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AUDE 2021 - Coronacoaster 



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For 2021 our annual conference is going online over five days in April - 12th to 16th April . It will be a different experience to the usual event. We're aiming to keep the best things about the traditional conferences for 2021, while also making the most of what an online event allows - namely a bigger event, with more sessions and attendees. This means more value for you and your team.

The theme of the conference is Coronacoaster. The conference will capture some of the biggest questions and challenges that universities have right now, and will be facing as the new ‘normal’ emerges. We will ensure to add a bit of humour to this years conference with our plenary and session titles with a nod to the year we have just experienced. 

It will be a ‘bigger’ event

Freed from the constraints of asking everyone to travel to a conference and fitting everyone in a physical venue, we’ll be expanding the conference to cover not just DOEs but deputies, heads of estates/facilities equivalent, professional services staff as well as senior representatives from suppliers to the sector. To facilitate this, the cost of the conference will be on an institutional basis, rather than individual basis - in the form of a new ticket for 2021 a ‘team’ ticket. We’ll also be expanding the content to match and running the event over 5 days rather than 2½. You’ll be relieved to know we’re not expecting anyone to be there for every session - it will be a case of ‘build your own’ conference where you can attend the sessions of most value to you. With a week’s worth of sessions to choose from, we are confident that every senior estates and facilities colleague at every member institution will be able to find something of benefit.

It will be a strategic event 

Whilst we’re broadening the delegate list, the content of the conference will still be high-level and strategic. We also still intend for there to be several sessions that would be ‘DOE-only’ (in practice this means DOEs and/or their immediate deputies), including the AGM, as it is important that we don’t lose the space and time that the conference affords for DOEs to communicate openly together. It will be delivered through the usual mix of plenaries and workshops, as well as via exciting alternative means that the digital platform allows. 

Please use the tabs above to find out more about how to book, the programme, conference supporters, the Hopin software, and more. If you have any questions, and cannot find the answer, please get in touch with Corinne.


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