(Pictured above:Dr. Sandro Carnicelli, University of the West of Scotland and ABPCO Executive Board member.)

ABPCO is incentivizing university students to complete research, projects and dissertations relevant to the association and not-for-profit conference management sector.  Dissertations and projects submitted in accordance with guidelines identified by ABPCO will be awarded £100, or about $122.

Once the dissertations and projects have been submitted and independently reviewed a further £200 prize will be awarded to one individual for creating a dissertation-project that balances the highest standard of writing and research with relevance to ABPCO and its membership. The winner will have the opportunity to present their work at the ABPCO Excellence Awards.

“ABPCO are continually working with universities to identify opportunities for closer partnerships as well as activities that will ensure students fully appreciate the size and impact of the association event sector,” says Dr. Sandro Carnicelli, University of the West of Scotland and ABPCO Executive Board member. “This initiative will deliver significant value for the students, universities and ABPCO as they come together to develop and share knowledge for the benefit of all. In particular, the students have a chance to showcase their knowledge to the wider industry, whilst ABPCO members can review and make the most of their academic research, insight and conclusions.”

The guidelines for the dissertations/projects include the following:

  • The topics of the dissertation/project should be submitted to and approved by the ABPCO Executive Board by Oct. 18.
  • A maximum of three submissions related to the association and not-for-profit sector, graded over 67 percent may be submitted by each institution.
  • The submitting institution must be a current University Department Member of ABPCO.
  • Each dissertation/project is judged by an independent panel created by the ABPCO Executive Committee.
  • Judges will review the relevance of the topic to ABPCO as well as the overall quality of the work.
  • Dissertations/projects graded 67 percent or above will be awarded £100.
  • The best dissertation/project according to the ABPCO Executive committee judging panel will be awarded £200 and given the opportunity to showcase their research at the ABPCO Excellence Awards in 2020 (travel and subsistence expenses will be covered).

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, (ABPCO) is the UK’s leading professional body for association conference and not-for-profit event organization. For 30 years ABPCO focused on excellence and have helped to facilitate conversations, knowledge sharing and collaboration between ABPCO members, and these conversations lead to innovations, learning, new opportunities, lasting working relationships and professionalization. For more info, visit www.abpco.org.

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