Each year academics make a plea to their head of department or head of research for funding to attend conferences at home or abroad. These can be events run by universities, research networks, industry, training providers or accreditation bodies and they often have a mixture of academics and practitioners attending.

Many Higher Education institutions will only fund staff to attend an academic conference if they are presenting a paper and individuals will only get funding for a skills based conference if they identify the particular need in their annual appraisal or it is a requirement of continuing accreditation.

Therefore when permission (and funding) to attend a conference is granted, it is an opportunity to be seized.

Here are some tips on making the most of conference attendance from my post on jobs.ac.uk.