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Conferences and Meetings update - Webinar

A few weeks on from Society Street Virtual, we are bringing some of the “Conferences and Meetings” panel back together again, to reflect on what they have seen and learned in the intervening weeks. The session we held in March was extremely lively with many questions. As things are continuing to change rapidly, we asked them to join us again to reflect on what has changed in the last month or so, and what they have learnt.

Alexa Tullett


Associate Professor - University of Alabama

(Speaker in 2020) Alexa is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama, and the President of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS). Her work examines scientific, religious, and political beliefs, and the factors that facilitate or impede belief change. Some of her work takes a meta-scientific approach, using psychological methods to study the beliefs and practices of psychological scientists.

Andrew Chamberlain


Managing Director - Consort Strategy

(2020 Webinar Series Chair) Andrew Chamberlain is a former association Chief Executive and is now Managing Director of Consort Strategy (, a consultancy firm specializing in leadership development, organisation improvement, good governance and business growth. For over 10 years he held leadership positions in professional associations and membership bodies across the UK. Prior to this he spent several years working on education and environmental policy at the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government in Edinburgh and in the Ministry of Education in Wellington, New Zealand. Based in Cambridge in the UK, Andrew travels internationally to provide consultancy support on association governance and management.

Diane Kovats


Executive Director - International Society for Computational Biology

(Speaker in 2020) Diane Kovats is the Executive Director of the International Society for Computational Biology. She is an innovative business events and association management strategist who has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations. Her strength is working with non-profit boards to develop and execute a vision which furthers the organization mission-driven impact. Through innovative event design, membership group, efficient organizational operations, and relationship cultivation, Diane has had a successful career in transforming the organizations for which she works. Diane is passionate about giving back. She has served in many volunteer roles for a variety of organizations. Most recently she has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors for the Professional Convention Management Association.

Violaine Iglesias


CEO & Co-founder - Cadmore Media

Contributor to Society Street 2021 as a panellist for a Fireside Chat on Hybrid Events. Speaker and webinar chair in 2020 After two decades of a career spanning academic and trade publishing, publishing technology and book translation, Violaine has recently launched Cadmore Media, a new streaming media platform specifically designed to facilitate the dissemination of scholarly and professional audiovisual content. By boosting the discoverability, indexability and accessibility of videos and podcasts, Cadmore gives publishers, societies and IGOs the tools they need to join the streaming revolution. Prior to Cadmore, Violaine worked at technology provider GVPi, SAGE Publishing and Penguin Random House. She holds a Master’s Degree in Publishing from ESCP Europe in Paris.