Following the success of the founding University Press Redux conference, hosted by Liverpool University Press (LUP) in March, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced that it will now be partnering with presses to deliver the event every two years.
The next event will be held in spring 2018 will be hosted and curated by UCL Press in London.
The inaugural University Press Redux conference was arranged by LUP in association with the Academic Book of the Future project. More than 150 delegates gathered to discuss the past, present and future of institutional presses. ALPSP subsequently published a collection of papers arising from the event in a special open access issue of Learned Publishing.
Anthony Cond, director of Liverpool University Press said: ‘There was such strong support for the conference that we immediately saw the potential to continue the conversation.’
Lara Speicher, publishing manager at UCL Press, added: ‘The Redux conference demonstrates the vitality and potential of university press publishing. We are inspired by what LUP has achieved!’
Dates for the 2018 event will be announced soon. Mandy Hill, managing director of Cambridge University Press’s academic division and keynote speaker from 2016, has confirmed that CUP will host Redux in 2020.
Audrey McCulloch, chief executive of ALPSP, concluded: ‘The university press sector has undergone a transformation and revitalisation worldwide. Many of our members were involved in the Redux conference and it was an obvious next step to offer administrative support. We are delighted to be involved.’