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26 June 2009

PLASA09 Education & Learning Programme Unveiled

Gottelier Award Winner John Stadius to present PLASA Masterclass as programme grows

PLASA Events has confirmed some of the industry names that will headline its 2009 PLASA Education & Learning Programme, which runs throughout the PLASA Show from 13-16 September at Earls Court in London.

Leading the programme will be the 2009 Gottelier Masterclass presented by last year's Gottelier Award Winner, John Stadius of Soundtracs/DiGiCo. Stadius is a highly respected name in audio circles, and will describe his early days in the industry, the formative years of analogue console design, the move to digital, the influence of the SHARC processor and how the latest generation of chip technology has removed historical restrictions on console design leading to new possibilities for the future. This Masterclass will take place at the show on Monday 14 September at 3.00pm, just in advance of the PLASA Innovation Awards Ceremony that evening.

2009 will also see the return of former Gottelier Masterclass presenter Tony Andrews, of loudspeaker designers Funktion One. Tony was the first recipient of the Gottelier Award in 2007, and he will present a debate on technologies for DJs – "The Importance of Sound Quality", a presentation about the detrimental effect of convenience technology on music sound quality, how to reverse this trend and why high fidelity is important. This will be presented at 5.00pm on Sunday 13 September.

These presentations trail-blaze a full seminar and workshop programme which will feature both product-led sessions and discussions on industry issues. "There is a hunger for seminars that really help people expand their knowledge and horizons," said PLASA Events' Sophie Atkinson, "and we will have a mixture of very broad-brush issues, such as the convergence of lighting and video, along with tightly focused applications seminars, such as the 'Loudspeakers, Rooms and Listeners' presentation by Peter Mapp."

Other seminars cover such topics as speech intelligibility, ArtNet in large scale applications, line array optimisation, sustainability and BS8901, together with a strand of InfoComm sessions on planning and lighting live meetings and the highly successful range of Technologies for Worship seminars running throughout the four day show. Other organisations contributing to the seminar programme will include ABTT, The Theatres Trust and key industry publication Installation Europe.

Entrance to most sessions is free to registered show visitors, however, many seminars were over-subscribed in 2008 so visitors are encouraged to book seats now via the show's website. Pre-registration for the show is open offering a 50% admission price discount for online booking.

The PLASA Education & Learning Programme will accompany hundreds of new product launches during the four days of PLASA09 – the primary reason that two thirds of visitors cite as their motivation to visit the show. Despite the uncertain economic climate, there is every indication that there will be a host of new products on show at PLASA09 in every major product category and market sector as companies continue their commitment to drive R&D and emerging technologies in the industry.

Once again the show will provide industry-leading facilities for networking, talking business and socialising. These include the PLASA Bar, Member's Lounge, dedicated meeting areas in Earls Court 2 with a wi-fi zone, media lounge and more. As in previous years the PLASA Bar will remain open until 8pm on the first three nights, with the PLASA Awards for Innovation presentation taking place on the Monday evening.

Despite the toughest trading conditions for a generation, organisers PLASA Events say that visitor pre-registrations are equal to last year's (when the show saw a marked increase in actual visitors attending) and with over 80 per cent of stand space booked, the signs bode well for a strong business event again this year.

PLASA Show director Nicky Rowland commented: "We're very aware that the industry needs effective events to act as a stimulus to market recovery. The past 12 months have shown how valuable trade shows can be in keeping business flowing and there's a major gain to be had in the industry coming together to showcase its new technologies and expertise, as well as to share solutions addressing the current situation. And a strong Education & Learning programme running throughout the show complements these intentions perfectly."

PLASA09 opens on Sunday 13 September at Earls Court in London.

PROVISIONAL PLASA EDUCATION & LEARNING PROGRAMME at PLASA09, 13-16 September 2009. (SEE FOR FULL DETAILS AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE): Video and Lighting are destined to merge - Wireless DMX, presented by Wireless Solutions - Speech Intelligibility in Multi-Source Environments, presented by IoA - ArtNet in large scale applications, presented by Artistic Licence - Gottelier Masterclass with John Stadius - PLASA Masterclasss with Tony Andrews, The Importance of Sound Quality - Real-world Line Array Optimisation, presented by IoA - Sustainability: A Guide to BS8901, presented by Sustainable Events Group - Loudspeakers, Rooms and Listeners, presented by Peter Mapp - Planning for Live Meetings, presented by InfoComm - Lighting Live Meetings for, presented by InfoComm - EVS212 Staging and Event Management Three Day Course, run by InfoComm (fee payable).

Technologies for Worship Programme subjects include: Case Study of UK Churches - Loudspeakers in Worship - Power Conscious Lighting for Worship - Theatrical Lighting Design for Worship

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.