With a month to go, we’ve been busy behind the scenes planning for this year’s SpotOn London conference on 14th and 15th November. We are pleased to announce that we can now share some more details about how you can attend the event.

What is SpotOn London?

If you’ve not attended before, SpotOn London is an annual opportunity to meet other people interested in how science is carried out and communicated online. The two day event, which marks its sixth year, is hosted by Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Digital Science and the Wellcome Trust.  We’re also delighted to have Martin Fenner of PLOS joining us as a co-organiser again this year.

The conference is taking place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November  Find out more details about the event in our blog post announcing the dates.

This year’s theme will be on the challenges of balancing the public and the private in the digital age. Friday will see panels, workshops and keynotes on topics including: sharing sensitive data, measuring social impact, open peer review and the right to be forgotten. In an exciting change to our Saturday programme, SpotOn London will be hosting an unconference completely picked and run by the community within this year’s theme.

How can I get a ticket?

This year we’re releasing tickets to attend the main conference in one batch which will go on sale at noon (UK time) on Monday 13th October via our Eventbrite page.

This year there are two ticket types, a full two-day conference ticket (£60) and a Saturday only ticket (£35) – which includes breakfast, lunch and other refreshments.

As the conference has sold out every year, we recommend buying your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What if I want to run a session

On Saturday, the programme will be crafted by the delegates. There will be a Google doc before the conference for session suggestions. Saturday’s schedule will be formulated on the Friday at the conference. If you are only attending on the Saturday and want to run a session, do let us know in advance.

If we’ve already been in touch with you and you’ve agreed to coordinate a session on the Friday, please don’t purchase a ticket. If you’ve got any questions about organising sessions and joining in the unconference, please do get in touch.

What about attending fringe events?

We’ve also been busy coordinating plans for fringe events on the evenings of Thursday 13th and Friday 14th November. Tickets to these events will be offered to conference attendees first. We’ll announce details of the fringe events soon – so stay tuned!

Follow @SpotonLondon and the hashtag #solo14 for updates and if you’re not already on our mailing list, or if you have any questions, drop us a line at and we’ll happily add you!