23 March 2017, 3-4pm CET

Mind the Google gap - How to ensure that researchers adopt the latest tools and techniques

The scientific communication community, especially those who are developing new tools and gadgets, naturally think that those who are supposed to use them are as informed and similarly as excited as they are. This isn’t always the case – both in academia and industry – but it can be changed. Moving researchers away from traditional functions, such as Google workflows, is a continuous transformation process. ETH Zurich believes that information centers in academic and corporate institutions could and should engage in the transformation process.

In this webinar, Doctor Oliver Renn of ETH Zurich, explains how the University has successfully developed and introduced new formats that encourages students and researchers to fully utilize the latest tools and discovery techniques. Presenting and sharing experiences via Coffee Lectures, Research Group Menus, and a 2 ECTS PhD course at the institution, the new formats are provided face-to-face, in the belief that personal interaction makes the difference and can initiate the “click” that starts the adoption and change process.

Doctor Renn will explore these new formats and more in this latest instalment of the Springer Nature Meet the Expert webinars.


Thursday the 23rd March 2017


3 pm CET (Central European Time)


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1 hour incl. Q&A

Subject level:

Beginner to intermediate

Learning Outcomes:

After this webinar you should have a better understanding of:

  • How to successfully engage with your target audience
  • Get an insight of new formats to encourage your students and researchers to fully utilize the latest tools and discovery techniques
  • That face-to-face interaction with your users is key

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About the presenter

Oliver Renn

Oliver Renn

PhD, Head of the Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center

ETH Zurich

Dr. Oliver Renn joined ETH Zurich in 2012 as Head of the Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center, a unit that acts as “scientific information” skill centre within a diverse research environment. Since 2015, he has also been Head of Science Communication D-CHAB (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences). Oliver Renn studied chemistry in Munich and Freiburg. After his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry in 1990 at the University of Dortmund, he continued working in cancer research at the University of California, Davis. Further steps of his academic career include a position at ETH Zürich. In 1996, he left academia and started working in publishing, first at Karger and then as a Publishing Director at Bertelsmann-Springer in Munich. In 2002 he joined the management board of Oncology World, a start-up company focusing on knowledge management and discovery in oncology, and from 2003 to 2012 he headed the Scientific Information Center of Boehringer Ingelheim.

About the host

Holger Barth undefined

Holger Barth

Account Development Manager

Springer Nature

Holger has worked for 14 years at Springer in various Marketing positions before he started as an Account Development Manager in 2015.


For further questions please get in touch with Holger Barth.

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