GIBS Business School at The Springer Nature Research Summit at IISc, Bangalore

GIBS Business School Students at The Springer Nature Research Summit at IISc, Bangalore held on 9th October 2023

The GIBS Business School, one of the Top 10 MBA/PGDM Colleges in Bangalore, had the privilege of participating in the prestigious Springer Nature Research Summit, a significant event hosted at the esteemed Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. This summit offered Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) students a valuable opportunity to explore open science and gain a better understanding of transformative agreements within academia and research.


Opening Address by Professor Govindan Rangarajan

Professor Govindan Rangarajan, Director of the Indian Institute of Science, opened up proceedings with a warm greeting that set an exciting and hopeful atmosphere among attendees. His initial address set a positive precedent and created an atmosphere of anticipation among them all.


Insights from Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi, Managing Director at Springer Nature India

Adding to the event’s prestige was the presence and speech of Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi, Managing Director at Springer Nature India. In his presentation, he delved into the world of scholarly publishing and the ever-evolving landscape of scientific communication. Sarvasiddhi’s insights provided attendees with a better understanding of the pivotal role that organizations like Springer Nature play in making research findings accessible and promoting open science practices.


Keynote Address by Frank Vrancken Peeters, CEO of Springer Nature

The summit officially commenced with a keynote address by Frank Vrancken Peeters, the Chief Executive Officer of Springer Nature. In his address, Peeters shared valuable insights regarding the Impact of Research and Open Science, shedding light on the significance of open science practices and their impact on the global research community.


Exploring Research Communication with Dr. Suresh Balutagi

Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to participate in an informative session on research communication, led by Dr. Suresh Balutagi, Deputy Librarian at IISc. Dr. Balutagi’s session likely covered various aspects of effective research communication and the role of libraries and librarians in supporting academic research.

Following this session, Ed Gerstner, the Director of Research Environment Alliances at Springer Nature, and Arend Kuester, the Director of Academic Affairs at Springer Nature, conducted a Nature Masterclass. This masterclass likely provided attendees with practical insights into various aspects of research, writing, and publishing, drawing on Springer Nature’s extensive experience in the field. They then held a Q&A session where they answered any queries from attendees and provided valuable guidance and clarification.


Panel Discussion on Transformative Agreements

One of the summit’s highlights was an engaging panel discussion that highlighted the significance of transformative agreements in developing nations like India. Transformative agreements are a critical component of ensuring that academic research remains accessible to a wide audience, and this discussion likely explored the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing such agreements in the Indian context.


Closing Note by Sh. Thawar Chand Gehlot, the Governor of Karnataka

To conclude the event, Sh. Thawar Chand Gehlot, the Governor of Karnataka, delivered a closing note, providing a fitting end to the summit. The presence of such a distinguished figure highlights the importance of the event and its impact on the academic and research community in Karnataka.


Celebrating Women Researchers: Recognition Ceremony

Notably, the event also included a recognition ceremony for nominated women researchers, promoting and honoring their contributions to the field. This recognition ceremony likely celebrated the achievements of women in academia and research, further emphasizing the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the scientific community.


Student Perspective: The Impact of the Research Summit

Overall, the Springer Nature Research Summit at the Indian Institute of Science was a highly stimulating experience for the PGDM students of GIBS Business School, one of the Top B Schools in Bangalore, who are interested in research. Students attended this event to gain invaluable insights into the changing dynamics of academia, the role organizations such as Springer Nature play in advancing open science, and transformative agreements’ importance in providing equitable access to scientific knowledge. It was an opportunity for them to hear from leading experts, engage in lively discussions, and broaden their perspective of research and academia today.