In a continuing effort to further its educational offering, PLASA 2012 has announced a brand new, free to attend Professional Development Programme.
Taking place from September 9th-12th, the PLASA 2012 Professional Development Programme will see 80 free educational sessions take place over the four-day show at London’s Earls Court.
Organised into nine categories, the new format is designed to provide unparalleled access to entertainment and installation technology's leading figures.
The first category is ‘Future Trends’, a series of sessions looking at the current direction of technology and where it might lead us. This programme includes the headline session ‘Are we near to Perfect Sound?’ - presented by director of R&D at Martin Audio, Jason Baird, and d&b audiotechnik product manager Werner 'Vier' Bayer, plus a representative from Meyer Sound. Also featured will be ‘What's left in the Black Box?’, which will take a look at how much further loudspeaker performance can be improved. This session will also feature Tony Andrews of Funktion-One and d&b audiotechnik acoustics specialist Matthias Christner, plus representatives of JBL and other leading manufacturers.
The ‘Emerging Technologies’ programme explores the world of cutting-edge technologies, from nanotechnology to memristor memory, LED/laser data transmission, gesture recognition, quantum computers, T-rays and holograms.
‘International & Major Projects’ is a unique series of sessions designed to provide money-can't-buy access to the most creatively ambitious and technically challenging projects out there.
Headlining the programme are Durham Marenghi and Tim Routledge, with their account of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, while Tapio Ilomaki looks at the new Helsinki Music Centre, and Ola Melzig joins a panel discussing the Eurovision 2012 production in Azerbaijan.
‘The Olympics Uncovered’ is the first ever top-secret seminar programme at the PLASA Show. Immediately after London 2012, PLASA 2012 will be the first to celebrate the industry's contribution to this special occasion with a series of top-secret sessions. A panel of leading production personnel will explore the highs and lows of the Games' Opening Ceremony.
‘The Breaking New Ground’ category examines the role of originality in driving technical development in entertainment. Headlining is Lucy Ockenden, who reveals the work behind Björk's jaw-dropping video on her Biophilia tour and Dave Swallow's Audiothinktank, presenting forward-thinking audio for pioneering sound engineers.
‘Safety Issues’ looks at safe working practices for outdoor structures and other key issues.
‘The Sustainability Programme’ explores the many ways by which the industry can benefit from responsible environmental practices, while the new ‘Business Issues’ category examines the most cost-effective and productive methods of communicating a company's message.
Finally, the ‘Back to Basics’ session focuses on the fundamentals of audio, lighting and audio-visual technology.
Meanwhile, visitor registrations are now over 11,800 but visitors can still gain entry to the entire four-day event for £10 - a saving of 50 per cent on the full price of £20. Pre-registered visitors will be notified when seminar booking opens online.
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