Speaker Guidelines: Data Governance Conference Europe

Call For Speakers

Data Governance Conference Europe 2018, 14-17 May 2018, London, UK

Deadline for submissions extended to 23 November 2017

You can apply to speak via the link at the bottom of this page

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the 11 th Annual Data Governance Conference, Europe scheduled for 14-17 May 2018 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, UK .  The conference is produced by IRM UK. This event will be co-located with the 13th Annual Master Data Management Summit 2018.

The Data Governance Conference Europe will focus on all aspects of data governance from beginning a data governance function, improving and sustaining your data governance program to achieving data governance maturity. This includes both the Big and Small Data governance.

We are interested in proposals for novices as well as advanced sessions that focus on case studies, lessons learned, success stories, strategies and methodologies relating to data governance. We encourage novice presenters as well as professional presenters to submit proposals for this event.

Presentations may be proposed in the following categories:
  • Conference Sessions (45 Minutes)
  • Panels (45 Minutes)
  • Full/Half day Tutorials (3/6 Hours)
  • Keynote
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Building the business case and gaining executive support for data governance
  • Defining information value
  • Selling data governance
  • Data story telling
  • Getting acceptance for your data governance initiative
  • Case studies and data governance success stories
  • Getting started with data governance and developing a data governance strategy
  • Best practices for data governance
  • Pitfalls and roadblocks to avoid in data governance deployments
  • The impact of GDPR on you data governance program
  • Performing data risk assessments
  • Supporting compliance with Data Governance
  • Data Privacy and the role of the Data Protection Officer
  • Governance, risk and compliance
  • Legal, privacy & compliance
  • Enterprise data security
  • The impact of new legislation on your organisation
  • Agile & Data Governance
  • Approaches and methodologies for data governance
  • Data Policies and Standards
  • Sustaining your governance initiative
  • Business Glossaries
  • Managing the Information Life-cycle
  • Information governance for unstructured content
  • Data governance and master data management
  • Metadata governance
  • Defining metadata models
  • Effective uses of data governance tooling to support your initiatives.
  • Governing your data lake
  • Big Data and data governance
  • Metrics and measurements for evaluating your data governance program
  • Data Profiling
  • Data quality
  • Integrating Information into your risk framework
  • Data governance organisation structures
  • Data governance roles and career paths
  • Role of communications in successful data governance initiatives
  • Stewardship
  • The Chief Data Officer and governance
  • Data governance as a component of data and information strategies
  • Data governance strategies for global organizations
  • Tools for data governance e.g. templates, scorecards
  • Value propositions of supporting your data governance with tools
  • Future trends in data governance
  • Effective techniques for enabling change
  • Governing digital content

Please read the following Guidelines below before preparing your submitting your abstract using the link at the bottom of this page

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available – Please contact Shane Mcglynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk.

Speaker Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully before you make your submission, and ensure it reaches us by 23 November 2017.

We are looking for:

a) 45 minute conference sessions

b) Pre- and Post-conference workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)

c) Keynotes

d) Panels (45 mins)

We expect to receive a large number of submissions for this conference, and take a wide range of factors into account in making selections, including the need to provide a balanced programme. A shortlist of the most promising abstracts is sent to a programme committee for revue before a final decision is made.

Please submit your abstract directly on our website using the submission form link at the bottom of this page. You may submit more than one abstract.

Your abstract should keep to the limit of 150 words, clearly outlining your content.  you should also include 3 bullet points at the end to summarise your key messages as to what delegates will learn.

Bear in mind that your abstract needs to be sufficiently polished for inclusion in the conference brochure and must achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation you can include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity in the subject matter.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.


  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Use the bullet points to highlight the key ‘takeaways’.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Push the envelope. Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic (e.g. EA, information architecture or software), you should position it clearly in the overall conference theme.


  • ‘Pitching’ specific products.
  • Exceeding the word count limit.
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available.
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions.
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at other conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section 3C of the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission.

Please note that abstracts which are longer than the specified length may be shortlisted, but will be edited down by us to fit the brochure and presented back to you for approval.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by the middle of  December 2017

Click here to submit your proposal in the Application Form Section

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available – Please contact Shane McGlynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk.