Our cookies are generated by well-known, long-established companies, for example WordPress, StatCounter, Google, Mailchimp, Surveymonkey (these companies may change without notification). Our cookies are primarily used for technical and statistical reasons and they provide a log of technical information that is used to be able to provide you with a functional website and a good user experience. The technical information collected includes elements such as visitors’ browser type (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc), operating system and the resolution of screen so that our website is optimally displayed, which pages are browsed so that we know which ones are more popular.
The systems we use log the internet IP address of visitors to our websites. The IP address helps us to know which country or region the website visitor was based in and which helps us to determine the level of interest in, and general geographical location of people who may be interested in attending our conferences / events. We do not actively lookup further details of IP addresses beyond their geographical location, except occasionally for reasons of IT security and technical analysis, if for example, we suspect a hacking attempt and we would need to liaise with relevant organisations to identify its source and to allow us to protect our systems.
Cookies also help us to improve our websites. For example, the statistics have helped us to notice that we have visitors from many different countries, therefore, we are considering providing other language versions in the future.
Our systems log if a visitor to our websites was referred from another website, or came via a Google search or other search engine enquiry. We look at this information periodically to help us to assess the success of our communication and promotional efforts.
Some cookie types or services can provide website owners with more in-depth information. We do not subscribe for more detailed analytical / behavioural services which Google Analytics offers because we do not have a need nor desire to use advanced analytics.
Updated 13 November 2020