We have several stages after submission of proposals to help make the conference the best it can be.

Call for Sessions until 17 May


Feedback until 17 May

The Feedback stage is until the close of the Call for Sessions.

Review 18th May to 21st June


The review stage is between the close of the Call for Sessions and the Review Deadline.


We encourage everyone to get involved in reviewing as well, even if you haven't been to SPA Conference before - the basis is whether you would like to attend the session or think it would be valuable.

Programme meeting around 23rd June


The programme meeting will be held online. The exact timing will be announced closer to the time. If you would like to be involved in the programme meeting, please contact us.

Shepherding up to the Conference start on Monday 13th September


Many sessions are assigned a shepherd. A shepherd is someone who has experience presenting, maybe at SPA Conference, and ideally in a similar area to the session leaders. They offer advice and support to help people prepare their sessions, and may meet with the session leaders and perhaps help arrange dry-runs prior to the conference. (We do recommend that you have at least one dry-run of your session.)

We are always looking for people to help shepherd, so please do let us know if you'd like to get involved in this.

SPA Conference 2021 Monday 13th September to 17th September


This year being our first year completely online we are taking the opportunity to spread the day out. We will be having long morning sessions running form 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and then returning for early evening sessions from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. This is impart because we have had feedback from other conferences that running for 7 hours on zoom and the like was a strenuous endeavour and by breaking things up we hope to reduce 'Zoom' fatigue.


The first session will start in the evening on Monday 13th September at 5.30 pm and our last session will be on Friday 17th September ending at 12.30 pm.