A lot of meaningful engagements have
centred on conferences and summits, with
the speaking opportunities offering IOSH
a way to connect with stakeholders from
similar professional bodies in different
industries and in different regional
IOSH 2018 – our own annual conference
last year in Birmingham at the heart of the
UK – provided the platform for me to begin
my presidential role and meet members and
guests from 25 countries.
One week later, I was at the centre of
Europe presenting our No Time to Lose
campaign to tackle cancer caused by work.
We were invited to take part in a Joint Action
on Comprehensive Cancer Control European
Presidency summit in Vienna, Austria, with
senior government officials, ministers and
advisers from European Union states.
Since then, I have attended conferences
in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore,
Australia, India and the US, speaking about
themes that relate to IOSH’s priorities
and to projects and issues that need our
The presidential team has travelled
widely as well, throughout Europe
and as far as South Africa, extending
understanding of WORK 2022 and
developing our relationships with other
organisations and businesses.
I always find these meetings useful.
Conferences and exhibitions represent a
gathering of knowledge and skills – a “deep
dive” into new professional perspectives –
that can deliver more information and ideas
in one day than a series of meetings.
When you attend them, you often wear
more than one hat. As an employee, you
may be looking for solutions to challenges
your organisation has. You may want
to create new commercial relationships
– gaining contacts or expanding your
horizons and footprint.
As a professional, you can acquire
new knowledge that enhances your
abilities, gain insights from other people’s
experiences that can inform your own
approach to the work you do, and improve
learning that contributes to your CPD.
Networking opportunities with your
professional peers can also develop future
For academics, conferences also
represent essential forums for presenting
or discovering new ideas and research
findings, and places to debate what these
mean for practice. As an adjunct professor,
the insights I gather at conferences enrich
my teaching and benefit the emerging
generation of OSH and engineering
I am looking forward to IOSH 2019 next
month and all the opportunities that it will
provide, including an opportunity to meet
you and hear more from you.