Forthcoming Event

ACE:  Arts Council England's Chief Executive Alan Davey will be answering your questions in their next online live chat at 12 noon on Wednesday 28 November.
 
To take part, visit their website on the morning of the event itself where they will post a link to the chatroom & a link to their live blog for those who want to observe only. You can submit questions in advance now via our Facebook page and Twitter using the #ACElivechat hashtag, or by emailing web@artscouncil.org.uk.
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GPS: Local government commissioning and the wider public sector procurement marketplace continue to change & evolve at a pace which is only likely to increase.  The LGPN Learning Showcase 2012 (22 November 2012), is supported by Government Procurement Service, and will provide you with a valuable insight into how other organisations overcome challenges & implement innovative strategies to deliver efficient & robust solutions.
 
Through case study learning, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with real-life procurement initiatives and actively discuss each case in order to take back actions which can be adopted throughout your own organisation.
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SocitmSocitm has launched a new GIS and location practice area for Scotland - Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Book now for this FREE session.
 
Hidden Efficiencies in existing GIS assets & data means that further efficiency savings & service improvements can be made in most local authorities. Efficiencies & service improvement can be realised by:
* moving existing mapping services to the web & mobile delivery as part of a channel shift strategy
*rationalising the number of desktop software licences as a consequence
*using existing software to streamline back office operations in functions as diverse as transport & the corporate office
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GPSPrint Services Efficiency Forum - 6 December 2012 - - Government Procurement Service is working alongside YPO and ESPO with a common purpose to help drive efficiency savings for print services in the public sector. By utilising an existing Government Procurement Service national framework, organisations can access numerous options with a range of suppliers, helping you achieve a number of benefits.
 
Join us on Thursday 6 December 2012 to network with our category team, customers and suppliers on the framework. The day will provide an opportunity to exchange best practice and discover ways in which we can all achieve further efficiency savings through collaboration. Register for this FREE event, or email for more information.
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FSA: The Food Standards Agency is holding a conference on foodborne viruses and they are particularly interested to hear from individuals who have expertise in norovirus or foodborne viruses and can contribute to the 2-day event.  The conference will be held in London on 15-16 January 2013.  Closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm Wednesday 21 November 2012.
 
The conference will focus mainly on norovirus research, but will also consider other possible foodborne viruses such as Hepatitis E and Hepatitis A.  The purpose of this conference is to increase our understanding of these viruses in the foodchain and to identify the research priorities that need to be addressed by the FSA or in partnership with industry/others funders to underpin measures to control them in the food chain.
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EHDisability History: Voices and Sources - A one day conference jointly organised by London Metropolitan Archives and English Heritage from 10.00 am - 4.30 pm on Friday 22nd March 2013.
 
Archives and historic buildings offer important resources for uncovering the histories of disabled people.  Come & share experiences with a range of research projects.  Discuss ways in which disabled people are documenting their own histories.
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ACE: On Friday 23 November 2012, museums across England are handing over control to children as part of Takeover Day.  Directors, curators, web designers, caterers and front of house staff will all be replaced by children as part of the event, orchestrated by independent charity Kids in Museums and the Children's Commissioner's initiative, to give young people the chance to experience a meaningful role within museums.
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