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Frequently asked questions
When should I arrive in Belfast?
We’re kicking things off with welcome drinks on Sunday evening, from around 5pm. After that, you can choose from the now-famous ARMA quiz, or the *ResearchProfessional Question Time. Don’t worry if you can’t join us on Sunday. The first session kicks off at 9.45am on Monday morning, giving you plenty of time to arrive that day.
When and where do I register?
To attend conference, you’ll need to register online and purchase your place. Once you’ve done that, delegate registration will take place at the ICC Belfast.
When are the plenary sessions?
We have two plenary sessions, once each day of the conference. A plenary session is where everyone at Conference attends, so they take place in the Main Auditorium. Our first plenary takes place on Monday at 11.30am and examines our conference theme from different perspectives. Our second plenary is on Tuesday morning, at 9.15am, when we’ll welcome award-winning author Dr Ben Goldacre.
What are parallel sessions?
The bulk of our Conference sessions are ‘parallel sessions’, meaning you will have a choice of workshops to attend during each session. Workshops have been organised around six themes: Policy & Strategy; Funding & Development; Project & Portfolio Development; Culture, Environment & People; Impact & Public Engagement; and Governance. You can choose to attend a number of workshops within one theme or learn about different themes. To choose, think about what you want to find out most about, and what will be most use to your role and your professional development. To help, you can filter by session theme on the app.
Do I need to register for the plenary sessions?
No! We assume that everyone will attend the plenary sessions.
Do I need to register for parallel sessions?
Yes! Please decide on which of the workshops you want to attend in each parallel sessions. You can then sign up via the app, simply by clicking into the session, then clicking ‘Add to My Agenda’. All your choices will then show up in the ‘My Agenda’ tab.
When can I view the posters?
Posters will be on display in the main exhibition hall from Monday morning. Poster authors have been allocated a presentation time, so you can hear more about their ideas. A schedule is included online here: http://www.armaconference.com/posters/. There’s no need to book!
How can I vote for the best poster?
Votes can be submitted in the app by accessing a quick surveymonkey. All votes should be cast by the end of Monday. We’ll be presenting the poster awards – voted by the delegates and by the Conference Director – at the plenary session on Tuesday morning.
What social options are there?
We have a range of social options on offer, from whittling to walking tours. Check out the website for more details (link to http://www.armaconference.com/social-information/). Don’t forget: you need to book these sessions online or via the app.
Do I need to register for the social options?
Yes please. We have limited numbers for the social options, so make sure you book up quickly.
What about catering?
Refreshments are provided free of charge at each break, and lunch is also included. We’re also having an onsite Barista, to provide free hot drinks throughout the day. If you’re interested in attending our Gala Dinner, head over to the registration portal to add to your booking. If you have specified any dietary requirements in your booking, please speak to catering staff.
What is the Wi-Fi code for the ICC Belfast?
You do not need a code to access the Wi-Fi at the ICC Belfast. Simply choose ICC Belfast from the list of options, and you’ll be connected.
Are there any discounts for delegates?
Visit Belfast has put together a set of discounts for delegates. You can access these in the conference app.
Is there a Certificate of attendance?
We can provide a Certificate of Attendance, or an official stamp on your paperwork. Simply ask a member of Conference Partners staff to help.
How accessible is the ICC?
The ICC Belfast is very accessible. Find out more on our website: http://www.armaconference.com/about/venue/.
Where will I find the bathrooms?
Bathrooms are located on each floor of the ICC Belfast and are clearly marked.
I’m a nursing mother. Is there anywhere I can feed my baby?
Yes. We’ve marked out a separate room on the second floor, Boardroom 3. You can access this room at any time. If you’re having trouble finding it, simply ask any member of staff and they can direct you.
Is there a prayer room?
Yes. Please ask a member of staff and they can accompany you there.
Where is the speaker preview room?
All speakers are asked to take their presentations to the speaker preview room at least two hours before your session. You’ll find the speaker preview room in Boardroom 2.
Where can I find a taxi?
Taxi numbers are available in the foyer. Belfast is an accessible city, with the main street just a two–minute walk away from the ICC.