UniSpace Sunderland, the conference and events arm of the University of Sunderland, will host the inaugural 2013 Academia Conference, a day-long event focusing on new media and media convergence.
The conference, which will take place on 26 April 2013, has been organised in part by media students at the University of Sunderland. It will bring together leading figures in the industry for a day of lectures and debates covering the latest topics in media convergence.
“Academia will be an ideal arena for those responsible for employing or working with new media talent,” says Dean of Arts, Design and Media at the University of Sunderland, Graeme Thompson. “It will also be for academics and education professionals who need to keep pace with the rapidly changing skills needed in the creative media industry.”
The conference will be opened by Film Producer and former Chancellor of the University of Sunderland Lord David Puttnam, who will address 200 delegates in the UniSpace cinema via a live video link from his office in Ireland. Delegates will be able to interact during the two-hour session by submitting questions to Lord Puttnam via the live Twitter feed.
Speakers will include senior figures from the BBC, local and national television production company owners, digital media entrepreneurs, experts in the social media field and academics. The day will be chaired by Steve Hewlett, Presenter of Radio 4’s The Media Show.
“I’m delighted that we are hosting this inaugural event, particularly as it supports the University’s core proposition and as such reinforces our UniSpace offer in the meetings sector,” says Commercial Services Manager at UniSpace Sunderland, Sharon Olver. “We have worked in partnership with Mariott Hotels to host delegates and speakers and I look forward to welcoming all to what is set to be a pioneering event.”
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