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Registrations are now open for this year’s ACA Annual Conference, to be held in the beautiful city of Budapest on 21 and 22 November. Bearing the title UniverCities - Higher education institutions and their ‘habitat’, the event will explore the relationship between universities and colleges and the cities, towns and regions where they are located. The conference is expected to draw an audience of some 300 participants, including central actors and decision-makers from universities and colleges as well as policy-makers and practitioners from government departments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, municipalities, enterprises and think tanks. As always, we are striving to offer high-quality information, analysis and discussion.
The theme of the conference is being hotly debated these days. Which ‘habitat’ do higher education institutions and the knowledge industries require, where do they thrive?
The ACA Annual Conference 2016 will address different ‘habitats’ – big cities, small towns and remote and challenged regions. In doing so, it will not only explore the relationship between higher education institutions and municipalities, but also of university-enterprise interaction and cooperation between academic institutions and civil society actors in their city, town or region.
Speakers at the conference will be higher education researchers and representatives, but also business representatives and civil society actors. The conference will feature a mix of plenary and parallel sessions. In addition, there will be three interactive parallel sessions which will be repeated once, allowing participants to attend two such dynamic sessions instead of only one.
The ACA Annual Conference 2016 on 21 and 22 November, is to be preceded by a social programme and opening reception in the afternoon and evening of 20 November. The programme also includes the by now legendary conference dinner.