The medieval city of Tallinn, capital of Estonia, is about to be invaded by science editors from all around the world as the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) conference gets underway.

Rather appropriately in the city that dreamt up Skype, the theme of the conference at Tallinn University of Technology is Editing in the Digital World. Plenary and parallel sessions will cover topics like open access and digital models, regional and national journals, dealing with data, social media in academic publishing, language editing, detecting misconduct, editorial office management, and bibliometrics.

Iain Chalmers, whose Life Scientific recently featured on BBC Radio 4, will be chairing a session on bias in medical and health care publications. A discussion on gender equality in science has been added to the agenda when I will have the chance to meet Mirjam Curno, who was also awarded a grant from the Biochemical Society this year to study gender inclusion in scholarly literature.

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It is very encouraging that some journal editors have already enrolled for the APEER survey and I will be drumming up more support with our Who’s who? badges and flyers. In keeping with the forward-looking theme, Tweets, Facebook posts and Youtube videos will be positively encouraged during the conference alongside the traditional poster sessions and newsletter.

We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of EASE in Tallinn Town Hall, with a gala dinner the following evening in the rather forebodingly named House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads! These are both landmarks on the tourist map so it will be a great privilege to have this opportunity to chat about science and editing in such remarkable surroundings.

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