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Registrations now open for IAMCR Conference in Leicester

Registrations now open for IAMCR Conference in Leicester

Registrations are now open for the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR) Conference, which will be taking place at University of Leicester in July 2016.

IAMCR is the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research and comes to Leicester following the successful event in Montreal in 2015. The global event is expected to host 1200 participants from over 70 countries and will be hosted on campus at University of Leicester from 27 – 31 July 2016 with plenary sessions also held at De Montfort Hall.

The IAMCR conference was last held in Leicester in 1976 and attracted visitors from over 40 countries. The conference theme for 2016 is Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, which ties in well with University of Leicester celebrating 50 years since the founding of the Centre for Mass Communication Research, which played a central role in the development of the field of media and communication. The Centre's founder, James Halloran, was IAMCR President from 1972-1990 and the Department continues to have strong links with the Association.

Academic submissions for the conference closed in February and a large number of papers have been received from individuals all over the world, which are currently under consideration for presentation at the conference. These will join the conference programme alongside confirmed plenary speakers, which can be viewed on the IAMCR conference website.

Professor Peter Lunt, Chair of the IAMCR 2016 Local Organising Committee and Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, commented, “We’re delighted that the IAMCR conference will be held in Leicester this year especially as the event ties in with the University of Leicester’s Department of Media & Communications celebrating 50 years of media research. We’ve already received a large number of academic submissions for the conference and we’re looking forward to welcoming a wide range of global academics and professionals to the city in July.”

With the conference attracting participants from countries across the world, event producers Holland Alexander are relishing the prospect of welcoming global participants to Leicester.

Holland Alexander Managing Director, Louise Holland, commented, “We’re working closely with IAMCR and University of Leicester to create a welcoming, innovative and memorable event for participants at this year’s conference. Following last year’s successful event in Montreal we’re keen to take the conference to the next level through digital developments and ensure that this year’s conference in Leicester is a truly immersive experience.”

Whilst participants are in Leicester for the IAMCR conference there will also be an opportunity for them to explore the city and county through social activities specially organised by Leicester Shire Promotions.

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions, said: "After IAMCR participants have been inspired and engaged by the conference, we've worked with local tourism partners to co–ordinate a range of social itineraries to help them to relax and enjoy the rest of what Leicester and Leicestershire has to offer.

"Itineraries available for all delegates to book include artisan chocolate-making and tasting, experiencing the city's arts and culture, a trip to the UK's Rural Capital of Food in Melton Mowbray, discovering 2,000 years of history, the story of King Richard III, a tour of the unique Victorian waterways at Foxton Locks and an out-of-this-world visit to the National Space Centre.”

IAMCR’s 2016 conference will be taking place at University of Leicester from 27 – 31 July 2016 and registration for the event is open now. The conference is open to IAMCR members as well as non-members and students can register at a discounted rate. Full information can be found on the 2016 conference website by visiting