Bas Straub holds a degree in marketing and management of scientific publications from the Algemene Hogeschool Amsterdam. Before starting his career in scholarly communication he was responsible for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines inflight entertainment for 5 years. At Elsevier, where he has worked for the last 13 years, he started as a marketing manager and subsequently moved to publishing, where he became the publishing director for the German office in Munich. He then worked as director for product- and market development in the emerging markets.

Bas started Magknowlia a company specializing in editing – training and consultancy within scientific publishing. He is organizer of the APE pre-conference day and has been involved in STM’s Intensive Journal Course since 2012.

Bas regularly speaks and teaches at industry events.
Prof. Dr. Yaşar TontaProf. Dr. Yaşar Tonta
Yaşar Tonta Hacettepe Üniversitesi (HÜ) Bilgi vProfessor Tonta is with the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He teaches courses and carries out research on information retrieval, information architecture, information systems design, networked information services, digital libraries, electronic publishing, open access and bibliometrics. In the past Professor Tonta served as the founding director of the National Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), the Chair of the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, the Chair-elect of the Information Management Committee (IMC) of NATO’s Research & Technology Organization (RTO) and Director of IMC’s Lecture Series on Electronic Information Management. He has been involved in the projects supported by the European Commission (most recently, MedOANet and PASTEUR4OA) and TUBITAK.

His works appeared in a number of professional journals. He was the editor of Türk Kütüphaneciliği, the quarterly journal of the Turkish Librarians’ Association (TKD) and Bilgi Dünyası, the bi-annual publication of the Turkish University and Research Libraries Association (ÜNAK) and currently serves as the editorial (advisory) board member of several journals including Information Development and LIBER Quarterly. He has graduated eight doctoral students. Professor Tonta is the recipient of Hacettepe University’s Science Award (2010). He is currently the Deputy Chair of UNESCO Turkey’s Memory of the World Committee. Professor Tonta is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and served in the Organizing and Programme Committees of several international conferences including IMCW, ICKM, ISSI, and ELPUB. Professor Tonta received his graduate degrees in library and information studies from the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.), the University of Wales (M.Lib.), and Hacettepe University (M.A.). More information about Professor Tonta and his contributions is available through his web site Link.
Prof. Dr. Bülent KarasözenProf. Dr. Bülent Karasözen
Bülent Karasözen 1968-1974 yılları arasında Berlin Teknik Üniversitesinde Makine Bulent Karasozen studied at the Technical University Berlin from 1968 until 1974, where he received his master degree in Mechanical and Process Engineering. He received his PhD in Sysyem and Control Engineering in 1981 from the same University. He joined in 1982 to Mathematics Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara and he is currently Professor there. His research interests include numerical analysis, dynamical systems and scientific computing.

He is currently the director of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, METU. He has been visiting researcher at Rice, Carnegie Mellon, Darmstadt, Berlin, Geneva and Rostov on Don with the Fulbright, TUBITAK, NSF and DAAD scholarship. He managed many international projects and organized numerous international conferences and summer schools. He also worked as the library director of METU in the years 1993-2007 and he was the found and was the head of the ANKOS (Anatolian University Libraries Consortium from 2001 to 2007.