Many of you lucky people are still enjoying summer holidays, but there is little rest for the conference committee. We’ve rolled up our sleeves to pick up where we left off for the Christmas break, and our programming, volunteer, keynote and sponsorship subcommittees are already hard at work.

The deadline of 6 February for Early Bird registration is inching ever closer, and we’re pleased to announce that the program is now available.

Please note that this is a ‘skeleton’ program only, and that it’s subject to change. Acceptances from presenters, due on 20 January, must be received before we can commence the challenge of slotting presentations, panels and symposia into the available concurrent session times.

The good news is that we have confirmed:

  • Four distinguished keynote speakers – Sue Butler, Michael Williams, Penny Modra and Katherine Bode
  • A progress update on the seventh edition of the Australian Government Style Manual, by Libby Varcoe, Head of Content, Digital Transformation Agency.
  • A presentation on recent changes to copyright legislation – in particular, fair dealing – by Grant McAvaney, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Copyright Council.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details of the Super Book Clubs; lunchtime Guided Poster Presentations, exhibitions and book sales/launches; Gala Dinner speaker, award presentations, entertainment and more.

What are you waiting for?

There’s no better time to register for this year’s conference. If you’re waiting to see the final program before you decide to register, bear in mind that the detailed program is unlikely to be available before Early Bird registration closes and, even then, the detailed program will be provisional and subject to change without prior notice. The former as explained above, and the latter because life is like that: unpredictable. People get sick, family/caring and other responsibilities have to be prioritised, and so on.

There is always an element of risk in registering to attend a conference – delegates often pay thousands of dollars in advance for registration, travel and accommodation with no guarantee that their expectations for that conference will be met. But the risks can be weighed against the considerable benefits of advance registration and bookings, especially:

  • Cost savings accrued by taking advantage of early bird rates and pouncing on sales for airfares and accommodation as they are announced
  • The ability to purchase flights and accommodation to suit your taste and budget, rather than having to take what’s left at the last minute
  • Being able to plan your work schedule and other commitments without having this possibility ‘hanging’ over you or finding later that you can’t attend because your diary is full
  • The sheer peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re registered and all bookings are confirmed
  • The conference’s track record – this is IPEd’s ninth national conference, so it’s hardly an unknown quantity.

Picture this: a handful of IPEd members signed up and paid in full for the conference within hours of registration opening in September 2018. Several more followed suit within the week. Remember, we were still in very much in the early days of planning! It’s heart-warming and we really appreciate the confidence these members have shown in us. We hope that you, too, will put your trust in the conference committee, IPEd and all the volunteers who are working so hard to make this conference the best, ever.

Workshops

If you’ve been thinking about registering for the Mastering Macros workshop, I’m afraid you’re too late – it’s fully booked. If you’re desperately keen you can sign up to a waiting list, in case there are any cancellations, but we can’t promise that you will get a spot. Places are available in five other workshops being offered on the day, including a free legal clinic for participants in the workshop on Contracts, Copyright, Insurance and Payment: Legal issues for professional editors, by the Arts Law Centre.

Workshop registrations will close at 4pm on Thursday 28 February 2019. Don’t hesitate: book today!

Renée Otmar, Conference Convenor, and the Conference Organising Committee

Lead image: By William Murphy from Dublin, Ireland – Where’s Wally World Record (where you there?), CC BY-SA 2.0, Link