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ODNE 2020 Annual Conference – Disruption and Disruptive Practice

In the true spirit of disruption it is with great disappointment that we announce the postponement of the ODN Europe 2020 Conference due to take place 22 to 24 April at Warwick Conference Centre.  We have responded to the current advice and anticipated further restrictions on travel and gatherings because of Coronavirus. To protect the best interests of our delegates we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event.

So how do we respond to the disruption?  This is a question that the design team have been wrestling with over the last few weeks in regard to the conference, but is also a question that we are all wrestling with about our work and lives.

In this spirit, we want to offer a space for the ODNE community to connect with each other, offer support, and discuss, reflect and learn from each other about the disruption coronavirus is creating in our work, lives, organisations and communities. Our intention is to build and sustain our connections to each other over this period of intense uncertainty.

To do this we want to invite you to an online virtual session on Friday 20 March between 10.00 and 12.00 GMT where we will hold a space for us to share our experiences and work with people’s stories to learn about disruption as we are living it. Our intention is that these virtual gatherings will be regular occurrences whilst also recognising that this is an experiment that will develop in its own way.

Additionally, we will open up a Slack space for people to connect outside of these virtual meetings and discuss how we best want to use the time.

Details of how to join both of these are at the bottom of this page.

We also invite you to hold the date for April 24th where we are looking to run a more in depth virtual gathering, the format of which will emerge from the other conversations we have as a community.

Finally, we are working hard to re-arrange the planned conference programme later in the Autumn.  As you can imagine, there are a number of conferences and gatherings being deferred until later in the year but we aim to confirm this over the coming days.

Below we have included some information on what we anticipate to be pressing questions. If you have any questions that fall outside of this information, please do get in touch via and we will respond as quickly as possible.

What happens with my registration fee?
There are two choices regarding your registration. To make your registration to the new conference date as smooth as possible we will be carrying over every registration received so far to the new conference date.  You don’t need to do anything – if you’ve booked accommodation and extras like the Pre Conference Day this will all be carried over.

Once we’ve confirmed the new dates and you find you are no longer able to attend, or in the unlikely event of us not being able to rearrange the conference, we will issue you a full refund.  Just let us know.  Your patience in receiving this refund is appreciated during this extremely busy time.

If you requested to pay via invoice and have not yet done so, you will receive a reminder once the new dates have been published.  At that stage you can decide whether to pay to secure your place at the Autumn event or to withdraw your registration.

What about my accommodation?

If we have booked accommodation for you we will cancel this on your behalf and you will be refunded in full.

How do I join the virtual session and the Slack conversation?

The Slack group is one that was created initially after the 2018 Conference, so some of you may already be members. For others you can join here:

The Zoom meeting can be accessed directly via Zoom Meeting ID 224 383 347 or via:,

What do I need to do?

In short, nothing yet.  We know how much energy and enthusiasm there is behind our annual conference and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn.  Please wait until those dates are confirmed and we’ll set up a process for delegates wishing to cancel to ensure you receive a full refund.

Many thanks for your support.  Stay well and we look forward to seeing you later in the year.


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