Going off the grid: Can employees really switch off during travel? 9 Mar 2016

Wednesday 9th March, 12:00 - 17:00pm
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.

BU BN eventTechnologies have had a massive impact on society and transformed how we work, live and experience travel. Social and mobile technologies have particularly enabled people to connect on an unprecedented scale, with any device, anywhere and at any time. While technologies enhance our professional and private lives in numerous ways, there is increasing evidence that people are no longer ‘switching off’. Leisure travel, grounded in the motivation of escapism and the reversal of everyday life, has traditionally had the purpose to switch off, refresh and restore body and mind. What happens however if ‘going off the grid’ is no longer an option in our hyper-connected and work-centred lifestyles?

This workshop aims to open a debate on changed work life balance realities in a digital world. It engages academics, tourism, technology and HR professionals, students and the public in a dialogue about the wider challenges and expectations towards connectivity of employees in the context of travel. Registration is open.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for more information.

Programme: A series of cutting-edge presentations followed by an interactive panel discussion.

Time Speakers
12.00-12.30 Arrival and Registration at Kimmeridge House Foyer
12.30-13.00 Welcome and workshop opening
© Prof Keith Wilkes (Dean of Faculty of Management)
Welcome to Bournemouth University
© Dr Barbara Neuhofer and Prof Adele Ladkin (Event Organisers and Chairs)
Welcome and event opening
13.00-15.00 Presentations: “Going off the Grid: Challenges and expectations of employee connectivity during travel.”
  Keynote speech: TBC
© Dr Zornitza Yovcheva (Augmented Reality Expert and User Experience Consultant, WeAreExperience London): The future is a connected life: Wearable technologies and ubiquitous connectivity
© Prof Dimitrios Buhalis (Director eTourismLab, Bournemouth University): To connect or not to connect: Is this a question?
© Dr Lauren Kita (Mindfulness Therapist and Research Psychologist, Bournemouth University): Switching off: The importance of disconnecting for restoration of body and mind during travel
© Dr Juliet Jain (Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England): Connected or disconnected? Technology, travel and wellbeing
© Claire Steiner (Institute of Travel & Tourism): Strategies to switch-off: A human resources perspective
  Graham Wason (All being well) Technology and wellbeing
  Olivia O’Sullivan (Green House Hotel) TBC
15.00-15.30 Networking Coffee-break
15.30-16.30 Moderated panel discussion and interactive Q&A session with the audience, discussing the question: “Switching off from technology and work on holiday: Future necessity or pure luxury?”
16.30-late Evening Reception


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