This year’s annual conference serves as our first foray into the world of virtual events. While the global pandemic means that meeting face to face in such numbers is not possible, we’re looking forward to seeing all of our members, visitors and exhibitors in a virtual setting on across 14 & 15 October.
This is a new experience for us all, but with just a few weeks to go, excitement is building for what will be a standout LARAC Conference. This year’s programme is action packed with speakers from across the sector and beyond, covering a wide range of topics, ranging from the Resource and Waste Strategy (RWS) to EPR to DRS.
The opening session features an update from Chris Preston, deputy director at Defra, a presentation from our very own Lee Marshall on the LARAC response to the RWS consultations and a keynote address, delivered by Professor Richard Thompson OBE of Plymouth University - a renowned expert on pollution and the marine environment. Professor Thompson will address the topic of plastics and their impact on the environment, with reference to the oceans and is looking forward to receiving questions and feedback from the LARAC audience.
Workshops will take place on day one and day two, varying slightly from the traditional format. These practical sessions offer smaller groups sizes, more interaction and deeper learnings on more specific topics. Highlights include a communications workshop on day one delivered by Chris Dessent of Creative Concern and a session looking at the textiles stream provided by WRAP and Recycling Now on day two.
With the conference taking place online, you can enjoy the presentations and seminars from the comfort of your own home and office. However, the format will mimic that of a traditional conference, including networking breaks where you will be able to arrange meetings with exhibitors and fellow visitors, as well as strike up conversations with people on your ‘table - as though you were at the real thing! Please remember, to speak to our specially selected exhibitors, not only do they have the latest innovation in products and services but they also enable us to provide this event to members for free, so please do take time to speak with them.
Full login information will be provided in the lead up to the event, so you will have time to explore the software, arrange meetings and begin planning your time! If you haven’t done so already, please register here.
We look forward to seeing you (virtually) on 14 & 15 October!