Society Street 2020

What you can expect from Society Street 2020:

We are looking forward to exploring how embracing the mission can help societies become stronger organisations, fit for today and tomorrow. 

Delegates from previous Society Street conferences have valued the way the day supports networking and fosters discussion, and is something we put in the center of how we shape the day.

We will be announcing speakers for each of the sessions when we have all of them in place – so sign up for updates to be notified as the programme develops. Here is a flavor of what we are planning:

  • Thoughts from early careerists on what they would love their society to be doing
  • Facilitated discussion tables with early careerists addressing key challenges for societies
  • Networking opportunities during breaks
  • Panel discussions: challenges and opportunities of global and/or local
  • Conversation tables at lunchtime to continue to explore topics with peers and colleagues
  • Parallel tracks on current challenges for society activities: publishing, meetings, membership and advocacy
  • Keynote: Managing change in a traditional society: how do we get from where we are now to where we need to be?
Who should attend?
Society Street is a conference for today’s and tomorrow’s society leaders.

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration, networking & refreshments

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome and Context Setting

Simon Inger, Society Street Conference Chair

9:10 AM - 10:20 AM

Who is your community?

Chair: Sam Burrell, Society Street Programme Chair


This session will start with three speakers who are society members (or potential members) covering a spectrum of needs from the early careerist onwards, including practitioners and researchers.

This will be followed by a fireside chat and conversation: starting with the speakers, and then opening up to the floor.

Discussion groups

At the end of this session, we will break into discussion groups to look at what societies could do more of / better / differently to ensure they stay relevant to their membership - both current and future. 

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

Feedback from discussion groups

After coffee, we will reconvene as a group and share the findings and ideas from each discussion group

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Where is your community? (Global / Local)

What does it mean to be a convener of a community in an environment where we are trying to reduce to global travel footprint?

This session will include a panel of four society leaders who will consider what Global / Local means to the different activities of their societies. Each will present for 10 minutes on what their societies have done / are planning on doing / conundrums they face across the society activities (membership, meetings, education, professional development, publishing).

This will be followed by whole room discussion.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch, exhibition, networking and conversation tables

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Parallels - The Practicalities

How do we embrace our mission through these practical activities?

Each of these sessions will have 3 or 4 panelists who will look at fresh thinking on how societies can deliver something no other organisation can.

A: Outreach

B: Conference
& Meetings

C: Publications
/ Open Access 

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

3:20 PM - 4:30 PM


An inspiring keynote on change led by a change agent, familiar with the Learned Society space.

They will address how to create and manage change; how to identify allies and how to use them; how to stay sane; what to expect; how to keep driving it through in the face of all the challenges.

Followed by Q&A and open floor discussion

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Closing Remarks

4:40 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking drinks reception