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New features for the EUPRIO 2016 conference


With numbers signing up for EUPRIO’s 2016 annual conference in Antwerp topping the 200-mark last week, and growing every day, organisers are confident it will be a great event, writes Nic Mitchell

Several new features are being introduced this year to help participants get the most out of #EUPRIO2016, which is being hosted by the University of Antwerp, Belgium, from 1-3 September.

New for this year is the Open Space Workshop being offered as one of the parallel sessions on Friday September 2, from 14.15 to 15.15.

 Sharing competencies and experiences

Sofia Moestedt-Westerberg, chair of the programme task force.

Sofia Moestedt-Westerberg, chair of the programme task force.

Sofia Moestedt-Westerberg, chair of the programme task force, said: “The open space workshop invites people to bring up topics that they find relevant and challenging, with the aim of sharing competencies and experiences with colleagues from all over Europe.

“Led by a moderator, Göran Alsén, an expert in management strategy and organisational change from Sweden, those attending the open space workshop will form smaller discussion groups and can move from group to group to discuss the issues they find most interesting.

“We hope it will create an inspiring atmosphere. At the end of the workshop the key results from the smaller groups will be shared with all participants.”

Sofia said the open space session differs from the European Plaza, which brings all the delegates together to help define themes already set and get suggestions for future EUPRIO conferences.

Conference app to help participants

“Another new feature this year is the introduction of a state of the art conference app to help delegates with their schedule and to find locations on maps for workshops and other sessions they have signed up for.lumi

“It will be available for download prior to the conference.

Chief conference organiser Jan Dries, said: “Anyone interested in finding out how it could help them organise their own conferences and large meetings can attend a workshop by Lumi, a major sponsor of #EUPRIO2016.” 

Technology to fit different meeting types

The workshop ‘Using technology to interact, inform and assess your audience’ will be led by Jon Fowler, Amie Fletcher & Aleksandra Perisic from Lumi. It also takes place at 14.15 on Friday September 2.

The session will look at why people attend events and what constitutes engaged attendees and how different technology fits different meeting types.

Jan Dries, main organiser of #EUPRIO2016 Antwerp

Jan Dries, chief organiser of #EUPRIO2016 Antwerp

Jan, director of communications at the University of Antwerp, said the app will also help EUPRIO delegates find and contact ‘like-minded’ attendees and share experiences.

And, importantly, it will allow easy voting for the EUPRIO Award. “No more pieces of paper”, said Jan.

“It will also provide an easy way of informing everyone of last minute schedule or location changes”, he added.

EUPRIO Awards entries by August 22

Don’t forget to submit your entries for this year’s EUPRIO Awards before August 22.

All the details can be found here and you may find it useful to read our interview  with last year’s winner Emma Leech from Loughborough University in the UK to find out why it is worth entering.

The winner is invited back to the following year’s conference and can lead a workshop around their winning entry. Travel, accommodation and registration will be covered by EUPRIO.

See the conference section of the EUPRIO for more information.