Following the BISA 2019 conference in London we asked attendees for feedback on what worked well and what we could improve for Newcastle 2020 and beyond. The results are in and we wanted to share some highlights. We rely on your suggestions to improve the conference year on year and, most importantly, to give you as members a productive and worthwhile conference experience that represents value for money.
The most important statistic for us is that 96% of you said that the conference delivered on our aim to provide an intellectual atmosphere that is respectful and open to all levels of debate and opinion. This was our principle aim for the conference and we are pleased with this strong result.
Other aspects of the conference which scored well included:
- 87% of you thought the satellite events were a useful addition to the programme
- 85% gave a positive response on the special panels, for example CPD and mentoring
- 88% rated the diversity of panel topics ‘excellent’ or ‘good’
- The ‘Meet the Editors’ event organised by the BISA Postgraduate Network (PGN) was a particular favourite with requests to repeat it next year
Common themes for improvement included:
- A later start time each day to ensure better attendance at the first panels
- More consideration to be given to the choice of venue and use of space – for example to have seating and work areas, more signage and better wifi
- Provision of training for panel chairs
- Greater diversity of panellists - this is very important to us and we are continually looking for ways to improve in this area
- Better promotion of the PGN events
We’ll be discussing all the conference feedback at the next conference committee meeting in September, with a view to ensuring that we can act on as many of your suggestions as possible for Newcastle 2020. Look out for announcements on what we’ve improved when the conference programme is released early next year.