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Celebratory Conference
21 September 2015
University of Cambridge, UK

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The many themes of Professor Martin Johnson's work were celebrated at this special meeting and we would like to thanks the sponsors and all who participated.

The University of Cambridge will host a tributary webpage for this meeting in due course.

'I remain very grateful to you and your team for having brought off such a massive event so calmly and smoothly.'
Professor Sarah Franklin, Director Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc), University of Cambridge, UK

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The SECED 2015 conference took place on 9-10 July 2015 at Homerton College, Cambridge.

This was the first major conference to be held in the UK on this topic since SECED hosted the 2002 European Conference on Earthquake Engineering in London.

The programme provided an opportunity for both researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge and techniques for understanding earthquake risks, the dynamic behaviour of structures, and their impacts.

The conference brought together experts from a broad range of disciplines, including structural engineering, nuclear engineering, seismology, geology, geotechnical engineering, urban development, social sciences, business and insurance; all focused on risk, mitigation and recovery.

'Thanks to everyone at JRA for making SECED 2015 such a huge success. The numerous suggestions that you made to improve the conference in all sorts of subtle ways all came together to produce a really impressive, professional and hugely enjoyable event.'
Andy Campbell, Chair of SECED


NET Conference

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August 11-14, 2014

Churchill College, University of Cambridge, CB3 0DS, UK
(Sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures)


For further information about the conference, please go to:

The goals of the conference were to provide a forum for the development of mathematical methods and tools, to foster cross-fertilization among different fields of application, and most crucially to enable communication between the mathematicians who build the theory and the scientists who use it. The conference program consisted of presentations on subjects ranging from basic mathematical research to concrete applications.

This four day residential conference took place at Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Futures in Reproduction Conference
15-16 December 2012
Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

The Futures in Reproduction international conference celebrated the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards.

The conference was convened jointly by the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge and Reproductive BioMedicine Online.

This unique event captured something of the radical, far-sighted, wide-ranging and challenging spirit of enquiry that has characterized Bob Edwards’ career.

Photo sharing and access to the presentations are available at:

Click here to read a testimonial from Professor Martin Hume Johnson MA, PhD (Cambridge) FRCOG,
FSB, FMedSci about our work organising the Futures in Reproduction conference.

Research Ethics in the NHS and Informed Consent workshops, Cambridge, 2011

These highly practical one-day workshops were organised by JRA and were held in Cambridge, UK in November 2011.

The workshops were facilitated by one of the country’s leading research ethics professionals, Dr Leslie Gelling, Chair, Cambridge South Research Ethics Committee; Chair, Faculty Research Ethics Panel, Anglia Ruskin University; Reader in Research Ethics, Anglia Ruskin University; and Editor of Nurse Researcher: the International Journal of Research Methodology in Nursing and Health Care.

To undertake research involving human participants within the NHS, a favourable ethical opinion must be received from a National Research Ethics Service (NRES) Research Ethics Committee (REC). This involves an application submitted using the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) which can be a complex and time-consuming process.

The Research Ethics workshop gave participants the opportunity to improve their knowledge of what is needed to prepare an application and progress successfully through the ethical review process to gain a favourable ethical opinion.

The Informed Consent workshop provided a detailed overview of the process and requirements for seeking informed consent to undertake research in the NHS. The workshop examined the nature of informed consent for research and considered the key components of informed consent, including the legal and ethical requirements with which researchers must comply when seeking informed consent for research.

‘This is one of the most useful workshops I have attended. I really appreciated all of the ‘inside’ information that was provided.
(Participant 2011)

The format was perfect and it was great that there was flexibility to tailor the workshop based on the needs of the attendees.’
(Participant 2011)

Writing Development in Higher Education - WDHE
London, 2010

JRA organised the 13th biennial conference for writing development in higher education (WDHE) at the Royal College of Physicians, London from 28-30 June 2010. Nearly 200 delegates from all over the world attended the conference to explore the challenges of bringing about sustainable writing development in higher education.

To view conference abstracts and presentations, please go to:

'Thank you very much all your enthusiastic and dedicated work on the conference - it really paid off and it is a great feeling to be proud of what we achieved together.'
(Dr Kathy Harrington, London Metropolitan University)

Stepping up: with the University of Chester
Chester, 2010

Together with the Universities of Chester and Salford, JRA organised the second 'Stepping up' conference at the University of Chester on 31 March 2010 to examine ways of working smarter in the current climate. The event gave insight into effective and efficient ways to meet some of the challenges, complexities and solutions within integrated working. Practical workshops and poster presentations showcased a variety of initiatives from health and social care professionals across the UK.

'You have done a marvellous job to keep the conference budget so tight. Thank you for all the hard work and effort.'
(Professor Mike Thomas, University of Chester)

Group for Learning in Art and Design - GLAD
Cambridge, 2007

The GLAD 2007 conference was a unique 5-day event that used open space technology to bring together a group of 50 key professionals to discuss the student experience in art and design. JRA planned the programme and activities to focus on the socio-economic, curriculum, technological, creative, cultural and market drivers that fundamentally influence the student experience of art and design across the world.

The conference findings were published in an important strategic and ground-breaking book: The student experience in art and design higher education: drivers for change ISBN: 0954711173

'One word: invaluable. The conference support team (JRA) focused on all contact with participants which contributed to a strong sense of professionalism and identity of the event. They provided full administrative support which ensured the smooth running of the conference.'
(Professor Linda Drew, University of the Arts, London)

Digital imagining workshop
Newmarket, 2009

This event brought vets from across the Eastern region together to explore the practical benefits of digital imaging for modern practices. JRA worked with the computer specialist masterminding the OsiriX programme to bring together expert speakers, practical demonstrations and an exhibition that gave delegates the opportunity to see how accessible digital imaging can be.


Cambridge Conferences 2003 and 2005
Cambridge, 2003 and 2005

Modelled on a highly successful medically focused event, this ground breaking 5-day event used open space technology to bring together academics from across the world. Delegates were individually invited to Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK in 2003 to discuss strategies to encourage academic and contract research staff to engage in and undertake training and development.

Following the huge impact of the 2003 event within higher education, a similar event was held in 2005 focussing on good management and leadership practice within higher education from the UK and overseas.

Both conferences published conference findings in books:

Exploring academic development in higher education: issues of engagement ISBN: 0954711122 and

Exploring good leadership and management practice in higher education: issues of engagement ISBN: 0954711157

'Jill Rogers Associates have been a delight to work with – friendly, helpful and supportive, and always professional. Their eye for detail meant that the conference ran smoothly, their firm and assured handling of a diverse group of participants was extremely impressive and their encouragement to meet deadlines as well as setting realistic targets meant the planning of the conference was smooth and efficient.'
(Dr Liz Elvidge, University of Cambridge)



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