Want to know about the most interesting conferences and awards, where the best networking opportunities are and where to go to have some industry-fuelled fun? Here's a guide to the best events of the coming year: 13 MAY D&AD talentpool launch Log on to www.dandad. org/talentpool for the online launch of D&AD talentpool, a network and showcase of the world's best emerging talent in design and advertising. 13-26 MAY 28 JUNE-1 JULY D&AD Congress A three-week celebration of design and advertising, for everyone with a stake in creativity. The programme includes: 17-19 MAY Sector Showcases Three exhibitions showcasing D&AD Awards entries in the automotive, fashion and telecoms sectors. 22-23 MAY D&AD Awards Nominations Exhibition A free exhibition of all work nominated for the D&AD Awards. There will also be free tours for schools and students by leading creatives. 24-25 MAY Billingsgate Lectures The film director and producer Sir Alan Parker is interviewed by Richard Seymour. Dr John Kao, the first professor of creativity at Harvard, is introduced by Lord Heseltine and speaks on "transcending innovation". 24-25 MAY D&AD Workout Two days of practical workshops that give clients and creatives a chance to flex their creative muscles. 26 MAY D&AD Awards The D&AD Award winners, selected from the 23,000 items entered from 58 nations, will be announced before an audience of 1,700 at a glittering ceremony and dinner. 28-30 JUNE D&AD New Blood Exhibition and Events Showcasing the best graduate work from more than 70 colleges as well as exhibitions of D&AD Student Awards Nominations and D&AD Award winners. Includes five Lifeblood Lectures, Portfolio Surgeries, The Clinic, a networking session for educators and industry, and D&AD Awards Review talk. 1 JULY D&AD training and advice sessions for graduates and young creatives Sessions will cover copyright and protection, starting up in business, presentation skills, interview techniques, portfolio development and opportunities to speak directly with senior practitioners. 1 JULY D&AD Student Awards Selected from a record 2,500 entries, the winners of the D&AD Student Pencils, a prize pot of almost £70,000 and three WPP bursaries will be announced before an audience of industry professionals. The D&AD Student Awards Annual, which is sent to 3,000 leading creatives is also launched. By invitation only. All of these events will be held at D&AD Congress, Billingsgate, 16 Lower Thames Street, London EC3. For information, log on to www.dandad.org/congress, or contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 7840 1139 5 JULY Campaign Direct Awards Campaign celebrates creative work in direct marketing. Winners will be announced in front of an audience of the most important creative direct marketing agencies at Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 8267 4090 1-3 SEPTEMBER D&AD Xchange: a programme for course leaders and tutors A three-day forum presenting the latest trends and thinking from the creative industries to fire up course leaders and tutors before the start of term. This year's line-up includes Jonathan Barnbrook and Leon Jaume, the joint executive creative director at WCRS. For more information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 7840 1149 20 SEPTEMBER Marketing Design Awards These awards championing all agencies and consultancies that contribute to the strength of a brand through creative design and execution will be staged at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 8267 4017 SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER D&AD President's Forums and Lectures Nick Bell, the creative director of J. Walter Thompson, will open this second series of forums and lectures, which aim to tackle some of the big issues and hot debates facing the creative industries. For further information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 7840 1135 OCTOBER D&AD Student Awards 2005: call for entries These awards highlight the best student talent and promote it to leading design and advertising professionals. Each year, D&AD works with leading brands to set briefs. The range of disciplines includes: ambient media, environmental design, direct mail and graphic design. Download the briefs at www.dandad.org. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 7840 1113 13 OCTOBER Campaign Poster Awards These are the only awards focusing solely on creative outdoor ads, including format and industry sector categories, as well as recognising innovative use and ambient work. The judging panel consists of the hottest creative directors and knowledgable clients, together with experts from the outdoor industry. The ceremony and dinner take place in the Great Room at Le Meridien Grosvenor House. For information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 8267 4090 12 OCTOBER Campaign Creative Conference An annual conference looking at creativity in advertising. The conference will be chaired by Caroline Marshall, the editor of Campaign. To be held at The Dorchester. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 8267 4116 NOVEMBER John Gillard Award Winner The winner of this award is selected from the exhibitors at D&AD New Blood and announced at a D&AD President's Forum. For further information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 7840 1118 NOVEMBER D&AD Awards 2005: call for entries D&AD opens for entries for the D&AD Awards 2005, known as the creative industry "Oscars". Enter online at www.dandad.org or via www.beam.tv. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 7840 1123 24 NOVEMBER Campaign Media Awards Awards that recognise work by media agencies and media owners that made a substantial contribution to the success of a campaign. Ideas from media sales teams are rewarded with cash prizes of £1,000. For information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 8267 4090 NOVEMBER D&AD Annual and DVD Showreel 2004 launch Featuring all of the D&AD Award winners plus a wider body of the year's best work. This book is said to set the benchmark of creative excellence. Each year the cover is designed by a different leading creative. Order online at www.dandad.org JANUARY 2005 D&AD annual general meeting As the tenure of Nick Bell ends, Dick Powell, a partner and the creative director of the famous design consultancy Seymour Powell, will step in as the D&AD president and announce his focus on D&AD's remit for 2005. FEBRUARY 2005 Deadline for entries into the D&AD Awards 19 MARCH 2005 Revolution Awards Ceremony The awards for creativity in digital marketing held at The Great Room, Le Meridien Grosvenor House. 24 MARCH 2005 Campaign Press Advertising Awards The Campaign Press Advertising Awards celebrate the best in UK press advertising. The venue is Le Meridien Grosvenor House. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 8267 4090 25 MARCH 2005 Deadline for entries to the D&AD Student Awards and Product Design and Innovation Awards MARCH 2005 BTAA Awards MAY 2005 WPP Bursary judging Three final-year students will be up for a WPP Bursary, which includes £5,000 prize money and a three-month paid work placement, to smooth the path from education to employment. The shortlist will be selected from the D & AD Student Awards nominees and a series of interviews will determine the winners. 15 JUNE 2005 Marketing Society Awards The pinnacle of the awards calendar for marketers is held at Le Meridien Grosvenor House. The awards celebrate leading marketing campaigns, including an appreciation of all marketing techniques and advertising creativity. For information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 8267 4145 ONGOING PROJECTS D&AD Workshops Advertising and Integrated workshops are run throughout the year in London, Scotland, Leeds and Manchester. Participants work to briefs and are critiqued by leading creatives. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 20 7840 1130 D&AD WORKOUT Continual professional development for creatives. A pick-and-mix programme including inspirational sessions, survival skills, craft skills and management skills. For further information, contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 20 7840 1126.
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