On Sunday I’ll be travelling down to Cardiff, the venue for this years BOHS Conference. I’m looking forward to meeting up with friends and colleagues I haven’t seen for a while and the programme of scientific papers and workshops looks especially interesting this year. A copy of the final programme can be downloaded from here.
The Conference starts on Tuesday, running until Thursday, but on the Monday, the day before it officially opens, I’ll be running one of the professional development courses. It’s a “taster” course for candidates intending to sit the BOHS Diploma examinations. This is the third year that I’ll have run the course, the last two presentations having gone well.
Although I run the course as a workshop, focusing on discussing typical questions, I make a brief presentation at the start running through the format of the exam and providing some background. These slides are available on my Slideshare site, but I’ve also embedded the presentation below.
It’s going to be a busy conference for me this year as I’m giving a paper on the Thursday morning and am also running a workshop with Tracey Boyle, BOHS’ Honorary Secretary, on behalf of Council.
The workshop, which takes place first thing on the Wednesday morning, will be exploring whether BOHS should put more emphasis on campaigning and lobbying as part of our strategic objectives to raise awareness of occupational hygiene and increase the visibility and influence of the Society. We have invited two external speakers,
- Helen Tarbet, of College Hill (Business Communications Consultancy)
- Chris Mulholland, of the British Lung Foundation
who will be relating their experiences of campaigning and lobbying.
The majority of the time will be devoted to syndicate group discussions to gauge the opinions of members and, hopefully, generate some ideas. The findings and conclusions will be presented to BOHS Council.