The year’s edition of the conference, like previous editions, is face-to-face to encourage the valuable networking of researchers and practitioners in the beautiful and vibrant setting of Harrogate. In 2019, we confirmed Harrogate Conference Centre (HCC) as the venue for our in-person, academic-led 2021 edition of ICTMC. We postponed the conference in early 2020, foreseeing that planning for in-person conferences would still be difficult for 2021. We investigated hybrid options but found the cost of morphing to a hybrid event for ICTMC 2022 would have been prohibitive for any non-profit, non-fee-paying membership organisation such as TMRP, especially as we wanted to keep the registration fees close to 2019 levels. Hybrid meetings can work well, but networking opportunities are constrained and poster presentations are often overlooked. However, systems continue to improve and we will give full consideration to holding ICTMC 2024 as a hybrid event.
Therefore ICTMC 2022 will be a face-to-face conference, giving us the opportunity to reconnect in-person and facilitating the spark of ideas generated by keynote speakers, presentations and poster sessions. Every precaution will be taken to minimise infection and we thank you for your continued support and co-operation with our Covid guidelines.
In all instances we will be following current government guidance and assure you that all necessary precautions will be in place to ensure your safety. In order to minimise the possibility of covid infections we ask that where possible, delegates take a lateral flow test prior to attending the conference. While it is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering in England, we would like to encourage our ICTMC delegates to wear a face covering in all public areas of the conference venue, unless exempt or eating and drinking. Some face coverings will be available at the registration desk for delegates to pick up with their conference badge. A limited number of lateral flow tests will also be available free from the registration desk should you need to use one. Windows in conference rooms will be kept open where and when possible to maximise air flow.
We ask that all attendees are considerate and respectful of others needs and wishes which may not mirror their own and we would suggest wearing a mask in conference sessions and giving people space where possible. Hand sanitiser will be available in all rooms.
For the latest UK government guidance, please visit the Government website.