We are about to enter what could be described as the ‘busy season’, in terms of the volume of shows, conferences and seminars over the next few months. I have just booked the CAS plot at APF 2014, where I will have the joys of erecting the marquee (this is the only event I attend for CAS where no trade stand facilities are provided). I am also about to reserve the plot for the ARB Show, which promises to be a far more friendly and familiar scene.
Next week, I head up to Birmingham for the TPBE2 conference. This promises to be an amazing occasion. It seems to be fully booked, with more than 400 delegates attending. I had hoped to be able to attend back in 2011, but it was organised for the same week as Capel Manor’s Celebration of Trees, where I was organising a seminar. This is going to be a full-on event; three parallel seminars so delegates can choose which speakers they wish to hear, a formal dinner on Wednesday night with guest speaker Clive Anderson and a trade exhibition. Guess who’s trying to do all three?
I plan to review the seminars, so hope to get plenty of material for the CAS on-line magazine. That’s April. May sees CASTECH at Capel Manor, two days of excellent technical seminars with Dr. Glynn Percival, Keith Sacre and Dr. Jon Heuch speaking, and the opportunity for delegates to gain 6 units of CPD. All for just £50 plus VAT.
June offers the ARB show, and someone else being responsible for organising the event, with a marquee provided. July sees me off to Edinburgh for Expert’s Question Time 2, with Jeremy Barrell and Dr. David Lonsdale. For this prestigious event, we have the lecture theatre at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens as the venue. This should be a first rate day.
Then I can take a breather……