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Monday 7 April 2014

BCS 19th annual INSPIRE Conference to be held at Solent

Industry and education experts from around the world will be discussing the latest computer software developments, future needs and research opportunities at a series of international conferences at Southampton Solent University this April.

The British Computer Society (BCS) Quality Specialist Group’s 22nd annual International SQM (Software Quality Management) and 19th annual INSPIRE (International conference for Process Improvement, Research and Education) Conferences will be held on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 April 2014 at the University’s conference centre.

“The aim of these conferences is to encourage the exchange of ideas between industry and academia, for the benefit of both,” says Professor Maggie Ross MBE, research fellow for software quality at Southampton Solent University and Conference Director.

“Over the years, these conferences have helped forge new links leading to industry-based research, successful research bids, opportunities for industrial participation and academic research. Southampton Solent is delighted to play host to this series of events as it provides such good synergy with our strengths in industry-focused research and development in this field,” she added.

On Monday 14 April Industry experts and university representatives from across the globe will attend the 22nd International (SQM) conference. Addressing issues relevant to business, the conference aims to promote a greater understanding between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to share research and practical experience.

Following the conference, delegates from around the world including Spain, China, Finland and Saudi Arabia will attend a Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor of Southampton at the Civic Centre.

On Tuesday 15 April, the 19th Annual INSPIRE conference, organised in conjunction with the BCS, will look at software process improvement related to teaching, training and research.

“Keeping up-to-date with industry developments, sharing ideas and discussing the latest research, enables academics to make lectures relevant to current UK and global ideas, assisting the employability of their students,” says Professor Ross.

Previous conferences have been held in Spain, Sweden, Finland, Crete, Netherlands, and Ireland, and various other universities in the UK.