Why should you host a conference?

Conferences are an indispensable part of business and hosting one could be an invaluable opportunity for you and your organisation in a number of ways

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Networking

Conferences provide the rare opportunity in which key individuals from your field of specialism are brought together from all over the world in the same place at the same time. An environment such as this gives you the perfect platform to network, form partnerships and share knowledge with both peers and people from connected industries whom you may not have previously encountered. A prospect such as this could serve you well in your work both now, and in the future.

Being on the organising committee of a conference allows you to interact with leading exponents in your field, with residential conferences offering further opportunities to network. Dinners, evening socials and breakfast interactions allow time to deepen the connections formed in a way that wouldn’t be possible without your conference setting.

Improved Knowledge and Skillset

A strong conference program filled with influential keynote speakers, diverse workshops, inspiring presentations and alternative perspectives would be of pivotal value to your own skillset. Learning from experts via pioneering talks, you can share best practice to help your industry function better.

The rewarding challenge of hosting a conference affords you the rare opportunity to hone your organisation, management and communication skills beyond those used in your day-to-day role.

In addition, you are provided with the perfect opportunity in which to share your research and test your findings in front of an invested, knowledgeable audience beyond the confines of your own organisation who could advance, challenge and focus your future research activity.

Boost your Research Impact

Hosting a conference is a great opportunity to raise your profile and promote your findings through showcasing your research to others in your field, related sectors and the public.

Being the host of a conference provides you the enviable and exciting chance to be involved in the creation of a conference itinerary, enabling you to take a first look at papers whilst they are in their infancy – your event could help to shape the future direction of your field.

Career Development

Organising a conference is a great thing to have on your CV. It could cement and enhance your reputation as a primary voice and mind in the shaping of the research in your field amongst your peers and the wider industry.

Furthermore, you can progress your own findings through discussions and learning from other experts with years of experience – an integral tool for your own future projects.

Financial

Hosting a conference holds some fantastic long-term benefits for your organisation. It would help to raise your organisations profile, which in turn awards greater credibility to research grant applications. A conference can also be used to scope out future funding opportunities for research projects.

The revenue generated by a conference can be used to fund future activities and research undertaken by your organisation.

If you would like to host a conference at Swansea University or want to find out more about how hosting a conference could benefit you please contact us