Easter Conference Season

MEETinLEEDS had a busy Easter period with multiple conferences

MEETinLEEDS, the award-winning conference and events team at The University of Leeds, started the busy Easter conferencing period with a wide selection of prestigious and reputable conferences taking place at the venue in the heart of Leeds.

Welcoming over 500 international delegates from around the world, the annual Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) conference attracted visitors from the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Belgium and many more, who all attended an educational event on the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies. Previously held at the University of Bristol, Newcastle University and University of Lancaster, this was the conference’s first visit to the city of Leeds. Formatted with a variety of workshops and plenary sessions, the SLSA conference also included an inspirational art tour, an owl tour around the city of Leeds, and a Gala dinner in the prestigious Refectory.

Alongside the SLSA conference, that same weekend saw the Contemporary Africas Creative Africas conference, which offered delegates an insight into the conceptual and methodological advances in African studies at the welcoming Stage@Leeds and School of English venues. As the first of its kind, the conference attracted over 70 delegates, and offered a variety of plenary and parallel sessions, as well as two keynote speakers including Sylvia Tamale, Professor in Law at Makerere University and Deborah Posel, Professor of Sociology at the Institute for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA), University of Cape Town.

Visiting Leeds for the first time in 20 years, MEETinLEEDS also facilitated the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) during the pre-Easter period. The conference, which followed the theme of ‘Innovation, Exploration and Transformation’, took into account the varied interests and approaches within the EAP community through innovative practices. The conference sits in line with the university’s internationalisation strategy, pushing excellence in teaching and an increased focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Over the Easter conference season, we welcomed over 3,500 visitors to campus.

MEETinLEEDS also supported other conferences within the city that included the BLCS Conference with Business School and due to support the White Rose Summer Conference with the Faculty of Education, Social Science & Law.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales & Marketing Manager from MEETinLEEDS, commented:

“Over the Easter conference season, we welcomed over 3,500 visitors to campus.

“This not only gave us an opportunity to showcase our fantastic facilities here at the University of Leeds, but also to work alongside our faculties and services in welcoming colleagues from across the world to discuss and debate key research and promote collaboration.

“We look forward to hearing about the legacies created from the conference activity, and building on the relationships we celebrate with our academic and service teams.”