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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Dr. Mariamawit Yeshak 
Scholarly Publishing in Africa: Impact Factor vs Societal Impact

Mariamawit completed her tertiary schooling in Pharmacy at Addis Ababa University with a B. Pharm in 2001 and M.Sc. in 2005. She got a SIDA/Sarek grant to pursue her PhD at Uppsala University. She was invited to make research grant application to the International Science Program (ISP), Uppsala University, prior to completing her PhD. Mariamawit leads a research group called BaSIL (Bioactive Secondary Metabolites for Improving Life), which studies biochemical properties of medicinal plants, and is still funded by the ISP. With Ethiopian Government grant, she studies indigenous knowledge systems specifically the clinical applications of traditional medicine. 
Mariamawit is a founding Fellow and Chair of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences; and an inaugural fellow of Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP).  She is an inaugural ambassador of Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and a Young Affiliate of ‘The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Mariamawit publishes her work in peer reviewed journals.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Betsy Beaumon 
Why Inclusion Matters to Technology and Technology Matters to Inclusion

Betsy Beaumon is the CEO of Benetech. Betsy has served in executive leadership roles for both for-profit and nonprofit technology organizations, most recently as Benetech’s President, driving the development and growth of all Benetech initiatives including inclusive education, poverty alleviation, and human rights. Under Betsy’s leadership Benetech has scaled its largest social enterprise, Bookshare, to over 600,000 users in 80 countries, and launched Benetech Labs, to create the next impactful software and data innovations. She defined the concept of “Born Accessible,” a vision where all digital content is made accessible to everyone when created. This bold vision creates true and lasting systems change, through collaboration with major digital publishing players, and represents a rare case of a nonprofit disrupting its own service. Betsy is a social entrepreneur and engineer and has co-founded two software companies, including the first web-based Information and Referral service for human services. She holds a patent for her work in pioneering online global trade management applications. She has developed products across the software, semiconductor, and information sectors and previously held senior positions with BEA Systems, TradeBeam, Social Online Service, and Cisco Systems. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.


Pre-Meeting Seminars

SSP Annual Meeting attendees can also participate in one of five Pre-Meeting Seminars, for an additional fee. These seminars will be held Wednesday, May 29. See the Annual Meeting Program for descriptions of the Pre-Meeting Seminars.

Early bird discount ends April 19. Register today and choose from:

Morning Seminars:

  • Charleston Trendspotting Initiative: Forecasting Changes on the Horizon of Scholarly Communication
  • Fact or Fiction? OASPA Lifts the Lid on Open Access Publishing
  • Open Source Bazaar: Owned by the Community
  • Journals Management Workshop: Whiteboards to Editorial Boards, and Everything in Between

Afternoon Seminar:

  • Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at Work


Sponsored Sessions

The Society for Scholarly Publishing is again offering Sponsored Sessions on Wednesday, May 29. These sessions are included in your full meeting registration. Plan to participate! See the Annual Meeting schedule for descriptions of sponsored sessions.

12:30 – 1:15 pm

  • Sponsored Session: Belmont Forum | “The Eye of the Storm”: Multi-Stakeholder Project Coordinates Data Policies across Funders, Domains and Workflows 
  • Sponsored Session: codeMantra U.S. LLC | Reliance on eMail in Collaborative Workflows: There Has to be a Better Way
  • Sponsored Session: Exeter Premedia Services | Transform Production into a Profit Centre 
  • Sponsored Session: Sheridan | Use your Natural Intelligence to Demystify Artificial Intelligence and Learn What it Takes to be an AI Enabled Company

1:30 – 2:15 pm

  • Sponsored Session: Impact Journals | Post-publication Manuscript Promotion: A Small Publisher’s Ability to Rapidly and Widely Disseminate New Results and Scholarship with in-house Techniques
  • Sponsored Session: Editage | The Metrics Story: How Videos and Infographics are Making a Business Case for Editorial and Beyond in STEM Publishing
  • Sponsored Session: PageMajik | Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – Innovating Academic Publishing and Protecting Quality
  • Sponsored Session: Atypon | The ABCs of Computationally Reproducible Science: A Publisher’s Guide

2:30 – 3:15 pm

  • Sponsored Session: The MIT Press | The Co-evolution of Open Source Publishing: A Review of Available Systems and Platforms
  • Sponsored Session: Yewno | The Importance of Optimal Categorization: A Case Study with Yewno and Stanford University Press
  • Sponsored Session: Nova Techset - Katalyst (NT-K) | How Fast Can You Go? Pushing the Limits of Express Journal Production through Smart Collaboration
  • Sponsored Session: Digital Science | Plan S and Beyond: Critical Insights from Dimensions Forward

2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors