MEETinLEEDS are delighted to have hosted the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges’ (EAUC) Annual Conference this year. From March 24th – 25th 2015, 300 delegates came together on Campus under the theme of “challenging connections” in order to learn more about the how sustainability can be considered in all connections of tertiary education.
In addition to keynote speakers, the event encompassed a series of informative workshops and exhibitions for delegates. Three venues were chosen by the organising team to cater to EAUC’s event needs: The spacious 1800sqm interlinked Exhibition Halls, the adjacent Conference Auditorium and the Roger Stevens Building. Not only are the Auditorium and Roger Stevens Building purpose built for lectures and therefore ideally equipped for talks and meetings, but all three venues are in close proximity to each other. This made movement between the exhibition and workshops easy for delegates.
Another venue delegates frequented was the University’s Refectory, where a specially tailored menu designed by our in-house chefs from Great Food at Leeds was served at the conference gala dinner. Highlighting ethically sourced and local produce, this menu reflects the University’s dedication to sustainable conferences down to the last bite and was awarded the Gold Standard Catering Mark by the Soil Association.
Jessica Martin, from the University’s Sustainability Team, was pleased to see all the work that had gone into managing the event: “As a delegate, it was great to see that sustainability had been embedded throughout the organisation of the conference; from the locally sourced and seasonal menu to the introduction of an App to discourage too many paper programmes. There were sustainable suppliers encouraging delegates to think about the credentials of their own organisations, and Leeds provided the perfect setting to critically engage with sustainability issues across the sector”.
Through carefully considering the EAUC’s needs and sharing each other’s values, the MEETinLEEDS Events Team are proud to have delivered this conference successfully.
Harriet Boatwright, MEETinLEEDS Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “It was great to be a key facilitator in the delivery of such a successful conference. It’s really important to us to deliver a great experience for both the organisers and the delegates and based on the feedback we received we seem to have ticked all the right boxes. However, conferencing for us is not two dimensional; we also learned a lot, and shared stories and experiences with both the organisers and also the exhibitors and delegates alike. We are even talking now to some of the exhibitors on how we, as a University conference service, can be more sustainable in our activities”.
If you would like to find out more about holding a sustainable conference at the University of Leeds please contact our team and we’ll be pleased to help.