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Building an early-stage research strategy - a conversation with SPIE
Conferences play a vital role in the scholarly ecosystem, connecting researchers and bringing new research to light. While in-person conferences will never be replaced, societies and organizers now have the digital tools at their fingertips to modernize the conference experience and ensure conference scholarship can be widely disseminated beyond a physical event - something that's become all the more essential in current times. In this interactive webinar, discover how SPIE is working together with Morressier to increase the impact of the society’s valuable early-stage research and conference content. Patrick Franzen, Publications and Platform Director at SPIE, and Sami Benchekroun, Managing Director of Morressier, will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in capturing early-stage research and provide actionable insights for fellow societies interested in their own conference content strategy. The webinar will be moderated by Lauren Kane, CEO of Delta Think.

Apr 8, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lauren Kane
CEO @Delta Think
Lauren Kane is CEO of the strategic consultancy Delta Think. Prior to joining Delta Think in July 2019, she served as Chief Strategy and Operating Officer for the non-profit scientific publisher BioOne. With more than fifteen years in scholarly communications, Ms. Kane has extensive experience helping societies navigate the evolving market landscape – from new product launches, to data-driven transitions to open access, to platform migrations. A frequent industry contributor and conference speaker, Ms. Kane proudly serves as SSP President-Elect. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and a MBA from the University of New Hampshire.
Patrick Franzen
Director, Digital Library @SPIE
Patrick Franzen is Director, Publications & Platform for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, where he is responsible for driving business strategy and innovation across the SPIE suite of publications activities including proceedings and conference content, journals, books, and multimedia. He is also part of the Society’s platform leadership team which manages development and strategy for both the SPIE Digital Library and SPIE’s partner platforms program.
Sami Benchekroun
Managing Director @Morressier
Sami Benchekroun is the cofounder and CEO of Morressier, the company that aims to accelerate scientific breakthroughs by building the home for early-stage research. His vision is to create a single place for early-stage research to be discussed, shared, analyzed, and discovered by the entire scientific ecosystem. Sami has over ten years of experience in academic conferences, scholarly publishing, and entrepreneurship, and a background studying business at ESCP in London, Paris and Berlin.