The Charleston Conference at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Charleston Conference at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Friday, October 20, 2023
Congress Center, Level 2, Room Spektrum

Join us for an academic conference during the Publisher Perspectives Forum at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This conference is free and open to all registered Frankfurt Book Fair attendees.

9:30 am Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Morressier

10:00 am Panel 1: Research Integrity: Technology, Trust, and Transparency

Moderated by Sven Fund, Senior Director, Wiley

Fireside chat with moderated questions to a panel of experts on the topics such as the recent Wiley/Hindawi and MDPI/Clarivate retractions, paper mills, AI-generated content, AI-manipulated images, and how can libraries become involved?

Speakers: Vivian Berghahn, Berghahn Books; Peter Brantley, UC Davis; Stuart Whayman, Elsevier

11:00 am Panel 2: Sustainability and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Looking Forward at Business Models, SDGs, and Beyond

Moderated by Leah Hinds, Executive Director, Charleston Hub

There are many types of sustainability – from sustainable business models to sustainable development goals, and more. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on what sustainability means in many contexts. This hour-long session will include a series of short presentations followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Speakers: Heather Staines, DeltaThink; Rafael Ball, ETH Zurich; Rachel Martin, Elsevier; Richard Gallagher, Annual Reviews

Speaker Bios

Listed in alphabetical order. This list is being updated as information is received.

Rafael Ball

Rafael Ball has held the position of Director at ETH Library Zurich, Switzerland, since March 2015. He holds doctorates in both biology and science history and pursued studies in biology, Slavonic studies, and philosophy at the Universities of Mainz, Warsaw, and Moscow. In 1996, he successfully completed a two-year postgraduate qualification program in scientific librarianship. From 1996 to 2008, he served as the head of the Central Library at the Research Center Jülich in Germany.

Following this, Ball assumed the role of Director at the University Library of Regensburg, where he remained from 2008 to 2015. With an extensive portfolio of authored and edited publications, he has established himself as a committed speaker and lecturer across various universities. His primary areas of focus within both work and research encompass the library of the future, the realm of scholarly communication, and the evolving role of printed books in the context of the digital age.

Peter Brantley

Peter Brantley is the Director of Online Strategy for the University of California Davis Library. In addition to previously serving with several large research libraries, he has worked at the New York Public Library;, a not for profit organization; and the Internet Archive.  From 2010-2017, Peter convened a publishing conference with the Frankfurt Book Fair called “Books in Browsers.” Peter has served on advisory boards for several publishing groups.

Sven Fund

Sven Fund is the Senior Director of Knowledge Unlatched, which is a part of Wiley since December 2021. He works with Oable which is an open access management software solution that empowers institutions with the tools to unify publisher workflows and streamline management operations. Prior job include leadership positions at Bertelsmann, SpringerNature, De Gruyter, and ResearchGate. Sven owns fullstopp and Reviewer Credits. He holds a degree in European Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Political Science from Muenster University. He lectures in Library and Information Science at the Humboldt University in Berlin and innovation management at Hochschule der Medien (university of the media) in Stuttgart.

Heather Staines

Heather Staines is Senior Consultant at Delta Think and Director of Community Engagement for the OA Data Analytics Tool. Her prior roles include Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, Director of Business Development at Hypothesis, as well as positions at Proquest, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the ALPSP DEIA Working Group (co-chair), the Charleston Library Conference, the STM Futurelab, Council of Science Editors, and the NISO Transfer Standing Committee. She is currently President Elect for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and a new Board member for NASIG. She has a Ph.D. in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.

Stuart Whayman

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Stuart Whayman is Managing Director for the Researchers & Librarians customer segment at Elsevier, a role that Elsevier created in early 2022 to provide improved customer focus to these important communities.  Products included in this segment include ScienceDirect (for journal and book content), Mendeley, SSRN and Aries.  He has been at Elsevier since 2014 holding roles as Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Financial Officer.  Stuart has been with the RELX group for over 25 years including roles at Reed Business Information, where he was CFO, and at RELX Corporate Head Office.  Stuart holds an MA degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Get your Bookfair tickets at a 20% off discounted price for Charleston Hub members!

How to use the discount code:

  • Go to and click on “Buy trade visitor tickets”.
  • Select the “Trade visitor day ticket (84 euros)” in the Ticket Shop and enter the number of tickets you would like to buy. Click on “Next” at the bottom of the page.
  • After having logged in to My Book Fair as a trade visitor (or having set up a My Book Fair account to start with), you must personalise your ticket in the shop.
  • At the end of the purchase process, enter your discount code to receive one or more day tickets at the reduced price of 61 euros.
  • The discount code is valid for one-time use only.


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