Monday 26 March 2012

H5N1 research: biosafety, biosecurity and bioethics, 3-4 April 2012, London, UK

An international scientific meeting to discuss the practice and policy of H5N1 research, with a programme of talks and discussions organised by Professor John Skehel FRS and Professor Simon Wain-Hobson.

The journals Nature and Science have recently received papers from two teams of researchers showing that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a form that could spread rapidly among a human population. Various national and international bodies have expressed concern that the safety and security of both the research worker and wider society needs to be considered before work of this kind is published in full. Set against this is the basic principle of openness in science: scientists should operate openly and publish their findings. This conference will discuss virus research, and the safety, security, and ethical aspects from the perspectives of researchers, publishers, policymakers and funders.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Bruce Alberts, Professor Jeffrey Almond, Professor Paul Berg ForMemRS, David Brown, Dr Philip Campbell, Professor Peter Doherty AC FRS, Sir Gordon Duff, Dr Ron Fouchier, Laurie Garrett, Professor John Harris, Dr Thomas Inglesby, Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Dr Paul Keim, Professor Hans-Dieter Klenk, Professor Michael Osterholm, Professor Malik Peiris FRS, Sir John Savill, Bruce Schneier, Dr Ross Upshur, Professor Robert Webster FRS.

Organised by the Royal Society in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Foundation for Vaccine Research.

This event is intended for researchers, publishers, policymakers, and others with a professional interest in the policy and practice of H5N1 virus research and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential.

For further information, and to register, please visit:

Phil Hurst

Why should librarians be talking to publishers? SAGE offers travel grant for librarian to attend the ALPSP International Conference

For the second year SAGE is offering a librarian or information professional a place at the ALPSP International Conference from 11-13 September (

To enter the competition to win a sponsored place, answer the following question via Twitter or email in 140 characters or less:
Why should librarians be talking to publishers in 2012?
Send your answer to @SAGElibraryNews tagged with #ALPSP or email to The closing date is 25 May. See for full details.

Last year’s winner, Patrick Carr wrote the following about his experiences:

"Thanks to my receipt of a SAGE travel grant, I was able to attend the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers' (ALPSP) International Conference. The conference was held from September 14th through 16th at the beautiful Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire and was attended by a broad spectrum of professionals engaged in issues and challenges associated with the publication and dissemination of knowledge.

"In my current position as Head of Electronic & Continuing Resources Acquisitions at East Carolina University's Joyner Library, I work with publishers on a daily basis on acquisition and licensing terms. For this reason, attending the ALPSP conference was particularly insightful: it enabled me to see familiar topics in the field of librarianship (like evolving formats, patron preferences, acquisition models, and discovery tools) being addressed from a publisher-centered perspective.

In the current environment of tightening budgets, libraries and publishers are both being faced with the challenges of doing more with less. To successfully partner to address these challenges, it is essential that both parties strive to understand the other's perspective. I would encourage my library colleagues to consider attendance at future ALPSP conferences in order to pursue opportunities to strengthen those understandings."

Thursday 15 March 2012

Announcing the 2012 SSP Travel Grant Program

The Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing is very pleased to announce its 2012 Travel Grant Program.

If you are managing or supervising staff new to publishing, and looking for ways you can encourage and inform them, take advantage of the opportunities offered by this year’s grants to attend SSP’s 34th Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA. Send them to the SSP Web site soon to check out the application form, as the closing date for applications is March 23. If you’re new to the profession yourself, or if you are looking for meaningful and visible ways for your company to offer sponsorship, this may be just the chance you’ve been waiting for.

There are up to ten grants available this year, offering:

Complimentary registration to the 34th Annual Meeting, May 30 - June 1, 2012 in Arlington, VA
Eligibility for reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel and lodging expenses

Complimentary membership in SSP for the remainder of 2012, which ensures member discounted rates for all other SSP training seminars and events

Extensive Annual Meeting publicity for sponsor companies

Improved career prospects for award winners, who also bring kudos to their companies

A full mentoring program to help winners get the most from the Annual Meeting

So go now to the SSP web site, click on the SSP grants application page, and pass on the word to colleagues!

Thursday 8 March 2012

New to ALPSP - Arrk Ltd

We're pleased to welcome Arrk Ltd to Associate Membership of ALPSP.

IET Journals welcomes two new Editors-in-Chief

8 March 2012

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor James Lam of Hong Kong University as the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Control Theory & Applications and Professor Majid Mirmehdi, University of Bristol, as the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Computer Vision.

Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong in 1993, Professor Lam was lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. His research interests include model reduction, robust control and filtering of dynamic systems, networked control systems, vibration control, and biological networks.

A key objective for Professor Lam will be to continue development of the IET Control Theory & Applications as a key international journal, and a platform for promotion and dissemination of forefront knowledge and high-quality scholarly research pertinent to control systems, especially in the new and emerging research areas.

Professor Mirmehdi is currently a Professor of Computer Vision at the University of Bristol, and his areas of interest include natural scene analysis and medical imaging.

Professor Mirmehdi’s principle aim is to increase the standing and visibility of the IET Computer Vision journal in the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition community. He will work closely with the Editorial Board and publishing team to further develop the journal.

Kruna Vukmirovic, Journal Development Editor at the IET, said: “We are excited to have Professor Lam and Professor Mirmehdi at the helm of the IET Control Theory & Applications and the IET Computer Vision, respectively. I look forward to working with them as we develop these journals and strengthen our commitment to publication and dissemination of high-quality research.”


Notes to Editors

About the IET
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