ISBE February Blog – Reflections after ISBE 2017

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Reflections after ISBE 2017
Rob Edwards, Head of Business Development and Marketing
rob@isbe.org.uk

Feedback after the 40th anniversary conference in Belfast last November has been excellent; many thanks to all members who attended. In all, 232 papers were presented, the highest number since 2013 in Cardiff. Remember that all ISBE members have access to the conference papers via the conference app.

We also saw a higher conversation rate of abstracts to papers at 72%, compared with 68% last year and 61% the year before. This is due in no small part to our Track Chair and reviewer teams and their support of authors through the process. Thank you to all.

We received 134 responses to the post-conference survey. In summary, 79% of attendees said the conference met their expectations, with 20% saying that it mostly met their reasons for attending.

Overall, 97% of delegates would attend a future ISBE conference, and 97% would recommend it to colleagues (96% and 97% respectively for Paris). If you would like to recommend the conference, or relive the excitement of Belfast, the ISBE YouTube channel has lots of videos from the two days. Included is our first conference webinar, hosted by our Gender and Enterprise Network SIG, and the Gala Dinner at Titanic Belfast, including James Nesbitt’s inspiring speech.

Thanks again to Conference Chairs, Colette Henry and Tony Wall, for all their hard work.

Follow-up
You may have already seen the reflections on each track, kindly provided by the Track Chairs, that were published on the website as blogs and promoted via Twitter and LinkedIn. These pieces are currently being brought together, with contributions from ISBE and the keynote speakers, into the post-conference report, which will be circulated to all members shortly.

ISBE 2018
We are already looking forward to the Birmingham conference in November. Abstracts can now be submitted until April the 8th via the ISBE website. The paper submission window then runs from May the 15th until August the 31st.

For Birmingham, the main themes that we are currently discussing from Belfast’s post-conference survey include the increasingly busy programme across the two days, the continued emphasis on attracting ever-higher quality papers, improved publication routes from the conference, better outputs for policy and practice, the format of the AGM, and the organisation of the programme.

We anticipate another exciting, thought-provoking and enjoyable conference!

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