NETWORKING AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Opportunities to network, meet new people, connect with like-minded researchers, share ideas with people working in similar areas, or simply having useful conversations is consistently ranked as being one of the ‘most valuable’ aspects of attending the Annual Conference.
With this in mind, we have ensured that your Annual Conference experience can include a range of different networking opportunities – from large, all delegate receptions, to more informal socials in the pub.
WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL
10.00 - Registration and Refreshments - there will be time and space for you to meet other delegates over a cup of tea or coffee during morning registration.
10.30 – 11.30 - Networking brunch at Baltic 39 with welcome from internationally renowned art academic and Baltic Professor, Andrea Phillips.
17.30 – 20.00 - Opening Keynote & Reception – all delegates will be invited to attend the opening keynote by art historian Lynda Nead. A drinks reception and exhibition viewing will take place straight after the keynote at the Laing Gallery. This is an opportunity to talk about the keynote and connect with other delegates.
Extra Networking – sometimes the session convenor will invite speakers to meet up before hand for a coffee or drink so that people can get to know each other ahead of the session. This is often useful for convenors and speakers.
THURSDAY 2 APRIL
08.30 – 10.20 - Registration and Refreshments – there will be time and space for you to meet other delegates over a cup of tea or coffee during morning registration
12.15 – 14.15 - Bookfair Reception & Buffet Lunch – this year we have introduced a new lunchtime reception with complimentary lunch for delegates. This will allow delegates time to enjoy the bookfair, meet academic publishers and network with colleagues over an extended lunchtime period.
16.15 – 17.30 - Refreshments & Networking - an extended afternoon break will give delegates an opportunity for some time after the sessions and before the keynote to look at on-site exhibitions, attend informal networking groups or visit local attractions.
FRIDAY 3 APRIL
10.30 – 11.00 - Post-Keynote Refreshments & Networking – there will be time after the morning keynote to have a coffee and chat ahead of going in to sessions.
13.45 – 14.45 – lunch time excursions or networking – delegates will have the opportunity during an extended lunchtime to sign-up for a range of tours and visits. Alternatively, you can chose to use this lunch time slot to make your own arrangements - perhaps go to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art to see the Judy Chicago exhibition, or return to the Laing Art Gallery for a closer look at exhibitions there.
16.45 – 18.00 – Artist Performance and drinks – the conference will close with a performance with artist Maria Fusco. There will also be an opportunity before and after the performance to network over drinks.
18.00 – For delegates staying on after the conference there will be informal socials and networking opportunities happening in local pubs.