Conferences supplement

March 19, 2004


Conferences, Issue No. 1
Published in The Times Higher on March 19 2004

'Academics and students may fuss about the hassles of hosting conferences, but both reap the benefits'

Budget bites

Organising a one-day conference requires many talents - not least one for cut-price catering

Smoothie operators  
From energising drinks to golf links - a collection of top tips on how expert organisers make a conference an unmissable event

Vroom service  
Opening their doors to ad agencies and film and TV companies as well as to conferences can provide institutions with a healthy second income

Starry events lose shine  
American universities are veering towards smaller conferences with more practical content

For all who relish a slice of life  
Academics, it seems, love a culinary adventure and will eat almost anything

Views with a room  
Universities have to be businesslike and professional in providing venues and accommodation

A badge of honour  
The annual mass gathering of anthropologists - with its fights over status, territorial disputes and rituals of belonging - is little different from other clannish assemblies

Beside the seaside  
Combining learning with leisure is what draws academics to conferences

Boozing or snoozing?  
Are conferences hotbeds of sexual liaisons and drink-fuelled sessions at the bar or tedious gatherings of boring old codgers?

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