After an unprecedented few years, we are looking forward to welcoming delegates to IMC 2022. The special thematic strand will be ‘Borders’ and we are excited to hear every single one of the over 600 sessions taking place both here in Leeds and virtually between 04 and 07 July 2022.
We were delighted to find that, when surveyed, over 90% of delegates were keen to return to Leeds for IMC 2022. And, although there is still much we do not know about what the world will be like in July next year, we thought we’d share some things which we are excited about for next year’s Leeds International Medieval Congress.
We know that the ability to access recordings of IMC sessions was incredibly popular at last year’s wholly virtual event. Therefore, we hope to be able to broadcast the vast majority of IMC sessions so virtual participants can join live. Additionally, we will be making session recordings available throughout the summer so that all registered delegates can catch up on the sessions they missed. If you don’t want your session recorded, you can let us know here.
We will also be working closely with our virtual event platform partners to ensure that the same high quality virtual service is available. It is our intention that this platform will also serve as a mobile app solution for delegates attending in person, allowing them to build personal itineraries and find everything they need on campus, as well as facilitating virtual participation in academic sessions for those speakers and attendees unable to make it to Leeds.
Alongside the academic programme, we are also intending to offer as much of the pre-coronavirus IMC experience as possible, including the IMC Bookfair which will be returning to Parkinson Court. We are also pleased to be offering a selection of events, performances, and excursions, as well as a variety of on-campus and local hotel accommodation options to suit all budgets. Further details of all of these will be available in the New Year.
As a result of likely coronavirus restrictions, other events likely to be taking place on campus, and the technical requirements necessary for simultaneous broadcast of sessions, IMC 2022 will likely take place in a variety of new rooms and buildings. This means that we are not yet in a position to share where specific sessions will be scheduled. We are working closely with our Conferencing & Events teams to ensure that all spaces work well for IMC activities, while also ensuring the usual high level of support for both in-person and remote speakers. We intend to confirm scheduling by the start of May 2022, though this may change as a result of factors beyond our control.
Registration for IMC 2022 will open on Tuesday 22 February 2022, with Standard and Concessionary registration rates available for students, retired, unwaged and low-waged colleagues. Virtual-only options will also be available, as well as in-person Day rates.
We know there remains much uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, in particular as a result of the recently announced omicron variant and will keep you all updated here and via our Twitter account (@IMC_Leeds) as our plans develop. In the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and safe festive season, and a joyous New Year!