UHEI Birmingham 2017

14-15 November 2017 – University of Birmingham

Further to the success of last year’s inaugural Universities & Healthcare Estates and Innovation event in Birmingham and in response to the feedback we received from that event, we are pleased to announce UHEI Birmingham 2017 which will be held on 14-15 November 2017 at the University of Birmingham.

UHEI Birmingham is a two-day event to allow for more in-depth coverage of the conference topics.

Universities & Healthcare Estates and Innovation is a unique conference and exhibition that addresses some of the key issues facing the University and Healthcare sectors. The conference addresses each issue from a University perspective, and then from a Healthcare perspective – allowing delegates to gain insight into both areas. We work in partnership with the further education and healthcare sectors to develop a compelling agenda and a unique forum that brings together the Estate Directors of the NHS & Universities to encourage the sharing of best-practice.

The conference is supported by an exhibition featuring the leading providers to both sectors. Exhibitors, Sponsors and Supporters.

The Conference programme will be confirmed shortly and will cover topics like

  • Brexit – Thoughts on the impact on the HE Estate,
  • Brexit – Thoughts on the impact on the NHS Estate,
  • Property management in HE,
  • Property management in NHS,
  • Emergency Preparedness HE
  • Emergency Preparedness NHS
  • Commercialising the Estate – HE
  • Commercialising the Estate – NHS
  • Succession Planning & Developing Capacity – Building the Estates Team – HE
  • Succession Planning & Developing Capacity – Building the Estates Team – NHS
  • Compliance – the Challenge of Managing Older Buildings in HE
  • Compliance – the Challenge of Managing Older Buildings in the NHS
  • Sustainability HE
  • Sustainability NHS

For more information about sponsoring or visiting the UHEI event on the 14th or 15th Nov being held at the University of Birmingham please email info@ascentevents.co.uk or call us on 01892 530027.


Energy Minister to address Britain’s biggest energy challenge at 2016 Heat Conference

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy, will address Britain’s biggest energy challenge at the forthcoming Heat Conference.

Heat accounts for almost one half of UK energy costs and the cost of heat continues to rise. Britain faces an urgent challenge in transforming how homes, offices and industry are heated; in its recent report Next Steps for UK Heat Policy, the Committee on Climate Change put it simply: “deployment of low carbon heat cannot wait until the 2030s”.

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Energy Institute (EI) will place the challenge of heat centre stage at the 2016 Heat Conference, to be held in Central London on Wednesday 23 November.

This year’s conference explores how the ambition for global change, as set out in the Paris Agreement, can be transformed into local action. We will look at real life examples of user led change, examine the policymaking process and find out how technology and data innovations can help to enable the heat transition.

Alongside Baroness Neville-Rolfe, confirmed speakers include:

  • Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Martin Crouch, Senior Partner: Improving Regulation, Ofgem
  • Sue Daley, Head of Programme for Big Data, Cloud and Mobile, TechUK
  • Dan Osgood, Director for Heat and Business Energy, BEIS
  • Michael Pawlyn, Director, Exploration Architecture and noted TED speaker
  • Wilfred Petrie, Chief Executive Officer, Engie UK and Ireland
  • Laura Sandys, Founder, POWERful Women
  • Frauke Thies, Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition

You can book online at http://www.heatconference.co.uk/index.php/booknow. Significant discounts are available for public sector organisations, academics, charities and SMEs. The last two heat conferences have sold out, so we recommend booking early to confirm your place.

Heat 2016 is sponsored by Engie, and is essential if you are interested in:

  • Our energy economy against an uncertain political landscape
  • Engaging users of heat with controls and management
  • The role of heat in supporting a competitive and innovative industrial sector
  • The future of district heating networks
  • The transformational potential of new technologies and data

Find out more at www.heatconference.co.uk.


Inspiration is key theme at CIBSE Conference

Performance, Inspiration and Aspiration are the keywords behind the 2016 Building Performance Conference and Exhibition, organised by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as it officially launches this year’s programme.

Following on from CIBSE President John Field’s promise to inspire engineers to ‘talk the talk’ and fight for their place at the heart of modern life, this Conference will bring together over 40 expert speakers to showcase the latest thought on building performance and help engineers deliver and maintain high performing buildings.

The Conference, due to be held on 17 and 18 November at the QEII Centre in Westminster, is a chance for engaged industry professionals from the built environment sector to meet, learn and debate the critical issues facing the industry, from health and wellbeing issues to maintenance and operational performance. It is already proving to be a popular event, having attracted the highest number of pre-registrations to date.

A series of leading speakers will tackle these issues, offering employable solutions in their addresses; including Outlook for Building Performance, Digital Engineering & Building Services, Achieving Performance In Use, Air Quality: Impact on Health & Wellbeing. Collaboration for Better Performance, Refurb + Retrofit, and Innovation in Buildings.

John Field, President of CIBSE and Chair of day two, said: “Engineers are at the centre of everyday life, we make the modern world work in obvious and not-so-obvious ways, and it’s in our power to help make the world a better place in many areas, from tackling climate change to improving how people live.

“The CIBSE Conference is an ideal time to get together and be inspired by what we have achieved, and what we can achieve in the future. Using what we learn in these sessions, we can take big ideas to business, the media and politicians and help shape the future of the UK, and make it a beacon for excellence in building performance for years to come.”

In the Conference programme, sessions include: ‘Are you ready for a digital future?’, ‘Build to Perform: Realising the commercial drivers and opportunities in high performing buildings, What the world could look like if all buildings achieved best engineering outcomes, Facilitating collaboration for optimum performance from teams and buildings, and High rise buildings on the up: What do the building services look like?

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is hosting the Building Performance Conference and Exhibition at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre in Westminster on 17-18 November 2016. Attendees will be able to meet and network with over 300 like-minded professionals, clients and suppliers from around the world.

Book now at www.cibse.org/conference



Meet the Future at Central Hall this June

An important date for any Events organisation, this year’s ‘Meet the Future’ conference: Event Technology Challenged will take place on 9th June at Central Hall, London. A leader in driving the future debate of event technology, the ‘Meet the Future’ event series encourages peers to share both ideas and available resources as a way of staying ahead in a constantly evolving industry.

With White Light acting as one of this year’s sponsors, the conference will allow (for one of the first times) senior event buyers to experience event technology by placing them in the role of the delegates who they would normally be organising events for. The aim is to show attendees how new event technology can improve their own events by learning from real-time use cases.

The conference will be delivered in two parts. In the morning sessions, attendees will be given ‘hands-on’ demonstrations of cutting edge technology, gaining an insight into how it may be utilised by delegates at future events. The afternoon sessions will focus on live demonstrations of the real-time data collected by key technology in the morning, giving organisers a unique insight into the backend use and benefits with relevant case studies.

The conference will also feature three keynote presentations from professionals working throughout the field of events technology. Renowned neuroscientist, Dr Beau Lotto will be discussing his work on Neuro Design, a process for designing communications which allow businesses to connect with customers on a neurological level. Dr Lotto presented at WIRED 2013, has given two TED talks and has been invited to speak at one of Google’s Zeitgeist events, using illusions, games and interaction to engage his audience.

The second keynote will be delivered by Corbin Ball. Recently named as one of ‘The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry’ by Successful Meetings magazine, Corbin is an international consultant and writer who has 20 years experience of running international technology meetings and helping clients worldwide use technology to improve their own productivity.

The third and final keynote will be delivered by BBC technology journalist Kate Russell, who currently appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. Russell has been writing and speaking about technology, gaming and the internet since 1995, speaking regularly at technology events and conferences, inspiring the next generation of technologists.

Maria Schuett, Marketing Manager at Central Hall and Meet The Future event organiser, comments: “Last year’s conference was a great success and our 2015 event is set to be bigger, more interactive and creatively challenging the norm. We have fantastic keynote speakers confirmed and the breadth of technology that is already in place is very exciting, not to mention our lead sponsors White Light, who will be going beyond the realms of traditional conference AV technology to create a fully immersive conference experience and creative hospitality solutions delivered by Kudos catering.

Maria further adds: “We feel it is important to go further than just demonstrating new technology – we’re going to devote the second half of the day to exploring the benefits of event technology from the organiser’s viewpoint in order to provide a picture of the whole process. Registration is still open, although places are very limited – so get in quick!”

Richard Wilson, Business Development Director, states: “We are extremely proud to be part of this event. It is the largest event we have delivered yet at Central Hall Westminster and it will also provide us with a great opportunity to showcase our new technology”.

For those wishing to register for the conference, there is the option of either attending the morning talks and workshops, or registering for the whole day experience. The registration page is available here: www.c-h-w.com/future.