The 17th AEME Events Management Educators Forum

Events Principles and Practices: a level playing field?

1 July 2021

09.45 - 16.45: Main conference

17.30 - 20.00: Evening programme


2 July 2021

09.30 - 10.00: AEME AGM

10.15 - 15.15: Main conference


This is a virtual conference

In collaboration with the New Carnival Company and the Open Road carnival project, AEME 2021 is aimed at industry practitioners, researchers and educators with an interest in events research and practice.

Please note that the programme outlined below is still in development with many more exciting speakers and an evening programme to be confirmed. This year's event will be online over two days with Keynote speakers, industry practitioner and academic research papers and evening entertainment.

CALL FOR PAPERS – deadline by Thursday 6th May 2021

Key features of the conference

  • Be inspired by keynote speakers and workshop leaders from academia and industry.

  • Explore accessibility, inclusivity and participation through presentation, workshops and round-table discussions.

  • Learn from internationally pioneering accessibility projects

  • Create national and international research, education, and collaboration networks.

  • Get a (virtual) flavour of the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove by the sea in Sussex.


Key Dates

Abstract Submission

6 May 2021

Notification of Acceptance

31 May 2021

Registration Deadline

21 June 2021


1&2 July 2021


We welcome presentations and other contributions to this conference that explore links between events principles and practices with particular reference to (although not limited to) access, belonging, participation and empowerment. The 2021 conference intends to address the agenda of societal impact and our collective responsibilities towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG10 Reduced Inequalities and SDG16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, to provide a platform to further our understanding of the impacts of class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious priorities and others on the production and consumption of events, festivals, carnivals, celebrations and spectacles.

We also invite papers on wider aspects of international events, festivals and carnivals. As with previous conferences we welcome contributions from various academic disciplines and practices. We also encourage poster submissions.

Click here to download full Call for Papers and submission guidelines

Live Performance

Keynote speakers

Bringing industry and academia together in this international conference creates opportunities for excellent key note sessions on best practice and cutting edge research around accessibility, inclusivity, and empowerment across a wide range of events and festivals.


Confirmed speakers for 2021 include Prof. Gayle McPherson (University of West Scotland), Dr. Ju Gosling (Together! 2012), Dr. Serge Attukwei Clottey (Founder of LA360 and artist, Ghana), Paul Davies (Embaixadores da Alegria, Rio Carnival) and Quentin 'Barabbas' Woodside (Junkanoo music, Bahamas)


Fees and Booking

Conference fee includes: two day conference keynotes and presentations;  delegate pack and attendance to the online evening event.

There are the following attendee categories for this event


  • AEME members (free institutional places) Two free places are available per member institution. You will be required to name the institution you will be representing when booking.​

  • AEME member: £30

  • Non AEME academic: £30

  • Industry professional/carnivalist: £30

  • OPEN ROAD member (non-bursary*): £30

  • The online evening event only: Free

* Bursaries are available to support a number of OPEN ROAD members to attend the conference. If you are interested in taking up a bursary, please contact Chris or Frankie at The New Carnival Company for a more detailed conversation via email at  

Join us online: To register for AEME 2021 Online, please click the link below and follow the registration steps.       

Indicative programme (draft)

Thursday 1 July 2021

09.45: Arrival and networking area

10.00: Welcome and introductions to AEME 2021 Brighton (Prof. Toni Hilton)
Keynote speakers:

10.20-11.05: Professor Gayle McPherson, University of West Scotland

11.05-11.50: Dr Ju Gosling, Together! 2012

11.55-13.00: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations

13.00-14.00: LUNCH BREAK (and networking)

14.00-15.05: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations 

15.20-15.40: Break and networking

15.40-16.45: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations

16.45-17.30: Break and networking

Evening Programme

17.30-20.00: Evening programme hosted by Felix Le Freak

17.30-17.45: Welcome Prof. Marina Novelli and Prof. Debra Humphris (Vice Chancellor)

17.45-18.15The Open Road: Chris Slann and Frankie Goldspink, New Carnival Company

18.15-19.00: Dr Serge Attukwei Clottey, La360 Festival, Ghana

19.00-19.15: Q&A hosted by Prof Marina Novelli

19.15-20.00: Networking

20.00: Close to first day

Friday 2 July 2021

09.30: AEME AGM

10.15: Welcome to Day Two and Keynote speakers:

10.15-11.00: Paul Davies, Embaizadores da Alegria, Rio Carnival

11.00-11.45: Quentin 'Barabbas' Woodside, Bahamas

11.45-12.00: Break and networking

12.00-13.05: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations

13.05-13.50: LUNCH BREAK and networking

13.50-14.55: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations 

14.55-15.15: Conference wrap

15.15: End

* All timing and presentations are subject to change. Additional details will be added when available


Organising Committee

Dr Mandy Curtis

Dr Clare Weeden

Dr Michael Williams (Chair, Scientific Committee)



Contact details

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