Society Street 2020

Take a look at the full program below and follow this link to meet the speakers

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration, networking & refreshments

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome and Context Setting

Simon Inger, Society Street Conference Chair

9:10 AM - 10:20 AM

Who is your community?

Chair: Sam Burrell, Society Street Program Chair


This session will start with three speakers who are society members (or potential members) covering a spectrum of needs from the early careerist onwards, including practitioners and researchers.

This will be followed by a fireside chat and conversation: starting with the speakers, and then opening up to the floor.

Discussion groups

At the end of this session, we will break into discussion groups to look at what societies could do more of / better / differently to ensure they stay relevant to their membership - both current and future. 

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

Feedback from discussion groups

After coffee, we will reconvene as a group and share the findings and ideas from each discussion group

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Where is your community? (Global / Local)

Chair:  Colleen Scollans, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Colleen Scollans LLP

What does it mean to be a convener of a community in an environment where we are trying to reduce to global travel footprint?

This session will include a panel of four society leaders who will consider what Global / Local means to the different activities of their societies. Each will present for 10 minutes on what their societies have done / are planning on doing / conundrums they face across the society activities (membership, meetings, education, professional development, publishing).

This will be followed by whole room discussion.

  • Ed Liebow, Executive Director, American Anthropological Association
  • Beth Craanen, Director of Publications, The Electrochemical Society
  • Margaret Vitullo, Deputy Director, American Sociological Association 
  • Steve Smith, Executive Director, American Political Science Association

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch, exhibition, networking and conversation tables

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Parallels - Conference and Meetings

How do we embrace our mission through Conference and Meetings?

Chair:  Mona Hidayet, Executive Director, Clients & Products, Advantage CS

What new and interesting things are happening in conferences and meetings? How does our increasing awareness of our carbon footprint change the way we do meetings? How do we, as conveners and organizers, make sure that when we bring people together we know why we do it, and maximise those things that being physically together brings and think imaginatively about how to convene a community without physical meetings.

  • Violaine Iglesias, CEO & Co-founder, Cadmore Media
  • Paco Nathan, Founder, Derwen. ai
  • Diane Kovats, Executive Director, International Society for Computational Biology
  • Alexa Tullet, Associate Professor, University of Alabama & President of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science

Parallels - Advocacy

How do we embrace our mission through Advocacy?

Chair: Andrew Chamberlain, Managing Director, Consort Strategies

Advocating is an increasingly important – and relevant – part of a society’s activities. As mission-based organizations, advocacy – and sometimes lobbying – is core to a society.

  • Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives, American Historical Association
  • Elizabeth Landau, Public Affairs Manager, American Geophysical Union

Parallels - Publications

How do we embrace our mission through Publications?

Chair: Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies

In the context of Plan S and increasingly uncertain revenues from traditional publications, how can societies respond to the changes imposed on them? Collaboration and diversification – both internally, and externally provide part of the answer; as to bringing the expertise of publications to new activities and possible revenue sources for the society. Join us to think about how these elements can fit together.

  • Paul Gee, Vice President, Digital Product Management and Development
    American Medical Association
  • Julie Gill, Vice President and General Manager AMA Ed Hub, American Medical Association 
  • David Sampson, Vice President, Journals & Publishing, The American Society of Clinical Oncology

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

3:20 PM - 4:45 PM


Chair: Margaret Vitullo, Deputy Director, American Sociological Association

An inspiring keynote on change led by change agents, familiar with the Learned Society space.

  • Mary Williams, Features Editor, American Society of Plant Biologists 
  • Cindy Sparrow, Acting Deputy Chief - Community & Support Services at Red Deer Emergency Services 

Our speakers will address how to create and manage change; how to identify allies and how to use them; how to stay sane; what to expect; how to keep driving it through in the face of all the challenges.

Followed by Q&A and open floor discussion

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking drinks reception