The first West Midlands Cultural Research & Intelligence Network (CRAIN) conference takes place on Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 9:30-13:30, at Birmingham City University’s Margaret Street venue in central Birmingham.
The event, Chaired by Tim Challans (former co-ordinator for the West Midlands Culture & Sport Improvement Network), will highlight the latest research and intelligence relating to culture, sport and tourism and review the implications for the West Midlands: a region striving to assert itself as a national and international visitor destination and a leader in the digital agenda. The intention is for the event to dynamic and interactive, providing plenty of opportunity for delegates to dictate discussions.
The conference is being organised by the West Midlands Cultural Observatory, in association with Birmingham City University, the West Midlands Cultural Research & Intelligence Group and West Midlands Regional Observatory.
A rather lengthy title for an exciting project that the Interactive Cultures team are currently undertaking!
Andrew Dubber and Jez Collins are leading on a project that uses research and industry knowledge skills and how, as lecturers and academics, we can transfer that knowledge back into the classroom and use innovative approaches to teaching and learning by using online technologies to enhance student studies and professional understanding of the creative sector in Birmingham.
The ‘Creative Industries Book Club’ (CIBC) meets monthly in the School of Media (www.mediacourses.com), Birmingham City University to discuss research, policy papers and other publications pertaining to creative and cultural industries. Members are drawn from school staff and those associated with the ‘Interactive Cultures’ Research Centre and those from local creative industry agencies and indeed from the industries themselves. The group work in much the same way as many informal book groups do: a member nominates a work for all to read and presents their review at the next meeting.