Wednesday, March 7th 2018, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers wraps up another successful ISCEx event with increased attendances at its annual exhibition and seminar day. ISCEx is a one-day exhibition and seminar programme held annually by the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Open to members and non-members, the ISCEx exhibition and seminar programme is precluded by the Institute’s annual general meeting and networking dinner events, held on the previous day.
The ISCEx 2018 seminar programme was kicked off by Dr Chris Cocking, Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton presenting the Hopkins-Baldwin Lecture, a presentation entitled ‘Busting the Myths of Mass Evacuation’. Following extensive research by Chris and his colleagues into crowd behaviour during emergencies and the implications for crowd safety management during mass evacuations, this presentation was engaging and enlightening.
Hanieh Motamedian, Business Development Manager for Sound Directions and Sam Wise, Design Director at Venue Strategies followed with the Warren-Barnett Memorial Lecture, discussing the benefits of sound masking in the corporate workplace and the positive effects on patient recovery in healthcare environments and the effects of sound on the human brain.
Matthew Archer, Technical Product Specialist at Audio-Technica, presented the third seminar of the day, entitled ‘Don’t drop the Ball’, highlighting some of the steps involved in utilising large numbers of wireless microphones in high-profile, large capacity and live global sports broadcasts..
Jim Smith, AECOM comments, “I’ve attended several ISCEx events, I enjoy the seminars and the networking opportunities, ISCEx represents a great opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues. The event is growing year by year and this year looks like record attendances, again”.
Neil Voce, Head of Business Development at ASL comments, “I’ve attended most of the ISCEx events to date, it always provides an opportunity to think about something you might not otherwise have considered in your working life every day, its good to hear things from others’ perspectives and the ISCEx seminar programme provides that”.
In addition to the seminar programme thirty-five exhibitors report very positive engagement from ISCEx attendees with the exhibition room proving to have a steady flow of visitors throughout the day.
“There has been no time to attend the ISCEx seminars this year unfortunately, as it has been very busy with visitors to our exhibition stand here in the exhibition room”, comments Gareth Collyer, Sales Manager for Nexo SA. “ISCEx for us represents great value for money and is an excellent opportunity to meet up with visitors to the show that I might not otherwise get to meet at other times in the calendar year”, concludes Collyer.
“With thirty-five exhibitors at ISCEx this year, again we saw an increased number of visitors attending as a consequence”, says Ros Wigmore, event organiser for ISCE.
“ISCEx is a very personal event and lends itself to creating a very intimate and informal environment for business conversations and networking to take place. Feedback has been positive and we’re already confirmed the dates for ISCEx 2019, which will take place on 5-6th March 2019”, concludes Wigmore.
‘ISCEx is now a staple in the diet of industry networking events for the Sound & Communications Industries. As always the standard of seminar presentations this year has been excellent and the exhibition room has provided a fabulous opportunity for visitors to meet with manufacturers and distributors in a very informal environment. We return to Coombe Abbey in 2019 and I’m already looking forward to it’, summarises ISCE President Phil Price.