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The digital B2B live programme by Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Frankfurt Conference

Save the Date: Frankfurt Conference will take place from 12 to 15 October 2020!

This awaits you in October 2020

B2B events and conferences with international publishing and content experts are at the heart of Frankfurter Buchmesse. Our new digital conference format Frankfurt Conference and further curated B2B events on a wide range of publishing topics offer you discussions, Q&A sessions, and brief presentations featuring international experts, along with many chances to interact and make contacts.

You can look forward to even more ideas, contacts, inspiration and new business: Our conference and event programme offers profound knowledge and contacts related to your branch in the industry – and helps you to think bigger and outside of the box. 

Frankfurt Conference

Academic & Scholarly

Rights & Licensing

Publishing Insights


12 Oct 2020

3.00 – 5.30 pm CEST


13 Oct 2020

3.00 – 5.30 pm CEST

14 Oct 2020

3.00 – 5.30 pm CEST

15 Oct 2020

3.00 – 5.30 pm CEST


This year, Frankfurter Buchmesse’s first purely digital conference series – Frankfurt Conference – will offer a digital programme of events for publishing professionals from Monday to Thursday (12–15 October 2020). The discussions, Q&A sessions and brief talks with international experts will be geared towards members of the international publishing industry, providing them with a virtual platform for gaining additional professional experience and making new contacts. Participation in the conference programme is free with a My Book Fair profile. Experience top-class speakers, learn more about developments, trends and business models in international markets and exchange ideas with industry experts worldwide - "Frankfurt Factor" guaranteed!

The conference programme in detail

Further curated B2B events

Take part in further events of our digital trade programme to seize all  opportunities for further education and and industry-specific exchange in individual areas, such as THE ARTS+, Frankfurt Kids, Frankfurt Academic, Frankfurt Authors and Frankfurt EDU. You will find the complete programme here shortly.

Online events by IPA&FBM

Events hosted by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Publishers Association on current issues and trends
3 of 3

14 October 2020

60 min

Improving Diversity in Publishing: Who Can Lead the Change Process?

Speaker: Sharmaine Lovegrove , Publisher
Dialogue Books
and one more speaker
60 min

An international outlook on publishing, creative content and IP


15 October 2020

60 min

The Freedom to Publish: Prix Voltaire 2020

Speaker: Kristenn Einarsson, Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee
and 4 more speakers

16 October 2020

60 min

European Accessibility Act (EAA) : A Chance for Publishing

Speaker: Luc Audrain, Expert on e-book accessibility
and 3 more speakers

n addition to the events on which the IPA partnered with Frankfurter Buchmesse, IPA will also be hosting further online events during the book fair week. More information about these events can be found on the IPA website.

The first highlights of the Academic Programme

Further highlights will follow soon
3 of 3

14. October 2020

60 min

Publishing Perspectives Talks: Academic Publishing Leaders

Speaker: Judy Verses , Executive Vice President of Research
and 3 more speakers

15. October 2020

90 min

Scholarly Kitchen at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Speaker: Siân Harris, Communications Specialist
and 4 more speakers
60 min

Where Publishing and the Pandemic Meet – The Future of Science and the Path to Digital Transformation Starts with Researchers

Speaker: Jennifer Goodrich, Director Product Management and Publisher Solutions
and 4 more speakers

16. October 2020

120 min

Charleston Library Conference Meets Frankfurter Buchmesse

Speaker: Jill Heinze, Senior Product Researcher
and 10 more speakers

Get ready for our B2B networking events!

Event format What to expect Date
The Hof Live music, interesting discussions, networking with the community and the occasional drink - registration is now possible! 24.09. – 15.12.2020
Kuratiertes Networking Meet as many relevant contacts as possible in our thematically oriented networking sessions. 12.10. – 16.10.2020


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Frankfurt Conference: Academic & Scholarly on 12 October


Speaker: Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services
Scientific Knowledge Services

Open Science – a blueprint for universities in the 21st century?

Speaker: Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost
UCL Library Services

The transformative power of Open Science

Speaker: Catriona MacCallum, Director of Open Science
Hindawi Limited

Collaboration of stakeholders boosting Open Science

Speaker: Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Director of Library Network Services
National Library of Finland

Working towards open research in the humanities

Speaker: Emily Poznanski, Director Strategy
De Gruyter

Bibliodiversity in a time of crisis

Speaker: Sofie Wennström, Analyst & Managing Editor
Stockholm University

From Advocacy to Practice in Open Science: the Role of Academic Publishing- Panel Discussions

Closing remarks

Speaker: Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services
Scientific Knowledge Services

Frankfurt Conference: Rights & Licensing on 13 October

Welcome by Conference Chair

Speaker: Jo Henry, Managing Director

Publishing and the Rights Trade in a post-Covid World

Speaker: Andrew Nurnberg, Managing Director
Andrew Nurnberg Associates
and one more speaker

Coffee break

French-language market of Canada

Speaker: Antoine Tanguay, Founder & Publisher
and one more speaker

English- and further language markets of Canada

Speaker: Janie Yoon, Associate Publisher
House of Anansi Press

2nd coffee break

Spain: País plural: Four languages and literatures

Speaker: Anna Soler-Pont, Founder
Pontas Agency
and one more speaker

Espresso break

Parallel Sessions: Enhance your business
3 of 3

Working with sub-agents or selling directly

30 min

Working with sub-agents or selling directly – or a mix of both?

Speaker: Corinne Quentin, Director
Bureau des Copyrights Français (BCF) in Tokyo

Brand Licensing

30 min

Brand Licensing – Opportunities for Publishers

Speaker: Marty Brochstein, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations and Information
Licensing International

Further markets

30 min

More Markets: A Rights Update from book and media markets around the world

Speaker: to be announced shortly

Frankfurt Conference: Publishing Insights on 14 October


Keynote: Diversity in Publishing

Speaker: to be announced shortly

CEO Panel: Leading Through Uncertain Times

Speaker: Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO
Harper Collins India
and 3 more speakers

Attention in a Time of Distraction: Book Promotion During the Pandemic

Speaker: Jenny Fry, Commercial Director & Board Member
and 4 more speakers

Retail Session: The changing retail landscape

Speaker: James Daunt, CEO
Barnes and Noble
and one more speaker

Signals of Hope

Speaker: Simon de Jocas, President and Owner
Éditions Les 400 coups
and 2 more speakers

Wrap up

Frankfurt Conference: Audio on 15 October


Keynote: A Conversation on the Future of Audio

Speaker: to be announced shortly

International Panel: “The subscription economy: Looking at Consumption Behavior”

Exclusive Presentation of the White Paper "Listen & Read: The Battle for Attention"

Speaker: Videl Bar-Kar, Global Head of Audio

Audio Rights – The Key to Market Growth

Speaker: to be announced shortly

The next audio format for publishers? Podcasts!

Speaker: to be announced shortly

Wrap up

Meet our #fbm20 speakers!

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New ideas. New contacts. New business.

The digital conference and event programme of the #fbm20 Special Edition

Save the Date: Take part in our digital B2B programme from 12-18 October 2020!