So much to say, so much to hear, so much fun! This past 7 October, our second ACCUfest event in Heidelberg, Germany has been another success. We have doubled the number of delegates from last year, and many have returned after having had a first great experience in 2012.
A successful event always gives the refreshing feeling and reassurance that we are in the right profession and one that offers new challenges, new insights and new formats. This year’s ACCUfest did not disappoint.
The conference format resembled last year’s: two keynote lectures, one presentation from our managing team, two breakout sessions held in parallel, and our speed dating between our sales reps team and publishers guests.
Among the organizational highlights of the conference were the two presentations that opened the day: Bobbi Newman, Librarian by Day (http://librarianbyday.net/), has explored the future of libraries followed by Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director at Public Library of Science, who peered into the economics of publishing in a world where Open Access is becoming dominant.
The after-lunch presentation of ACCUCOMS management team showed promising changes and new developments in current and new territories. The day continued with two breakout sessions hosted by our publisher representatives Geoff Worton from Mary Anne Liebert and Mike Jones from Morgan & Claypool.
Our aim was to feature high quality content and bring to the table topics of high interest. Geoff Worton opened a discussion on Managing International Sales while Mike Jones discussed Sales and Marketing Scenarios during ”What We Talk About When We Talk About E-books”.
We deliberately sought to create ample space for people to reacquaint, make new contacts, exchange experiences and generally connect. Innovatively, the “Snuggle, Marry, Avoid” game from last year was replaced by a lively fun facts quiz run by our colleague Giovanni Raneri. The game was buzzing and noisy and brought a sweet prize to our winning team formed by IOS Press and Royal Society of Chemistry representatives.
The day ended with dinner, wine, dance and fun at Oskar Vinothek restaurant in the old city center of Heidelberg. Did I mention there was wine?
Thank you to all who attended and made ACCUfest a great event again. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this conference and to seeing you at the next one in 2014!