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Exhibit, sponsor, advertise

01 Exhibit

Exhibiting presents you with a fantastic opportunity to meet with a wide range of International Studies professionals. Our delegates are predominately scholars and practitioners from a wide range of International Studies fields, but will also include a variety of other interested parties. We expect in excess of 700 delegates from around the world.

This year, our conference will take place in Birmingham - a leading business, cultural and major events destination. In 2022 Birmingham hosted the Commonwealth Games, and there are a range of activities to enjoy. Find out more about the city and location on our 'About the conference' page.

The conference will be held across five fantastic venues in Centenary Square. The exhibitor hall will be located at the Hyatt Regency hotel - the main hub of the conference. Whilst some of you may have concerns about footfall at a multi-venue event, we have made sure that all refreshment breaks, registration and many panels/roundtables, including the keynotes and prize giving, are held at the Hyatt, In addition, lunch will be held there on Friday 7 June, and there will be tables and chairs in the exhibitor hall throughout the conference for delegates to use the space to work, relax and socialise when they are not in panels.

We will have up to 30 exhibitor stands available. The conference exhibition will run alongside our three-day event, with conference rooms adjacent to the hall. We intend to open the exhibition at the first refreshment break on the Wednesday, and keep it open during conference hours until the final refreshment break on the Friday afternoon. This maximises your time with our delegates but also gives you a chance to set up and take down your stand.


Option A: 3-day Exhibition Stand: £750 plus VAT

(Stands may remain in place for the full three days)

The fees include:

  • One 6 ft trestle table
  • Two chairs
  • One poster/pin board
  • Exhibitor name sign on table
  • Refreshments and lunch on all days for up to two exhibitor representatives (if you require more than two representatives an additional fee of £70pp will apply)
  • Invitation for two named representatives to register to attend the BISA evening reception on Wednesday 5 June from 6.45pm
  • Two bespoke tweets
  • Your logo in the footer of every conference website page. New for 2024 the logos will all be clickable to direct site users to a url of your choice
  • Your logo in pre-conference email marketing (there are x3 emails to be sent, the first in January 2023 to our full mailing list, and second/third in June 2023 to all conference delegates). These logos are not clickable
  • Your logo and up to 100 words in our in-conference email sent to all delegates on the first day of the conference, alongside a url of your choice
  • Your logo on a banner at the entrance to the exhibitor hall.

Option B: 3-day Enhanced Exhibition Stand: £950 plus VAT (Only two packages available) *NOW SOLD OUT

All items listed in Option A, plus:

  • Sponsorship of a keynote (exhibitor name in programme, slide displayed on screen at the beginning of the event, your pull up or similar branded banners in the event room (these must be provided by you). The two keynote speakers for 2024 are Tarak Barkawi (war and empire specialist) and Ed Hall (gay and lesbian rights activist). Please note in the your booking form if you have a preference for which your company should sponsor
  • Larger logo in a more prominent position in the conference website footer (clickable)
  • A clickable jpg advert placed in one of our newsletters and one of our events round up emails between February and July. These are sent to around 4,500 people.

Additional information and delivery

Please note that electricity sockets may not be available at each stand but there will be charging stations around the room. Should you have a requirement for electricity at your stand, please indicate this clearly on the exhibitor booking form.

Delivery and collection of exhibitor items must be arranged by the exhibitor. Further instructions will be sent to you nearer the date of the conference.

COVID-19 - In the event that the conference has to take place virtually we will shift exhibitor packages online, and we will offer a partial refund to reflect this. All online elements of your package would be honoured.

Exhibitor book launches, panels and receptions

Do you want to hold a reception or similar event at your stand? Please let us know your requirements during the package booking process. Any catering required will be chargeable in addition to your package booking.

Alternatively, you may wish to reserve a separate room for a panel, reception or other event. In this case, please complete our ‘Reserve a room’ request form below, in addition to booking your package. Please note that there is an additional charge for booking a room as well as any catering required.

02 Advertising

If you don’t want to exhibit this year, you can still raise your profile by advertising with us.

Option 1: £300 – Your logo in the footer of every conference website page (clicks through to a url of your choice), as well as in a minimum of two pre-conference emails to be sent between January and June 2023 to all conference delegates (not clickable). A clickable jpg advert placed in one of our newsletters and one of our events round up emails between February and July. These are sent to around 4,500 people.

Option 2: £400 – Everything listed in option 1, plus your leaflets and/or a pull up stand in the exhibition hall. You will need to supply the leaflets and/or stand and have them sent to and collected from the venue (or we can dispose of anything remaining).

For more information and to book contact the BISA Office:

03 Sponsorship

We have a variety of different sponsorship opportunities available to everyone, whether you’re exhibiting or not. These include sponsorship of our breaks and lunches. 

Sponsorship of the following is on offer for 2024:

  • our professional development day for up to 60 postgraduate and early-career researchers (Tuesday 4 June 2024)
  • our learning and teaching development day for up to 40 mid-career academics (Tuesday 4 June 2024)
  • all day catering sponsorship (lunch and coffee breaks)
  • the conference reception
  • lanyards for delegate registration badges.

If you have your own sponsorship suggestions, we would be happy to hear them. To discuss further please contact BISA Director/CEO Juliet Dryden: