* How far do people travel to experience music? To what extent does music fuel a desire for other places? In what ways does music enable or aid travel?
These questions and more will be tackled in the Music and Travel conference to be held by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology on December 2.
It is the first conference organised by the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at Manchester University.
* The beautiful surroundings of Patagonia are the scene for what is being billed as the first international conference on the management of natural resources, sustainable development and ecological hazards.
The Ravage of the Planet 2006 conference will take an interdisciplinary look at the problems and seek to find "appropriate sustainable solutions".
The conference is organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology - www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2006 . December 12-14, Bariloche, Argentina.
* The British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference is the first in a new series of independent annual conferences organised by the BPS.
A keynote speaker is David Barlow, director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, who will speak about the future of psychological treatments and psychotherapy.
December 14-15, The Congress Centre, London. Details: www.dcpconference.co.uk/
* Are we what we eat? That is the question being put to delegates at the Royal Agricultural College's Cirencester Conference . The speakers will include Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, and Matthew Howe, senior vicepresident of McDonald's (UK). December 15. Details: www.rac.ac.uk