About Society Street

Society Street runs in-person and online conferences and events to bring together senior – and future –  leaders of learned societies for discussion, debate, networking, and information exchange, that is uniquely focussed on the whole organisation. 

Society Street fosters building relationships with your peers through stimulating conversation, with discussions that explore challenges more deeply, and an agenda that poses the difficult questions we all need to find answers to.

Thanks to the continued support of our sponsors, it is free to attend Society Street online events. All online sessions are recorded and can be viewed on demand. You can view all sessions from our March 2020 event, and past sessions of our 2020 webinar series, and you can sign up to be alerted about new events.

Coming up

Wednesday 25th November

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM GMT


Helena Wilkinson,
Partner and Head of Charities at Price Bailey

Surviving in a Financial Downturn:
Small Workshops & Discussion Groups

Places are limited for this discussion and workshops, which together provide an opportunity for UK and European society leaders to meet and discuss the challenging issues they are all facing today.

We will kick-off with a discussion on the current landscape led by Helena Wilkinson answering questions from delegates, and will then break out into small workshops of no more than 10 delegates each to explore some of the issues raised in the discussion. 


The workshops aim to foster the kinds of discussion and networking that Society Street is known for: come and share ideas with your colleagues and peers who are facing similar challenges. 

Groups will be asked to abide by rules of confidentiality, and attendees will be expected to be active participants. We will encourage attendees to use their webcams, as well as headsets with mics.

The session will cover not only financial strategies, but also how to plan for a future in uncertain times. We will cover cost-cutting, human resource issues, new revenue opportunities, membership recruitment, and topics brought by our attendees.

Thanks to our sponsors, places are free, but limited – and only available to staff from Learned and Professional Societies. The Society Street team will assign a break-out group to registrants. If the discussion groups are over-subscribed, we may have to limit registrants.

All groups will reconvene to gather main findings and thoughts, and to create the agenda together for Society Street 2021.



Wednesday 25th November

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM GMT


Tobey Jackson,
Event Program Executive for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sarah Stannage,
Executive Director of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Gemma Prunner-Thomas,
General Manager, European Economic Association
Conferences and Meetings: Has the Pandemic Been the Mother of Invention?

Chair: Sam Burrell
Speakers: Tobey Jackson, Sarah Stannage & Gemma Prunner-Thomas

Join us in a session exploring our experiences of running annual meetings online this year, reflecting on what worked well and what worked less well, and how these experiences will inform meetings design and strategy going forwards.

Tobey Jackson, from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), will share with us what AIAA did – and how that is shaping their thinking about what they do going forwards (sneak preview: there are some things that were better online that they will continue to do!). Find out more about what they did here: https://www.boscobel.com/how-to-do-a-virtual-conference-right-heres-what-aiaa-did/

Sarah Stannage, from the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), will be fresh from the IIC event which runs in the first week in November – and is a truly international, several-day event which will be a hub-and-spoke event: it has more attendees signed up than they have ever had before. She will talk about how they began to address issues like addressing the digital divide, time zones, and simply managing vast amounts of content.

Gemma Prunner-Thomas, from the European Economic Association, who, when planning for a pivoted online conference for August 2020 went back to first principles to design their event, and when she couldn’t find a platform that did what was needed, took the plunge and invented one.

This session is longer than our normal webinars because we know that there will be many questions from the audience and lively chat!

Society Street Events will take a break in December, and will reconvene in 2021.

What would you like to hear about in 2021? Propose a topic for the next series of webinars: what would like to see us cover? Or, feel free to suggest a speaker for 2021. Get in touch with us directly: contact@societystreet.org or DM us on Twitter (@Society_Street), or sign up to hear more about our events.