Conferencing & Events blog Hello Spring

Hooray, the longer spring days are upon us and we’re finally seeing some sun! We don’t know about you but we feel that this first quarter of 2022 has flown past! We’ve been busy welcoming delegates old and new to the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) which has been fantastic!

As well as giving a very warm welcome back to our internal clients and partners such as the team at Fraunhofer, CMAC, the Advanced Nuclear Research Centre (ANRC), the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) amongst many others from across the campus, we’ve also been delighted to re-engage with our colleagues from organisations such as FutureScot, FinTech Scotland, IBioIC, Technology Scotland and Scottish Renewables.

The conference panel and audience in the Technology and Innovation Centre's auditorium

Despite an ever-changing events landscape over the last few months, we’ve worked hard to deliver the seamless events experience that we’re known for. With a new menu selector introduced at the start of the year, as well as updated audio-visual capabilities throughout our facilities, including a very fancy new video wall in Level 9, delegates have been able to enjoy an enhanced experience in the venue, connecting with remote speakers and delegates across the globe. With COVID restrictions at a minimum for now, hopefully we’ll all experience less change and uncertainty over the summer and beyond, with face-to-face events continuing to increase throughout 2022.

Graduates, academics and guests attend a ceremony at the Barony Hall

March saw the wider Conferencing and Events team embark on the mammoth task of arranging 22 graduation ceremonies over 11 days for over 4,000 students who had graduated in-absentia due to COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021. It was wonderful to welcome back the students and their loved ones for very special celebrations, which were made all the more enjoyable by the appearance of the lovely spring sunshine. This meant that celebratory drinks could be enjoyed on the sparkly new Professor Jackie Kay Plaza which was named in recognition of the award-winning poet and author who, in 2016, was appointed the new Scots Makar.

The rest of the year is already shaping up nicely with the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) and the Office of National Statistics joining us in May for the ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement, along with Scottish Renewables for this year’s Low-Carbon Heat Conference in June followed by our colleagues in Humanities and Social Sciences who will be visiting us in August for the European Early Childhood Research Association 2022 Conference.

We’ll also be kept on our toes with the first annual Glasgow Tech Fest on 26th April and the arrival of delegates for IBioIC’s 8th Annual Conference and the 12th SERVSIG Conference, both in June.

Campus gardens in spring bloom

Fortunately, we enjoyed putting our feet up and enjoyed some chocolate over the long weekend so we’re more than ready to get back to what we do best – bringing people together for memorable experiences which are even more special after the last two years! If you’re keen to find out more about how we can support you to bring an event to Glasgow or TIC, then we’d love to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!