The Value of Events and Events Education

The call for papers is now open to submit research-led or conceptual paper presentations, related to the broad categories below. Poster presentations are welcome from doctoral students.

THEME: The Value of Events and Events Education

20:20 Reflecting on the past and shaping the future. 

We invite conceptual or empirical papers on the conference theme, and particularly encourage work that reflects upon the last 20 years of events education or looks forward to the next 20 years.  The aim of the forum is to encourage open discussions about the evolution of events higher education and how we can respond to the changing environment of events education and the industry.   

We therefore welcome papers that reflect upon the development of events education or consider the future of events and events education, and how to shape the next 20 years.  

Events education is a wide and diverse discipline, and our forum will reflect this. So, we invite colleagues from events, or other fields, to contribute conceptual or research-based papers on a range of topics related to events education and events management. 

Events education topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Benefits of an events education 
  • Business 5.0 or 4IR and events / events education 
  • Digital / technology-based advances and their application to events education 
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in events education 
  • Evolution and / or future of events education 
  • Experiential learning  
  • Future proofing the events curriculum – building resilience in 
  • Global perspectives in events education  
  • Industry collaborations & partnerships 
  • Innovative approaches to events education pedagogy – theory and practice  
  • Politics and events education 
  • Preparing students for work – successful & professional events graduates  
  • Responsiveness of events education to industry evolution
  • Student wellbeing and mental health  
  • Working in events higher education  
  • Open track 

Events management topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Bleisure  
  • Crowd management  
  • Destination events 
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Events and festival audiences 
  • Event experiences and design 
  • Events and tourism 
  • Event leadership and professional development 
  • Evolution and / or future of the events industry 
  • Marketing, media and consumer behaviour 
  • Politics and events 
  • Responsible events management 
  • Safety and security at events 
  • Social impacts of events and festivals 
  • Technological and digital innovations 
  • Wellbeing and mental health 
  • Open track 

We anticipate presentations of 20 minutes, Q and A opportunities and other formats. To submit your presentation or poster proposal please send 350 to 500 words (excluding references) using the contact form, or email to: 

  • Deadline extended: Friday 22nd March 2024. 
  • Submissions should include the focus of the presentation and a clear summary of the issues that will be explored, and why they matter to event educators. 
  • Research paper submissions should include the purpose of the research, methods used and key / expected findings.  
  • Education-related submissions should include the focus of the presentation and a clear summary of the issues that will be explored.  
  • Papers will be reviewed by a scientific panel, members of the panel to be confirmed shortly.

With thanks from the organising committee 

Dr. Emma Abson, Charlotte Rowley, Dr. Katrin Stefansdottir, Jane Tattersall, Caroline Westwood