I am writing this piece for the website just over a week since the 2-day #RAUK19 conference in Belfast on 16THMay 2019. The last year went past in a flash and was the culmination of hard work on the part of significant number of people, all of whom were instrumental in the production of a record-breaking meeting for RA-UK.
I must mention the incredible local organising committee consisting of Dr. Rosie Hogg, Dr. Lloyd Turbitt, Dr. Dave Johnston, Dr. Peter Merjavy and Dr. Michael Jones. Their passion and drive was contagious and they succeeded in putting together an inclusive meeting full of innovative ideas, incredible imagery, hi-tech audio-visual support and a staging set up that brought the speakers out into the audience in an engaging manner that I have never really seen at a conference before.
I received significant support from all of the RA-UK board, but special mention must go to Dr. Alan Macfarlane, our treasurer, who helped keep things on track and tempered our enthusiasm appropriately, Dr. Sim West, our webmaster, who dealt with an inordinate number of requests from us all, and Dr. Nat Haslam, our secretary who did everything else!
We were also supported by a brand-new Event Management Company, EMD, who via Kate Stephenson and Nick Gray, helped bring our dream alive.