AEME Conference 2016

The University of Derby, Buxton Campus is delighted to host the 13th annual Association for Event Management Education (AEME) forum.

The annual three day forum will take place from Wednesday 13 July - Friday 15 July 2016.

The 2016 theme focuses upon ‘Making Sense’; Events are experiences that feed and test our senses and in turn examine and elevate our understanding and knowledge of the world. 

From events that stimulate us through sound, vision, taste, touch and hearing, to events that increase our sense of belonging, this forum will look at the sensory and educational effect of events experiences from an academic and a delivery point of view. 

The forum offers a great opportunity to share practice, learn, and network - all in the beautiful spa town of Buxton, Derbyshire.

When and where

Keynote speakers

Professor Colin Beard

Colin BeardProfessor Colin Beard originally trained as a zoologist. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Visiting Professor at Derby University. A National Fellow, and a Faculty Teaching Fellow at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, he has a PhD in Experiential Learning and as an international reputation as a learning and development specialist, delivering developmental programmes for clients from Adventure organisations, to Outward Bound, HEIs, to consultants and doctors, and to senior officials in Government Departments in the UK, Singapore, and the US.

He has delivered 55 global keynotes, written 6 lead authored and co-authored books, 18 book chapters, written 35 refereed articles. His main research interest is in the human experience of learning, and he has recorded an audio book on Sensory Intelligence.

Simon Glinn

Simon GlinnSimon Glinn is Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, venues which host Buxton Festival, the Big Session Folk Festival, and a very diverse year- round programme. His career has included 12 years as Executive Director of Liverpool Philharmonic’s venues and festivals programme, which involved a broad range of events projects from year-round programming as part of European Capital of Culture, developing Liverpool Irish Festival and Arab Arts Festival, devising Hope Street Feast - combining major arts producers with a food, drink and street theatre in a large-scale street and venue festival - to overseeing the production safety for Sir Paul McCartney’s concert at Anfield.

He produced and later programmed Glastonbury Festival’s Jazzworld Stage until 2000, major events for Bristol City Council, and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe, devising Sarajevo Jazz Festival and producing Echo Festival in Belgrade, has toured major events throughout the world as a tour and production manager. He recently lectured for the British Council to arts managers from the Middle East and North Africa on Cultural Catalysis: facilitating new festival design and applying event management principles beyond local legislative contexts.

Albert Postma

Albert PostmaAlbert Postma is professor of scenario planning at the European Tourism Futures Institute, Centre of Expertise of the School of Leisure and Tourism Management at Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. His core business is to develop, disseminate and apply knowledge in strategic foresight, i.e. futures studies and scenario planning. Strategic foresight offers a fascinating and inspiring approach for businesses to deal with uncertainty and to develop innovative strategies, concepts, or business models.

He gives lectures and keynotes at academic and business conferences to share the findings of the studies he has conducted. Postma is co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures. He holds an MSc and PhD degree in Spatial Sciences, awarded by the University of Groningen. His PhD thesis focused on critical encounters in the development of tourism through the eyes of residents. Earlier in his career Postma had been working at Stenden University (and its predecessor CHN North Netherlands) as lecturer, researcher/consultant and programme director of the MA International Leisure and Tourism Studies.

Cathryn Peach 

Cathryn PeachCathryn Peach has been the Creative Producer at Wild Rumpus CIC for two and a half years, working collaboratively on creating and embedding an artistic vision that takes families out of their day to day lives and into the extraordinary, creating magical and enchanting places which can inspire, create moments of wonder and change they way people see the world around them.

Working cross-discipline Cathryn works alongside artists to shape their practice, weaving individual pieces into wider narratives aswell as into natural landscapes -focusing on ensuring audiences are engaged through a whole range of their senses.

Cathryn also manages the Northern Festivals Network, where she embeds high quality family arts into greenfield music festivals, ranging from Ramsbottom Festival to Festival No.6, Kendal Calling to Underneath The Stars as well as leading best practice work on accessibility, sustainability, and audience development.

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