BCS SPA Software in Practice

Lead a session

Information for speakers


Soon after your session is accepted we’ll assign you a shepherd who will help you make your session the best it can be. A shepherd is someone who has experience presenting, maybe at SPA Software in Practice, and ideally in a similar area. They offer advice and support to help you prepare your session, and may meet with you and help arrange dry-runs prior to the conference.

We do recommend that you have at least one dry-run of your session, both for timings and to try out the interactive elements of your session.


The first two named presenters of each accepted session receive a free ticket to SPA Software in Practice. If you have already purchased a ticket before the programme is announced, contact the organisers to receive a full refund. See our terms and conditions.


We would love to be in a position to be able to cover all expenses for every speaker, but as we are a non-profit organisation and the conference is run by volunteers we rely on sponsorship to help with this and have limited funds available.

If your employer or organisation is able to cover your travel and accommodation expenses, we’d be grateful if you take advantage of that so that we can support other people who need it more.

We really don’t want anyone not to present because they can’t afford to come. If you think travel costs will be an issue just tick the box in the session proposal form. It will not affect selection of your session.

Terms and conditions

We would also like to bring your attention to the SPA Software in Practice terms and conditions.