School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management

The International Society for Professional Innovation Management call on the expertise of UKCEM students

Following the success of our partnership last year, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) is again working with the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM). 

World map showing the locations and times of the virtual conference's 'journey'

Four final year students, Zoe Mallinder, Niamh Gilbert, Jessica Waugh, Georgia Burrows and a UKCEM graduate, Annaliese Hesketh have been invited to support and co-produce the next international ISPIM conference in December.  

The conference begins a virtual journey around the world on 7th December, starting in Japan and ending on 8th December in Melbourne, Australia. The content will be broadcast live, and is likely to be the longest zoom event on record. The 24 hours of thought-provoking innovation discussions come from 21 different regions spanning 5 continents with 90+ speakers and include interviews, hosts, panel discussions, 100+ presentations with insights from industry and research and creative online networking sessions.

CEO of ISPIM Iain Bitran states “Once again we are thankful to the UKCEM students from the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management for acting as session supporters for our forthcoming conference. Their main responsibilities will be to ensure that all sessions run smoothly, especially on the main stage where we will be running one continuous Zoom Meeting for 24 hours. This will involve dealing with presenters as well as controlling our global audience and contributing to and monitoring the chat facility. For the scientific sessions and workshops that will be run in parallel, and they will assist the session facilitator with presenters, technical issues and question and answer sessions in the same way as they did back in June when six UKCEM students helped out at another much larger conference.

Joining supporters and sponsors from around the world, Dr Julia Calver, Course Director at UKCEM states, “we are delighted that ISPIM continue to work with us, as this partnership provides excellent opportunities for our students to develop and apply their events management skills on a global platform, extending their professional network and enhancing their employability skills. Our partnership also enables us as a School to engage in discussions with global thought leaders, researchers and innovation practitioners enriching our curriculum and student experience in the current climate.

Further information on the conference and ISPIM can be found here. 

Dr James Musgrave

Head of Subject / School Of Events, Tourism And Hospitality Management

James has extensive experience in research, consultancy, and training across a number of sectors such as events, hospitality and international manufacturing. His current interests are in corporate social responsibility, pro-environmental behaviour change and sustainable knowledge transfer. 

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