The Association’s Annual Conference is the highlight of its year. Usually held in January or February, it commences on a Sunday and is brought to a close at lunchtime on the following Tuesday. The AGM is also included as part of the programme.
The Conference consists of a mixture of plenary sessions and workshops, and provides an invaluable opportunity for delegates to learn of the latest developments, to discuss matters of mutual interest with colleagues from different types of authority and areas, and to see the different products which are on display in the associated exhibition. The Conference Working Party chooses venues for the event which provide attractive facility rich locations to support the wide range of activities in the programme.
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, one of the great assets of the AEA is the network of contacts which has been forged and developed all over the country with the positive benefit that help is never more than a telephone call or a mouse-click away. Members are able to reap the benefit of this networking in person at Conference and also profit from the extensive programme of plenary sessions and more intimate practical workshops.
Other highlights include the chance to congratulate members who have passed their AEA Certificate or Diploma, celebrate outstanding achievement with our annual awards, and welcome our new Deputy Chair as part of our Annual General Meeting.
Conference also hosts and exhibition for suppliers of electoral goods and services at which members get the opportunity to see demonstrations and look at new and innovative measures and supplies on offer.
National One-Day Seminar
The Association’s one-day National Seminar is held annually usually in September. The programme for the seminar is usually focused on very specific changes to legislation or processes that are upcoming.
It is a further opportunity for networking with colleagues in person and listening to a variety of speakers together with being able to participate in practical workshops. There is also an exhibition for suppliers of electoral goods and services.