Observatory annual conference a roaring success

Well, our conference is over for another year – and what a conference it was! A packed Royal Court Hotel enjoyed speeches from our new regional minister, Ian Austin, as well as Professor Carl Chinn and Professor Alan Harding.

Left to right: Richard Hyde (Chair of the Observatory), Ian Austin MP (Minister for the West Midlands), Rosie Paskins (Chief Executive of the Observatory)

Ian Austin (centre) launched the Observatory’s State of the Region 2008 report, saying:

“Through the State of the Region process it is good to see that the West Midlands Regional Observatory is putting in place practical measures to bring policy makers and research experts together.”

Download Ian Austin’s speech (PDF, 36KB).

Rosie Paskins (right), Chief Executive of the Observatory, highlighted the Observatory’s contribution to the region’s evidence base and said:

“The work of the Observatory helps to ensure that important decisions in the region are based on real issues and real evidence. Put simply, better evidence will ultimately lead to better policy.”

As well as speeches, delegates also enjoyed a Q&A session with a panel of experts, plus a series of workshops.

Also see two articles from the Birmingham Post’s Paul Dale who was reporting at the conference:

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2 Responses

  1. The speeches by Rosie Paskins, Carl Chinn and Alan Harding – and the question & answer session with the expert panel – are now available to download as MP3s from http://www.wmro.org/pageRedir.aspx/606/.

    Rosie and Alan’s presentation slides are also available to download.

    Ian Austin’s speech will be available shortly.

  2. Podcasts of Rosie Paskins, Carl Chinn and Alan Harding are now available in the iTunes Music Store. Subscribe to our podcasts at:

    http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=293743708

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