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The Festival of Learning - Fit for the Future 2024

The Festival of Learning - Fit for the Future 2024

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Fit for the Future – the ABPCO Festival of Learning, SEC Glasgow 29-30th April

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, (ABPCO) is the UK’s leading professional body for association conference and not-for-profit event organisations. We are excited to announce that our flagship Festival of Learning event is returning in 2024 and it will be taking place in person from Monday 29 to Tuesday 30 April 2024.

The Festival of Learning brings the association events industry together and provides opportunities for sharing, learning and collaboration. After unprecedented change in our industry its more important now than ever that we come together to support each other and the theme of ‘Fit for the Future’ reflects that.”

The Festival of Learning will be attended by over 100 leading PCOs in the UK and a range of industry partners. Sessions include:

  • Dr Tharaka Gunarathne ‘Dr T’ , a TV psychiatrist and expert on motivation and mental health, challenges us to unlock a future of heightened productivity and reduced stress with cutting-edge brain science tips designed for event managers.  Elevate your skills, amplify your success, and embrace a future fit for unparallelled event management excellence.
  • Event Power – A Force for Good.  This interactive session with key industry leaders will promote discussion and debate and takes a deep dive into how the wider impact of events reaches beyond the financial margins.
  • The winning combination:  Balancing technology with Human Expertise in Events led by Cvent and Sammy Connell from the NASUWT
  • Adapting for the future with limited resources – Join the team from the EICC and Jai Mistry, MICE organiser as they look at how conferences can actively contribute to the UN SDGs.
  • Tips & Hacks:  Embracing Public Speaking – using science, understanding, wellness and some neat tricks Cally Willoughby-Ward, Chatty Penguin shares her knowledge.
  • Cultivating Success: The transformative impact of mentoring – an informal panel discussion with Sarah Vaughan, CITMA, Sammy Connell, NASUWT,  Rebecca Towell, Full Circle and Cally Willoughby-Ward, Chatty Penguin
  • Avoid the pitfalls and dodge the disasters – stay future fit by minimising risk with Emma Robson, Alzheimer’s Research, Martin Linfield, James Hallam, Leanne Bladen, Eastside Rooms and Adam Baggs, SoaringWW
  • Accessibility will be one of the major trends for 2024.  Next to AI and Authenticity it is the third ‘A’.  Join Jo Powel, Macmillan Cancer Research and a panel of experts to discuss how we understand and adapt to intellectual accessibility.

We would like to thank the SEC and Glasgow Convention Bureau in their support of this event.  Also GES, Harrogate Convention Centre and Aberdeen Convention Bureau and Brightelm,for their support of our lunch, refreshments, networking and event tech.

We also have some student places available - thanks to the sponsorship of ACC Liverpool.

We have negotiated hotel rates - please follow the banner on the 'directions' tab.

Thank you to our industry partners for their ongoing support.

Organised by: Heather Lishman of ABPCO
Phone Number: +447818287086

Monday 29th April

Time

Activity

14.30-17.00

ABPCO exec meeting and strategy session - SEC

15.00-16.30

Invisible Cities local guided walk.

17.30-18.00

Showround opportunity at the SEC

18.15-18.45

New members and first-time attendees networking at the Crowne Plaza

18.50

All attendees meet at the Crowne Plaza reception to walk together to the Glasgow Science Centre

19.00- 19.45

Arrival drinks and an informal supper

 

19.45-20.15

Fireside session

Cultivating Success: The transformative impact of mentoring

Cally Willoughby-Ward, Chatty Penguin

Sammy Connell, NASUWT

Sarah Vaughan, CITMA

Rebecca Towell, Full Circle

The speakers will explore how mentoring is not only integral to being successful in your role but also a valuable investment in the future of our industry.

20.15-21.00

Networking and an opportunity to attend a short Planetarium show.

21.00

Walk back to the hotels.  No formal arrangements from this point.

Tuesday 30th April SEC

Time

Sessions

TBC

5k run leaving from the Crowne Plaza

Or TBC

Yoga session at TBC

09.15-09.45

Coffee, registration and networking, with sponsor and partner exhibition stands.

09.45-09.50

Chairs welcome – Emma Duffy and Sarah Byrne

09.50-10.00

Glasgow/SEC welcome

10.00-10.40

Event Power – a force for good

Danielle Bounds, ICC Wales

Kerrin MacPhie, MIA

Martin Fullard, Davies Tanner

Emma duffy, RCPCH

This interactive session with key industry leaders who will promote discussion and debate and takes a deep dive into how the wider impact of events reaches beyond the financial margins.  By exploring these diverse and often overlooked benefits how can we realistically unleash the true value that events bring to our society and economy and how can we leverage this compelling evidence to position our industry higher up the political agenda?

10.40-10.50

Results of our impact survey

10.50-11.20

Coffee and networking – with sponsor exhibition stands

11.20-11.50

The winning Combination: balancing Technology & Human Expertise in Events

Jake Dennett, Cvent

Sammy Connell NASUWT

With event teams at associations having to do more with less, finding ways to be more efficient is critical.  Technology can automate processes, giving teams more time to focus on strategy, creativity and community building.  But where should we draw the line between technology and human involvement?

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the role of technology in association events, and learn how your association can leverage technology to innovate and stay ahead of the curve.

11.55-12.25

 

Tips and Hacks:  Presenting and Public speaking. 

Cally Willoughby-Ward, Chatty Penguin

If you feel nervous or scared about giving a speech, presenting to new clients or known colleagues, or being on stage, you’re not alone.

Using science, understanding, wellness and some neat tricks honed over many years and used by professional sports people and public personalities, it’s possible to get you from presentation panic to delivering an engaging talk, and in some cases, even enjoy it!

12.25-12.30

Chef update re the food at the SEC

12.30-13.20

Lunch and networking and showrounds

13.20-13.30

(optional)

Dissertation discussion on the utilization of content creators to support event digital marketing.

Scott McKillop – Edinburgh Napier University

Student update –– learn the findings of Scott’s dissertation on the use of influencers in the events industry.

13.35-14.05

Adapting to the future with limited resources – the BEST example

Workshop led by

Elaine Miller of EICC

Jai Mistry of MICE Organiser Ltd

Edinburgh event professionals launched an innovative new tool to measure the contribution and impact conferences bring to the city and the wider community.

Business Events Shaping Tomorrow (BEST), is a free and easy to use tool, designed to support event organisers in ensuring their conferences actively contribute to the UN’s SDGs of Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production and Partnership for the Goals.

For the session each table will have a different conference and different UN SDG to work on to come up with an idea for impact from the conference with limited resources as in the case of BEST. Teams will also have to think about how to measure the impact from their conference.

14.10-14.40

Accessibility will be one of the major trends for 2024.  Next to AI and Authenticity it is the third ‘A’.  

Jo Powel, Macmillan CancerSupport and a panel of experts.

Accessibility is intrinsically linked to AI as the industry looks to create more accessible and welcoming experiences. As an industry we need to look beyond 'motor' based (physical) accessibility; we have also made exceptional strides in sensory (sight / sound etc) accessibility; now we need to understand and adapt to intellectual accessibility, from neurodiversity to those with intellectual disability (e.g. Down's Syndrome). 

This is the next frontier in creating truly accessible events, and moving the industry closer to one that isn't just catering for extroverts, but welcoming anyone with a right to engage with event content. 

14.45-15.15

Avoid the pitfalls and dodge the disasters – stay future fit by minimising risk

Martin Linfield, James Hallam

Leanne Bladen, The Eastside Rooms

Adam Baggs, Soaring Worldwide

Emma Robson, Alzheimer's Research UK

To succeed we must often take risks – but when and how much?  This workshop will examine not just the risks inherent in Association events but also the tools available to maximise impact, whilst minimising the risk.

The panellists will discuss potential risks for PCOs from court action and media crises to cyber-crime and natural disasters before suggesting, recommending and highlighting steps that could be taken to mitigate such risks. 

The remainder of the workshop will see attendees work together as small teams devising solutions to real life crisis scenarios that have happened to the panellists and their peers.  

15.15-15.30

Comfort break and grab a coffee

15.30-16.20

Unlocking a future of heightened productivity and reduced stress

Dr Tharaka Gunarathne ‘Dr T’ , a TV psychiatrist and expert on motivation and mental health, challenges us to unlock a future of heightened productivity and reduced stress with cutting-edge brain science tips designed for event managers.  Elevate your skills, amplify your success, and embrace a future fit for unparallelled event management excellence.

16.20 – 16.30

Closing remarks from the Chairs

 

 

 

 

Prices

Please find a list of tickets for this event below.

Ticket Price
ABPCO member £50.00
Non-member PCO £100.00
Non-member supplier £195.00

Attendees

The following delegates are already attending this event.

Mr Adam Baggs

Mr Adam Baggs

Soaring Worldwide

Mr Andrew Bowers

Mr Andrew Bowers

MICE Concierge Ltd

Ms Aileen Crawford

Ms Aileen Crawford

Glasgow Convention Bureau

Mr Jake Dennett

Mr Jake Dennett

Cvent

Mrs Sarah Dietrich

Mrs Sarah Dietrich

Warwick Conferences

Mrs Emma Duffy

Mrs Emma Duffy

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Mrs Louise Edwards

Mrs Louise Edwards

Offshore Energies UK

Ms OLIVIA CHARLOTTE GARVEY

Ms OLIVIA CHARLOTTE GARVEY

Manchester Central

Ms Kaylie Hodges

Ms Kaylie Hodges

NASUWT

Mrs Heather Lishman

Mrs Heather Lishman

ABPCO

Ms Madalina Marincas

Ms Madalina Marincas

Opening Doors and Venues Ltd

Ms Fiona McGillivray

Ms Fiona McGillivray

Abbey Conference & Events

Mr Jai Mistry

Mr Jai Mistry

MICE Organiser Ltd

Ms Rachel Neil

Ms Rachel Neil

Abbey Conference & Events

Mrs Kate Sargent

Mrs Kate Sargent

Bioscientifica Ltd

Mrs Gemma Savage

Mrs Gemma Savage

ICC Wales

Ms Rebecca Towell

Ms Rebecca Towell

Full Circle Events & Exhibitions

Name Organisation
Mr Simon Callaghan Callaghan Photography Ltd
Miss Rheo Clarke NASUWT - The Teachers' Union
Ms Helen Davidson Glasgow Convention Bureau
Ms Jemima Dewhurst Manchester Central
Mrs Georgia Glasswell Harrogate Convention Centre
Mrs Lauren Godward Thailand Convention Bureau
Ms Bhavnita Patel NBL Solutions
Miss Natalie Timoney Marriott International
Miss Katarina Vargova Dubai Business Events
Mrs Carolyn Willoughby-Ward Chatty Penguin Ltd

Delegate Terms and Conditions

ABPCO are committed to and actively encourage diversity and promote inclusion and accessibility at our events. 

We value the participation of each individual and want everybody to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. All communication and behaviour should therefore be appropriate for a professional audience.

By attending an ABPCO event, you’re agreeing to respect and be kind to everybody, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other aspect of what they look like, where they come from or who they are.

For further information and our full code of conduct please visit our website here.

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