RSPF Speakers

  • Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum – 2020 Speakers

    For the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum at The London Book Fair 2020, we are pleased to welcome Conference Chairs Alicia Wise, Senior VP, Information Power and Richard Charkin, Founder of Mensch Publishing, who will lead a field of experts in academic publishing.

  • Alicia Wise

    Senior VP

    Information Power

    Dr. Alicia Wise is a game changer working at the intersection of copyright, digital technologies, policy, and people. As a conceptual thinker and experienced communicator, she has expertise in driving organisational development and transformational change. She has been active in Open Access for 20 years as an academic author, as well as in roles with funders, libraries, consortia, publishers, and universities. She has served on the boards of organisations including Access to Research, Accessible Books Consortium, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, Digital Preservation Coalition, and Research4Life.

    Richard Charkin


    Mensch Publishing

    Richard Charkin has enjoyed forty-seven years of a career in publishing of all sorts – academic, educational, trade, international, digital, books, journals, STM, and B2B. He has worked in senior positions at OUP, Reed Elsevier, Macmillan and Bloomsbury and has also been involved in smaller entrepreneurial businesses such as Credo Reference and Current Science Group. He has been Chairman of the UK Publishers Association, President of the International Publishers Association, and delegate to the Federation of European Publishers. He is currently President of Bloomsbury China, President of John Wisden, founder and sole employee of Mensch Publishing, non-executive director of Institute of Physics Publishing, non-executive director of Liverpool University Press, and Chair of the Trustees of Common Purpose.

  • Claudio Aspesi

    Independent Consultant

    Bio to come

    Euan Adie


    Euan Adie has started or managed half a dozen tools for researchers and publishers, both free and commercial. After starting out as a genetics researcher he moved into product roles at Nature Publishing Group until leaving to found, now part of Digital Science, which he ran until 2018. He currently runs, a searchable index of policy and guideline documents linked to scholarly research.

  • Vanessa Proudman


    SPARC Europe

    Vanessa has over 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide. She also headed information and IT at a UN-affiliated international research institution in Vienna for 10 years. She has also been programme and project manager to As the owner of Proud2Know, a consultancy that supports academic libraries, Vanessa also helps her clients create the skilled and innovative digital libraries of the future. As Director to SPARC Europe, Vanessa is responsible for developing and implementing SPARC Europe’s Strategic Plan. She is working to make Open the default with Europe’s other Open Science organisations.  

    Emma Green

    Director of Publishing Partnerships


    Bio to come

  • Matthew Day

    Head of Open Research Policy & Partnerships

    Cambridge University Press

    Matthew has worked in publishing for over 20 years, starting with editorial work on undergraduate textbooks at Garland Publishing, moving to Open Access journals and databases at BioMed Central and then Nature Publishing Group. Then after a couple of years at a technology company (Wolfram Research), he joined Cambridge University Press where he works on the Press’s policies, community engagement and strategic development in Open Research for academic books and journals.

    Rebecca Lawrence

    Managing Director

    F1000 Research Ltd.

    Rebecca Lawrence is Managing Director of F1000 Research Ltd. She was responsible for the launch of F1000Research in 2012, and has subsequently led the initiative behind the recent launches of Wellcome Open Research, Gates Open Research, and many other funder- and institution-based publishing platforms that aim to start a new trajectory in the way scientific findings and data are communicated. She is a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform, chairing their work on next-generation indicators and their integrated advice: OSPP-REC, and is a member of the US National Academies (NASEM) Committee on Advanced and Automated Workflows. She has been a co-Chair of many working groups focussing on data and peer review, including for the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and ORCID. She is an Advisory Board member for DORA (the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment), for the data policy and standards initiative, FAIRsharing, and for the journal blog Elephant in the Lab. She has worked in STM publishing for 20 years for several publishers including Elsevier where she built and ran the Drug Discovery Group. She originally trained and qualified as a pharmacist, is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, and holds a PhD in Cardiovascular Pharmacology.

  • Liz Ferguson

    Vice President, Open Research


    Liz Ferguson is Vice President, Open Research, at Wiley where she leads open access strategy and development of Wiley’s wider open research agenda. She also has a strong focus on open data initiatives. From 2004-2013 Liz was responsible for Wiley’s journal program in biology. Before then she held Publisher and other editorial positions at various STM publishing companies. Liz is Chair of the Academic Publishers Council of the Publishers Association, a member of the Royal Society’s Publishing Board and the External Advisory Board of DataONE. She served two terms on the Board of Dryad, participated in the Universities UK OA Efficiencies Working Group, and was a member of the Program Committee of COASP from 2013-2018.