SPR 30th Anniversary Conference

SPR 30th Anniversary Conference

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Cass Business School

106 Bunhill Row



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2017 marks our Society’s 30th anniversary since inception. To honour this landmark birthday, we are holding a special one-day conference. The keynote session features three of our Fellows looking at the changing face of property research, followed by a panel about required researcher skills 30 years from now. A group breakout session will then debate our role in the context of trends that are impacting our profession, including climate change, policy, the internet and demographics. The closing keynote presentation will be given by Stian Westlake, Policy Adviser to the Minister of State for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. The day will culminate with celebratory drinks. Please register to join us at Cass Business School on 7th September 2017.

Agenda for the day is as follows:




8.30 - 9.00

Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 - 9.15

Welcome and introductions

Vanessa Muscarà - SPR Chair

Andrew Smith - Conference Chair

9.15 – 9.45

Opening Keynote

30 years of property research. What is still the same? What has changed?

Paul McNamara - Fellow

Bryan MacGregor - Fellow, Aberdeen University

Peter Damesick - Fellow

9.45 – 10.15

The Next Thirty Years: What We Know, What We Think We Know and What We Don’t Know + Q&A

Richard Barras – PMA and Bartlett School, UCL

10.15 – 10.45

Coffee Break

10.45 - 11.45

Papers Presentation 1: Data – the next disruption

Papers Presentation 2: Research redefined

Bob Thompson - Remit Consulting

Matthew Richardson - Fidelity

11.45 – 12.45

Panel: Will property researchers be required 30 years from now?

  • Lessons learnt/future game changers/threats to the profession
  • Future skills required/routes into the profession
  • Where can your academic/professional background direct your career?

Christopher Mackenzie - Cobalt, Moderator

Joanna Turner - Canada Life

Elaine Rossall – Cushman & Wakefield

Simon Martin - Tristan Capital

Richard Gwilliam – M&G Real Estate

12.45– 14.00


14.00 – 14.10

30 years from now - Demography, Policy, Climate Change and the Internet: how will these drivers impact our industry?

Gerry Blundell – SPR Fellow

14.10 – 14.15

Kick-off breakout session

Mark Bruno – Datscha

14.15 – 15.15

Breakout session (delegates split into themed groups)

What are the implications for research and researchers?

Group leaders:

  • Demography – Yolande Barnes - Savills
  • Policy – Mark Callender - Schroders
  • Climate – Miles Keeping - Hillbreak
  • Internet – Kevin Mofid - Savills

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee Break

15.45 - 16.20

Conclusions from breakout sessions

Mark Bruno - Datscha

16.20 - 16.50

Closing Keynote – Future paradigms for research + Q&A

Stian Westlake- Policy Adviser, Minister of State for Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation

16.50 – 17.00

Conference closing

Andrew Smith – Conference Chair

17.00 – 18.30

Networking Drinks Reception

If you have any questions or problems booking please email rita@sprweb.com

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