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Wisdom from international specialists gives boost to Scotland’s event professionals

An Edinburgh university is to stage a unique event which will bring together University and College students with some of the world’s elite event managers.

The event, which is organised by Queen Margaret University’s International Centre for the Study of Planned Events in partnership with Jewel & Esk College and 2kt+, is offering an unprecedented opportunity for Scotland’s event professionals and students to learn from the world’s most distinguished event planners. A powerhouse of event industry professionals will include the former casting manager from Walt Disney Wor ld, as well as senior officials from Microsoft, The Commonwealth Games and Events Scotland.

One of the world’s leading event gurus, Professor Joe Goldblatt, Director of the Centre for Planned Events at Queen Margaret University, will take the opportunity to present the first ever award for international research in planned events. Professor Donald Getz, a world renowned events management specialist from the University of Queensland, will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award. This will be the first time in Scotland, that a University has honoured anyone for distinguished research in the field of planned event. The award, which will become known as ‘The Donald Getz Award,’ will then be presented every two years to a leading researcher in the field of events management.

Professor Joe Goldblatt from Queen Margaret University explained:”Never before has there been such an outstanding opportunity for Scottish professionals and students to access event industry experts who are working on the UK’s most current and ambitious international events such as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. Students from Queen Margaret University and Jewel & Esk College will be able to learn from top Scottish and International professionals right here in Edinburgh – removing the need for expensive international conferences. This move clearly demonstrates the University’s commitment to equipping event management students with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to raise standards when they enter the event industry.”

Described by Professor Goldblatt, as an “unmissable event” for anyone serious about career development in the industry, the conference is billed as one of the most exciting training opportunities in the Scottish event industry calendar, and is open to event planners and students across the UK.

Professor Goldblatt continued:”We are honoured that the outstanding international academic, Donald Getz, will accept our lifetime achievement award. The Donald Getz award will go on to encourage the production of high quality research which can only have a positive impact on the wider events industry.”

The conference will take place at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh on the 28 th and 29 th October.  To book a place contact the Conference Coordinator Yu-Chieh Cheng on Email:

The Conference  is hosted by the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events ,  supported by the School of Business, Enterprise and Management and managed by Queen Margaret University.


Notes for Editors

1. Speakers at the International Centre for Planned Events Conference :

·       D avid Grevemberg, Chief Operating Officer from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

·        Paul Bush, OBE, Chief Executive of EventScotland

·        Robert McDowell, Vice President for Information Worker Business Value at Microsoft Corp.

·        Gene Columbus ( former casting manager from Walt Disney Wor ld) author of "The Complete Guide to Careers in Special Events" (Wiley, 2010).

Fifteen planned event industry employers will exhibit their organisations during a networking session.

2. Programme:

28 October 2010 9.00am - 3.30pm ,

Award ‘Planned Events Lifetime Achievement’ to Dr Getz and Inaugural Address by Dr Getz.  The Perfect Stage for Planned Events , Paul Bush OBE , Chief Operating Officer, EventScotland.  Forces and Trends in Technology for Planned Events , Robert L McDowell , Senior VP Microsoft. (Industry and Higher Education students).

29 October 2010 9.00am - 3.30pm ,

Event Studies: Future Trends and Forces in Education and Research, Donald Getz PhD .  Gene Columbus , author of The Complete Guide to Careers in Special Events.  Become Part of Scotland’s Larges Sports Event, David Grevemberg , Chief Operating Officer Glasgow 2014: 17 sports, 11 days, 1 host city and 1,000s of Event Management Opportunities. (Industry and Further Education students).

30 October 2010 9.00am - 2.00pm , The First Donald Getz Golf Tournament.




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