Experts from the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University will be sharing their knowledge and leading-edge educational insights at two of the events management industry’s leading trade shows.


The psychology of event design, safety and risk panels, negotiation and future thinking tours will all be on the agenda at Olympia on 18 February at Confex and on 19 February at the Event Production Show.


Senior Lecturer, Michelle Lanham, will be at the Marketing and Communications area of Confex 2015 sharing insights and practical tips on the Psychology of Great Event Design.  The 30 minute session at 3pm on Thursday 19 Feb will look at how colour, light, sound, smell and taste impact the experience, hearts and minds of attendees.  More creative thinking will be taking place on the move, with Jackie Mulligan’s Imagineering tours. Jackie, a keen trends researcher, will be using future predictions to inspire future thinking in her unique interactive workshop on the move. Tour departures are at 11am and 2pm on both the 18 and 19 February from the UKCEM Stand CJ66.


Jackie Mulligan, Director of Enterprise for the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, said: “It is very exciting to be working with Confex once again to bring new insights, professional education and discussions to the show. The Certified Meeting Professional campfires in particular on the show floor with MPI are a significant addition to our programme.”


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will be holding four Certified Meeting Professional Campfires, each led by Leeds Beckett’s events lecturers Jackie Mulligan and Eliza Hixson at 12pm and 1pm on Wednesday and Thursday at Confex stand CC21. The sessions are entitled ‘Event Design – future focused tips for designing future ready events’, ‘Risky business – approaches to use for risky situations’, ‘Communicating with partners, clients and sponsors – models to help you manage them and putting feel good into events’ and ‘Sustainable event design with best practice ideas for right now’. 

Simon Bell, course leader for Major and Cultural Events, will also be chairing a panel Safety geeks and event nerds at 12:15pm on February 18 at the Lineout theatre at the co-located Event Production Show.  Event planners will be invited to bring questions, conundrums, trials and tribulations to the Lineout Theatre in a unique event safety surgery with leading industry panellists.