Education Experts Gather at London Conference

Education Experts Gather at London Conference

What Works? Successful Publishing Resources & Technologies for the Future.

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 13:00-17:00. Olympia Conference Centre, London.

[LONDON, 1 February 2017]: The International Publishers Association (IPA) and The London Book Fair are delighted to announce the speaker line-up for the fifth edition of their What Works? Successful Publishing Resources & Technologies for the Future education conference, in association with The Publishers Association (The PA).

What Works? is tailor-made for educational publishers and technology providers seeking insights into international developments impacting their industries and markets. The compact half-day programme will begin with a welcome from Jay Diskey, Chairman of the IPA Educational Publishers Forum (EPF), with Lis Tribe, Managing Director, Hodder Education, serving as Conference Chair.

Policy experts, educators and international educational publishers from China, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Poland and the UK will tackle how to foster optimal classroom learning, whether using established materials or new technologies. Topics on the table include publishers’ transition to delivering digital learning technologies, evolving resources for educators and developments in copyright.

In the opening session, William Bowes, Legal Counsel, CUP, and Dr Emily Hudson, King’s College London, will be in conversation on lessons in copyright. Then Ian Koxvold, Head of Education Strategy, PwC UK, and education consultant Chris Kirk will give a talk on global trends in education spending. Two separate panel discussions will cover the challenges and benefits publishers face when making the digital transition, in Going Digital: how publishers embrace technology to ensure survival, with a second panel going back to the basics of what teachers really need from educational publishers, in The teacher-publisher relationship: building mutually supportive practices.

This year’s expert speakers include:

  • Andrew Bateman, Head of Computing and Information Technology, Hanley Castle High School, Worcestershire (UK)
  • William Bowes, Legal Counsel, CUP (UK)
  • Sintija Buhanovska, Head of Digital with Zvaigzne ABC (Latvia)
  • Brian Gilsenan, Chief Executive, CJ Fallon (Ireland)
  • Dr Emily Hudson, King’s College London (UK)
  • Alicja Jankowiak, Editor in Chief, SuperMemo World (Poland)
  • Ian Koxvold, Head of Education Strategy at PwC (UK)
  • Murdo MacPhail, English and Political Science teacher, Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium, Berlin (Germany)
  • Caroline Moore, Director of Constellata (UK)
  • Carl Robinson, Ixxus, The Coaching Academy
  • Teuvo Sankila, Publishing Director, Educational Materials, Otava (Finland)
  • Lis Tribe, Managing Director, Hodder Education (UK)
  • Eric Yu, CEO, Global Tone Communications Technology (China)

Jay Diskey, IPA Education Publishers Forum chair, said: “This year’s focus of What Works? is on how educational publishers can really optimize the way they meet the needs of educators and students and remain commercially successful. We’re bringing publishers together with teachers, copyright and policy experts to create a unique conversation covering the most pressing issues shaping educational publishing today.”

Orna O’Brien, Conference Manager, The London Book Fair, added: “What Works? is an opportunity for experts from around the world to come together to debate the best use of both resources and technologies in schools to raise education standards. We hope delegates will enjoy hearing from our line-up of international speakers, who will share best practice from their own countries, as well as their knowledge and personal experience.”

The programme is fully managed and operated by The London Book Fair and programmed by the IPA Education Publishers Forum.

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Time: 13:00-17:00
Venue: Olympia Conference Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Price: £178 + VAT
A reduced £99 + VAT delegate rate is offered for employees of not-for-profit and public sector organisations
To book: Please visit

Conference tickets include free entrance to LBF on the morning of the conference, and the following two days of the Fair, providing an opportunity for delegates to visit the Education, Academic and Technology areas of LBF.

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Media enquiries: Please contact Edwina Boyd-Gibbins, Midas PR
Tel: 020 7361 7860 Email: #lbf17 #WW17

Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 March 2017
The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2017, the 46th Fair, will take place from 14 – 16 March 2017, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three-day event within a seven-day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 13 March. For further information, please visit:

THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (IPA): Established in 1896, the International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest federation of publishers associations. The IPA is an industry body with a human rights mandate, whose mission is to promote and protect publishing and raise awareness of publishing as a force for economic, cultural and social development. Working in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other supranational bodies, the IPA champions the interests of book and journal publishing at world and national level. Internationally, the IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish (including through the IPA Prix Voltaire), and literacy.

THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (THE PA): The Publishers Association represents the interests of UK publishers across trade, education and academic publishers. Our members publish academic journals, text books for higher, secondary and primary education, fiction, non-fiction, children’s and learning resources. As a whole the industry contributes over £4.4bn to the UK economy with digital revenues contributing 32% and export sales accounting for 43%.

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