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NEWS9 July 2013

Getting involved – speaking and sponsoring

MRS believes getting people together is vital to the development of the sector and growing business. Our conferences and events enable individuals to share intelligence, experiment together and inspire each other for creative, commercial and expert work. MRS is launching a series of new events across two new formats, Intelligence Summits and Creativity Labs, and we need you to contribute ideas and showcase them on the programmes at these unique platforms for debate. 

Align your brand or work with the authority in the UK MR sector

MRS believes getting people together is vital to the development of the sector and growing business.

Our conferences and events enable individuals to share intelligence, experiment together and inspire each other for creative, commercial and expert work.

We have a variety of events in development and we would like to hear from the experts in the industry. You. Find out more about joining us as a speaker, chair, host, partner, sponsor or event attendee below. 

How you can get involved 

We have a variety of events in development and we would like to hear from the experts in the industry. You. Find out more about joining us as a speaker, chair, host, partner, sponsor or event attendee. 

If you’d like to submit an idea to present at an event please read the below then visit our submissions system – click here to get started. If you have any queries please email conference@mrs.org.uk

If you are considering partnering or sponsoring and event, which may or may not include a presentation slot, please email guy.oliver@mrs.org.uk

• Submit a case study. We need honest, rigorous examples of work that have driven tangible change.

• Propose a keynote speaker. We are looking for experts from related and unrelated fields that can offer a provocative and illuminating perspective.

• Propose a debate or debate participation. We want to host challenging argument and seek eloquent and passionate debaters.

• Make a bite-sized contribution. We need some bite-sized presentations that showcase passionate beliefs or ideas.

• Suggest a practical element. We are keen to include a short, practical exercise as part of each Summit. The idea needs to be imaginative, relevant and illuminating.

• Be a sponsor. We would be delighted to hear from companies interested in striking a commercial or promotional partnership for the Intelligence Summits.

• Be a partner. We would be delighted to hear from organisations outside of research, but within the sectors, that would be interested in helping to create content for the Summits.

• Submit an opinion piece.We need honest, rigorous examples of work that have driven tangible change.

• Propose an angle. What should the conference cover? Is there burning topic or fresh angle that needs airing?

• Be a delegate.Interested in attending? We begin taking bookings 8-12 weeks before an event, early-bird savings are always offered so book early and secure your spot.

MRS Intelligence Summits. A dynamic, information-rich and practical view of the hottest sectors and research, insight, evaluation and analytic practices.

Over one day, these Summits will combine opinion, case study, debate, practicality and market intelligence to offer a holistic picture of the chosen field. The audience will be made up of managers, directors or research clients with a vested interest in powerful research that drives meaningful change in commerce and society. To help create these Summits we are going straight to the experts. You.

There are ten areas we will be covering in these Summits, submit as many times as you like, under as many headings as you like. We want to draw on the widest and richest thinking in the market.

Kids and Youth Research
This vibrant sector demands effective, imaginative and responsible research. It’s a tough market with the highest of expectations. Only the most engaging and dynamic research approaches connect with the next generation. This summit considers the impact, ethics and future of work in this field and it equips research professionals with the tools to succeed.

Financial Services Research
Over the past few years trust in financial institutions collapsed. However, there are clear signs that the industry is making headway in regaining trust by turning around its practices. This summit shows how research is driving that change and helping to map out the road to recovery.

Real-Time Research
Mobile devices and the internet offer instant snapshots of opinion and intention. The commercial demand for that real-time data and its accurate analysis has never been greater. This is a summit for anyone that wants to better generate and exploit speed of light research.

Advertising Research
Consumers are increasingly inured to advertising. The old messages aren’t getting through and the old channels are showing signs of fatigue. This summit shows how research creates breakthrough creativity, brokers fresh engagement and helps advertisers understand the new audiences.

Social Research
Research changes lives. It drives social planning, amplifies disenfranchised voices and steers legislation. This is a summit that shows how the most critical work shapes the nation, creates opportunity, changes behaviour and challenges assumptions.

Social Media Research
Social media has created a rich store of opinion, debate, sound, image and connection. But there are signs that the old social media channels are suffering from fatigue. This summit takes a mature view of the shifting usage trends and explores how research can best access, interpret and exploit meaningful conversation for commercial and social advantage.

Healthcare Research
The planning, provision and promotion of healthcare services is under the media spotlight. Issues of trust, competence and management are under scrutiny. This summit looks at how research maintains best practice, creates clear paths for planning and ensures that the patient is kept at the heart of the healthcare process.

MRS Creativity Labs. A first-hand experience of some of the most daring, effective and illuminating practices that are feeding into some of the best work. It’s time to leave your safety zone and join MRS as we unleash the power of the Creativity Labs.

Each Lab will offer the ultimate in interactivity, as we introduce practitioners from research and far beyond in a bid to boost the creative talents of the research sector. Participate in a series of provocative conversations, strange experiments and practical exercises and you’ll emerge a more enlightened and creative individual. If you’re the sort of person who likes to sit on the sidelines and play things passively – this is not the event for you.

These events are about networking, play, discussion, learning, argument and being part of a movement that is committed to bringing a new level of creativity to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re qual or quant, agency or client, junior or senior – the future demands adaptable, creative researchers. This event is designed to satisfy that demand.

The Design Lab
The research business is often criticised for not bringing data to life. There’s a real need to add colour, vitality and context to research findings. This is a lab that shows you how design and visualisation can bring real value to the research debrief. The lab will also let you experiment with storytelling as a way of engaging respondents with research.

The Innovation & Ideation Lab
Research has always driven dynamic innovation within business, but does it always apply the same rules to the development of its own practice and future? This is a lab that shows you how to put an innovative engine at the heart of everything you to reinvigorate your work, your client relationships and your service offerings.

The Influencing & Communicating Lab
Clear, compelling and modern communication skills are no longer a nice to have. This lab will draw upon some pretty surprising professions to help boost your skills in being a persuasive, engaging and jargon-free researcher. Not a lab for the feint-hearted.

The Science Lab
You may not trust some of the new scientific approaches to research. You’re in a minority. Some of the latest, most daring and effective research tools and methodologies are at your disposal in a lab focussed on technology, neuroscience and experiment. You may not be able to use everything in your own working day, but the principles behind the science will pay real dividends.

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