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The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is pleased to bring you the annual AEO Conference. This event brings together key players within the events industry, offering networking, insight and motivation.

With an outstanding speaker line-up delivering inspirational, dynamic and thought-provoking content, the AEO Conference 2024 is fantastic platform from which to debate, learn and share ideas with your peers, which can help shape your organisation and the industry. 

The event attracts over 200 senior industry professionals from the UK and abroad, from organisers to venues and suppliers, creating an unmissable opportunity to network in a relaxed environment.

Audience: managing directors, portfolio directors, SME directors, group MDs, heads of departments

Chaired by Ruth Carter,


Ruth Carter is Chief Executive of CIBSE, a post she has held since May 2021.  She has over 25 years’ experience in launching, leading and transforming international, community-focused organisations to achieve high-level, sustainable growth in the education, publishing, information product, events, training, digital and media sectors.

Ruth Carter









This year's conference theme is 

'Motivate. Innovate. Create.'

This year's theme, "Motivate. Innovate. Create.," promises to ignite inspiration and creativity among attendees within the events industry.

The program will delve into crucial topics essential for nurturing innovation and creativity. These include international opportunities, community building, sustainable growth, culture, and more.

Manchester has continually evolved as a hub of innovation, boasting a thriving tech sector driving research and development, alongside a vibrant cultural scene that champions creativity in music, arts, and media.


  • We come to the AEO Conference for the people, they allow us to connect easily. It gives us a great opportunity to connect to all of these people here and it's a great opportunity to speak to everybody. It's not too big, not too small the whole market is here.
    Mathys Taekema
    International Business Development Manager, RAI Amsterdam
  • The AEO Conference is an important forum because it brings together change makers in the event industry, I'm also looking forward to networking with some great people as well.
    Raphael Sofoluke
    Founder & CEO, UK Black Business Show
  • The AEO Conference has always been a really important forum, it talks about some of the kind of key topics and trends and certainly as I've sort of developed throughout my career it's always topics around mergers and acquisitions or where the industry is going or the pivot to digital it's always given us really good talking points and things to think about.
    Duncan Reid
    CEO & Co-Founder, Reset Connect


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