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April 24th - April 25th 2023

Festival of Learning 2023

Survive and Thrive

ABPCO - Festival of Learning 2023 at Telford International Centre

Deadline for abstract submission - Wednesday, 30th November, 2022

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, (ABPCO) is the UK’s leading professional body for association conference & not-for-profit event organisation. We are excited to announce that the Festival of Learning event is returning next year and it will be taking place in person and for one day only.

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 ‘Thrive and Survive’ reflects that.

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

We need your help 

To help make the day as valuable as possible we’re calling for contributions and are looking for a range of content and formats for both plenary and breakout sessions. We request that all opportunities are interactive and allow delegates to engage with the content as well as provide key learnings and takeaways that can be put into action.

The content must also support the theme ‘Thrive and Survive’ exploring what we need now as an industry to move forward. We also want content which is focused on the following areas:

Innovation and Creativity

We want to hear about the brilliant ways you have been innovative and creative through the conferences and events that you deliver – whether that is through content, use of technology to enhance an event or working differently to achieve event outcomes. Can you share your experiences, share the skills needed as well as challenges to being innovative and creative to help others to thrive in this area and to think innovation and creativity?

Adapting for the future 

We know events are changing, but do we understand the different aspects and external factors that are influencing events and how we prepare for them and ultimately survive. Can you share your experiences of how you prepared and responded to challenges out of your control, provide details on changes we’re seeing in the industry (eg sustainability, EDI or tech) or ideas for how we can do more with less as we navigate the cost of living crisis?

People

It’s not just about the delivery of events or event solutions, but the beating heart of what makes our industry thrive, its people. We want content across a range of areas that will help you and your organisations to support our people – from recruitment and development to mental health and wellbeing.

How to submit

Submit a title and abstract using the form here.

• Deadline is 30th November 2022

• You will be informed of the outcome by 12 January 2023

Please note: If we do not accept your submission for the Festival of Learning it may be considered for future learning opportunities.

If you have any queries email Heather Lishman on heatherlishman@abpco.org.

We will be opening registration shortly - so please watch this space.

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