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The challenges facing occupational safety and health professionals (OSH) in an ever-changing world of work will be analysed at IOSH 2017, with the impact of technology on OSH and how to build a profession that is fit for the future among key themes.
The Institution is organising every aspect of the conference for the first time this year and is using feedback from past conference delegates, IOSH members and OSH professionals to shape this year's programme.
IOSH President Graham Parker said: "IOSH conferences are world-renowned as being able to give members and non-members the opportunity to learn, to network and actually learn from the best and be the best.
"IOSH 2017 will reflect the changing world of OSH and give those who attend glimpses into the future and potential challenges ahead."
This year's conference will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC), in Birmingham, UK, on 20-21 November. Online bookings open today (Monday 6 February) via www.ioshconference.com, the new dedicated website for IOSH's flagship event.
An early bird ticket price is available for those who book their conference passes before 31 July, while IOSH has also introduced a range of new ticket deals including special rates for full-time students and apprentices.
In addition, professionals can run a track session at IOSH 2017 and have until 5 March to register their interest.
This year's track session themes are 'Good practice: global challenge, local context'; 'Striving for excellence: up to date, up to speed'; and 'Insight: influence, innovation, integration'.
IOSH 2017 conference producer Sue Bull said: "The conference will tackle themes both proactively and reactively; it will provide solutions for the challenges being faced now as well as horizon scanning the future.
"I know just how passionate OSH professionals are about the field in which they work. There is no better way of showing this by becoming involved in, and shaping, IOSH 2017."
For general conference enquiries email [email protected], or call +44 (0)116 257 3129.
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