plenary session

2017 has seen the word ‘fake’ enter common parlance and truth has appeared to become increasingly contingent in public life. Although truth and reliability have always been implicit in our industry, issues around verification and reproducibility are now under question across the whole information chain. This session assesses the impact of fake on publishers and information users alike and asks is it time for the information industry to shift its thinking and approach?

11:30 - 12:30

Open Science, open futures?

The open movement is creating the conditions for the evolution of new models for scientific research. This session will review how open initiatives are emerging at the interface between the political mandates of institutions and the changing expectations of researchers.

11:30 - 12:30

Birth of the new infotech

For content owners, brokers and aggregators, technology is increasingly more about exploiting strategic assets than access and entitlement. With semantic enrichment at the heart of the new infotech, this session will look at its impact on the way information is presented and consumed.

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:15

Disruptor Zone - Heat 1

Start-up companies and ‘disruptors’ are changing the face of the information industry and quickly responding to technology changes, user behaviour and customer needs. Our Disruptor Zone contestants will present their business concept in short, timed presentations. Attendees will vote on each presentation, and combined with the judges input, will determine a winner to go onto the Final.

14:15 - 15:15

Welcome to the New Impact

How do we evaluate differing notions of impact? Impact factors continue to be the primary mark used to evaluate career progression, journal quality and funding outputs, however today’s generations of researchers are also comfortable with altmetrics and the ability to drive their own impact. How will impact evolve in the near future?

14:15 - 15:15

The AI and machine learning renaissance – a revolution in waiting?

The long-heralded impact of AI is beginning to transform information markets. Beyond the transformation of content, AI technology is restating the relationship between authors, consumers and brokers. This session will look at how AI is being used to address usage, impact and audience engagement.

15:30 - 16:15

Afternoon Keynote

Day Two - 6th December 2017

9:15 - 10:00

Opening Keynote

10:00 - 11:00

Facing the realities of uncertainty - plenary session

In this panel session, our speakers will assess the impact on the information industry of the political and economic events that have dominated our news agenda in 2017.  From Brexit to Trump and from climate change to piracy, our panel will assess the game changing new realities the information world faces.

11:15 - 11:30

Disruptor Zone - Heat 2

In our second Disruptor Zone heat contestants will present their business concept in short, timed presentations. Attendees will the votes on each presentation, and combined with the judges input, will determine a winner to go onto the Final.

11:30 - 12:30

New tribes, changing realities

The rise to prominence in the workplace of millennials and Generation C tribes is shifting the expectations of information users. In this session, we’ll look at the demographics and discuss how these new tribes are impacting information consumption.

11:30 - 12:30

Embracing the new digital - skills, techniques and tools

Customer experience experts in online teams are using a growing set of sophisticated tools and techniques to understand user behavior and outcomes. This session will feature those in the information industry who are adapting them to suits their needs, with their tips on how you can practically apply them to your work.

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

Educating the new end-user – strategies to reach millennials and Generation C

How can information suppliers and professionals lead their users to higher value information use when the prevailing climate is fragmentation and personalised compilation? This session will review case studies for strategic deployment of information for the new generations of users.

13:30 - 14:30

Meet the up-starts – the publishing start-ups challenging the status quo

An emerging generation of publishing start-ups, driven by the new rules of digital commerce, is having a profound impact on our industry. In this session, we showcase some of them and ask them to talk through their approach and thinking.

14:45 - 15:00

Disruptor Zone Final

Our Disruptor Zone competition reaches its climax with finalists presenting their newest and most innovative products, platforms and content.

15:00 - 15:45

Closing Keynote