Conference 2018: ‘Change and continuity’

University of Lancaster, 9–10 September 2018

The essential practice of indexing remains the same – analysing the text, devising headings and structuring the index to enable users to access the information as easily as possible. But the business of working as a professional indexer has changed out of all recognition since the Society was founded in 1957 – and it continues to change.  Through a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops and seminars, this year’s conference, with its twin themes of change and continuity, aims to help you hone your existing skills and find out about new techniques. Running alongside the conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), the event will enable you to network and socialise with a wider range of publishing freelancers.

Conference venue


The conference will be held at the University of Lancaster in the Charles Carter Building, with B&B in Cartmel College and Barker House Farm (see the campus map). The university is set on an attractive campus a few miles from the centre of this historic town, with good communications by road, rail and air (only 2.5 hours from London by train).

Booking arrangements

Booking has now closed.

Conference programme

The final programme can be downloaded here. Following registration and tea/coffee (from 3 p.m.), the conference will begin on Sunday afternoon with a set of informal ‘ice-breaking’ discussion groups, followed by a plenary session with Professor Tony McEnery from Lancaster University. There will also be opportunities to meet up with local group members and/or social media contacts. The evening drinks reception and gala dinner will be a joint event with the SfEP, with SI President Sam Leith as after-dinner speaker.

Monday morning will be devoted to a variety of workshops and seminars followed by the AGM and ‘Society Business’ discussion. During the afternoon there will be a joint plenary with the SfEP and a session on ebooks and embedded indexing that will help you to understand the options available in this fast-changing field.

Booking for workshops and seminars is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.

Pre-conference workshop

A pre-conference workshop, ‘Taking the plunge’, for newly and nearly qualified indexers will take place on Sunday 9 September, starting at 11 a.m. The price of £87.50 includes lunch. More information and link to booking form on the workshops page.