21 October 2011

Another year, another conference

At the end of last month, I was in Oxford overseeing the annual conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders – my first as the Society’s Conference Director. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I can begin to look at the conference with a degree of objectivity. Inevitably there are things I could improve for next year’s conference, but on the whole the Oxford event seems to have been well received by those who attended it. For example, one person wrote
This was an excellent conference - extremely efficiently run, interesting sessions, great networking. And the accommodation was good and the catering excellent - five star meals elegantly served. Not what I would have expected, given my previous experience of staying in university residences!
And another emailed to say
A woman in the 'Editing STM' course . . . came up to me after lunch and said that she remembered me from the conference, where she'd been a first timer. She said that it was the first time she'd been to such an event where she'd felt at home and surrounded by friendly people within a couple of hours of arriving - she really raved about it. She also said that the future of journal publishing seminar had transformed the way she viewed her work.
But, of course, the fact that the dust is settling means that it is time to begin preparing for next year’s conference in York. If anyone reading this blog has any suggestions about possible speakers, workshop topics, entertainment, sponsors, etc. please feel free to leave a comment. All suggestions gratefully received!

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