2019 2nd AEUP Conference

(Re-)Shaping University Presses and Institutional Publishing

Profiles – Challenges – Benefits

Brno, Czech Republic, 13–14 June 2019
Hosted by Masaryk University and MUNI Press

Registration is open now!
Please register >> here.
Registration will be closed May 12th, 2019.
– 0 EUR for AEUP members
– 100 EUR for non-members

The landscape of academic publishing is rapidly changing. Conventional funding and revenue models are declining, making scholarly publishing especially for those publishers challenging that serve small language areas or highly specialised target groups.
Meanwhile, new university presses have been founded all over Europe and beyond in the last few years, and existing ones are continually transforming towards digital dissemination. These changes respond to general trends in technology, dynamics in science policy, as well as funding programs and other initiatives, like PlanS pushing towards open access. The authors’, mainly scholars’ and researchers’, and their institutions’ prerequisites are constantly changing in the digital era.

What is more, institutional Open Access publishing is evolving, putting forth new infrastructures for – and also within – the academia. Because of these developments there is a growing interest to join forces within advocacy organisations such as AEUP.

Taking all this into account, this 2nd conference will be dedicated to questions concerning the task of (re-)shaping university resses and institutional publishing, especially:

    • What characterizes and challenges university presses nowadays?
    • What defines a professional press within higher education?
    • What are the benefits for scholars and researchers in publishing with institutional presses or academic library publishing services?
Instructions for submitting abstracts

  • Title and type of proposed presentation (poster / lightning talk)
  • Abstract of the proposal (up to 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position(s) and/or title(s)
  • Employer/affiliated institution
  • Contact information including email address, telephone number
  • Short biographical statement of presenter(s) (no more than 100 words)

Call for Submissions

We kindly call for submissions on these question for

  • Posters (3 min presentation)
  • Lightning talks (10 min)

Please submit your abstract to info@aeup.eu by March 15, 2019, as an attachment in doc(x) format.

For questions about the venue and local organisation please contact Martina Dvoráková (dvorakova@press.muni.cz).


The following program is preliminary. There will be changes (especially due to speaker’s confirmations, submitted poster presentations and lightning talks). Please check the website regularly. Check also
on Twitter: hashtag #AEUP19 and @AEUP_info.
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AEUPinfo/

Looking forward to meeting you in Brno!
Wednesday 12/6/2019
18:30 Pre-conference get-together (self-payer)
location to be announced
Thursday 13/6/2019
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:30 Welcoming address

  • Representative of the University of Brno
  • Alena Mizerová, director at Masaryk University Press

Introduction of the Venue

10:30-11:00 Welcoming address AEUP
Margo Bargheer, AEUP chair
11:00-12:00 Keynote 1
12.00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session 1: What characterizes and challenges university presses nowadays?

Chair: AEUP board

  • What is specific about an institutional press and/or a library-based press?
  • What are the major challenges arising from the latest institutional and international politics and policies (or lack thereof)?
  • What can be done to further promote Open Access in monograph publishing that continues to be at the core of most presses’ publishing program?

Confirmed participants:

  • Martin Wincent, Publishing Director at Stockholm University Press
14:30-15:15 Poster presentations / Lightning talks/ Breakout session
15:15-15:45 Coffee break (with poster exhibition)
14:30-15:15 Poster presentations and/or Lightning talks / Breakout session
15:45-17:00 Session 2:  What are the benefits for scholars and researchers?

  • What are the benefits for individual researchers as well as scholarly community at large in publishing their research with institutional presses or academic library publishing services?
  • When is publishing with prestigious commercial publishers the most suitable choice?
  • How can instititutional presses meet scholarly needs best?

Chair: AEUP board

Participants: researchers

17:00-17:45 Lightning talks/breakout session
17:45-18:15 Discussion, summing up
19:00-22:00 Conference dinner
Friday 14/6/2019
8:45-9:00 Warm-up session
9:00-9:45 Keynote 2
9:45-11:00 Session 3: How does an ideal editor of academic literature looks like in times of digital publishing and what skills do the editor need to have?

Chair: AEUP board

  • What are the qualification and skills needed for institutional presses editors?
  • Do formal training courses for needed editorial skills exist?

Confirmed participants: 

Andrea Slováková, former director of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts Press, now director of a small private publishing house specializing in popular-education literature

11:00-11:30 Coffee break (with poster exhibition)
11:30-12:45 Session 4: What defines a professional press within higher education?

Chair: AEUP board

  • How do university presses fit in the publishing ecosystem of their institution?
  • What comes out if traditional publishing virtues meet technical challenges/opportunities?
  • Reward, profit and quality – old and new models

Confirmed participants:

Leena Kaakinen, Publishing Director at Helsinki University Press

12:45-13:30 Keynote
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:15 Summing up
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