BIG CONVERSATIONBig Conversation to mark 20th Anniversary of Events Education

The UK Centre for Events Management will be launching The Big Conversation live at International Confex, Olympia London on Thursday 3rd March 2016 as part of its celebrations of 20 years of events management education.

With the production from partners George P Johnson, the event will see the Apex Room at Olympia transformed into a more parliamentary-style setting where industry leaders from companies including Ashfield Meetings and Events, Zibrant, Grass Roots, First Protocol, graduates working at companies including Blitz Communications, UBM, students and leading academics from across the UK will debate and shape a new manifesto for how both industry and academia can nurture the talent, skills and knowledge that industry will need in the long term.

Thanks to Official Partner George P Johnson who are hosting the event.

Jackie Mulligan Principal Lecturer and Director of Enterprise at the UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Beckett University, believes the Big Conversation will encourage a fresh perspective “After 20 years of events management education, The Big Conversation will change the focus from ‘why do we have events management degrees?’ to ‘what next for events management education, knowledge, skills and talent for both universities and industry?”

Future-focused, quick-fire presentations, a Buffet BrainJam and idea trees are all promised for some interactive idea generation for all participants from 12 noon that will inform the high level discussions that aim to shape the start of a manifesto for educators and industry.

Event professionals have been keen to join forces with the initiative, Paul Cook, Past President MPI UK & Founder of Planet Planit explains “It is great to see so many industry professionals keen to support the building of a new manifesto for events management education to enhance the events industry as a whole. For too long there have been divisive discussions about education and experience, when the real opportunity is for everyone to work together to create a better place for everyone bringing their talents to the events industry.”

For more information or for photographs please contact Olivia Wright-Lewis, 0113 8129161.


About the UK Centre for Events Management

The UK Centre for Events Management is the longest established and largest centre dedicated to events management education and research in the World. Based at Leeds Beckett University, the Centre has been established since 1996 and now prides itself on having an inspiring number of graduates working at all levels and across the globe in events, festivals and exhibitions.


About International Confex

As the UK’s leading and longest standing event for the MICE industry, International Confex aims to create a community for buyers, suppliers, venues and destinations. Since 1983, Confex has occupied an unrivalled position in the UK as the focal point for thousands of event buyers – professional and commercial conference and exhibition organisers, corporates, agencies and associations seeking venue, destination and supplier inspiration.

Confex will take place on the 2nd & 3rd of March 2016 at London Olympia, alongside The Event Production Show, making it the largest buying forum for the events industry.

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