The world has changed since UKNOF45 in January 2020. This time we’re back in Manchester Central, but while the venue is the same great venue we’ve used before, some things are different and this is a summary of what is new and what is not.

We had a few questions about what has changed and why, so here is a summary and explanation.

Registration

You only need to register if you want to join us in-person in Manchester. Our partner, Bogons, will be streaming the event live and you neither need to register nor pay to watch the stream.

If you are joining us in Manchester you’ll need to register. We want you to register as early as possible because the venue needs to know participant numbers two weeks beforehand. We are not charging for registrations made by Sunday, 7 November. Registrations made from Monday, 8 November will be charged a ₤50 (plus VAT and Eventbrite fees) late registration fee.

Catering

While the pandemic is still upon us, and the safety of our community is paramount, we have asked the venue to provide boxed lunches and these need to be ordered ahead of time and are charged as an added extra for those who want them.

While there is a charge for a boxed lunch, hot drinks will be provided during the whole session and any breaks without charge.

On Thursday evening, we will hold the Pints n’ Packets social, and this will be a “cash” bar. We are doing this so that those who wish to mingle and network can do, as we are aware this is an important factor in in-person meetings.

COVID-19 Protocol

As we previously communicated, you’ll need to show proof of vaccination via the NHS app or an international equivalent. People who cannot demonstrate proof of vaccination will be turned away.

The venue is well ventilated with air drawn from outdoors and has demonstrated that it meets both CIBSE and HSE requirements.

We strongly encourage everyone attending to take a free Lateral Flow Test before they arrive, and stay away if they test positive for COVID-19. Similarly, we encourage people to wear a mask during formal meeting sessions, and to comply with any other venue safety measures.

Agenda

The agenda is new at each meeting. The Programme Committee is finalising an exciting spread of talks across both days. Some speakers will be in Manchester and some will be joining over the Internet.

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