The fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues will be held in St Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham, 6-8 July, 2018

IMPORTANT: Please do not book travel or accommodation until we’ve officially stated (on this website) that the conference is definitely going ahead. We shall do this at the earliest opportunity, following receipts of sufficient £22.00 deposits (see below). You will be informed as soon as anyone else if you subscribe to this website’s auto-notifications.

Justice for Men & Boys is a British political party. Since our launch in 2013 we’ve been the only party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys on many fronts. In 2016 we hosted the very successful second International Conference on Men’s Issues, and we’ll be hosting the next conference, the fourth in the series, in association with A Voice for Men.

The list of conference speakers announced so far is here. We’ll update it as new speakers are confirmed, we’re aiming for a total of 16.

We’ve booked an outstanding venue for the conference, in Birmingham, over 6-8 July, 2018.

We’re confident the conference will be the biggest, most interactive, and simply the best conference in the series to date. It will be held in St Andrew’s Stadium, the home of Birmingham City Football Club. The club’s website is here, the page on conferences and events here, the brochure on the venue’s rooms etc. here. The brochure includes information on room capacities. Mike Buchanan is your guide in a video tour (18:13) of the venue – here.

We’ve booked the venue over the three days of the conference, it consists of the following rooms:

    • Legends’ Lounge (main room for presentations)
    • Jasper Carrott Suite (breakouts, dinners)
    • International Suite (breakouts)
    • City Room (breakouts)
    • Boardroom (workshops, seminars…)
    • Boardroom Club (lunches, tea and coffee…)
    • 3 x Executive Boxes (18 seats)
    • 13 x Executive Boxes (10 seats)

Collectively these rooms can hold over 1,100 people, seated. The main room for presentations, the Legends’ Lounge, will hold 350 people, seated. Rooms will be available for hire during the conference, click on the Room hire tab for more information.

We need to be sure that a sufficient number of people plan to attend, to make the event financially viable. So we’re starting (as we did with the London conference in 2016) with a request that you make a deposit of £22.00 as soon as possible. The sum will be refunded in full in the unlikely event that the conference doesn’t take place.

Your deposit will guarantee the availability of a ticket. The deadline to pay the £203.00 balance for an Early Bird ticket (£225.00) will be four weeks after the announcement that the conference is definitely going to take place. After the deadline you can pay the balance of £243.00 for a full-price ticket (£265.00) before 24:00 GMT, 31 March. We need to set an early deadline for ordering tickets because we need to ensure we have the money to pay for major outlays such as venue hire, speaker flights, hotel accommodation etc.

You don’t need to have made the £22.00 deposit to later order a ticket, but if you don’t:

  • you won’t be guaranteed ticket availability
  • you’ll be adding to the risk that the conference is cancelled simply because not enough people have paid the deposit to give us confidence about likely attendance numbers

You can pay your £22.00 deposit here:

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Media representatives are invited to apply for tickets, they will only need to pay £31.50 per day, to cover the costs of lunches and light refreshments, as well as the PayPal commission.

Ticket prices are unchanged from the London conference (2016) but this time lunch and light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits, on arrival and during morning and afternoon breaks) will be covered by the ticket price.

You could save the cost of your ticket by having your portrait photographs taken by Mike Stone, a leading British portrait photographer. Details here.

Feel free to suggest additional speakers to those already appearing – we’re planning to have 15 speakers – and/or suggest what you’d like to see happen at the conference. It’s your conference, and we want to make sure you have a great experience. Email Mike Buchanan (mike@j4mb.org.uk) with suggestions for speakers, activities, etc.

International Conferences on Men’s Issues – ICMIs – have been held since 2014, and all have been highly successful. The first was hosted by A Voice for Men, the second and third by J4MB and AVfM respectively, in association with others. Details on the conferences, and links to the presentation videos and other materials, can be found here:

2014 – Detroit, USA

2016 – London, England

2017 – Gold Coast, Australia

We look forward to meeting you in Birmingham, and taking the next step in the battle for the human rights of men and boys.

Please email J4MB (info@j4mb.org.uk) if you have queries on ordering tickets, or any other conference-related matters.

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Two German speakers – Professor Gerhard Amendt and Tom Todd

We’re delighted to announce two new speakers, both Germans – Professor Gerhard Amendt and Tom Todd, details here.

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Mark Pearson will be attending ICMI18

One of the most moving and impactful presentations at last year’s London conference was Mark Pearson’s Facing my Waterloo. I’m delighted to report, with his permission, that Mark will be attending next year’s conference in Birmingham. If you haven’t already paid your £22.00 deposit, we urge you to do so – here.

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ICMI18 dates changed to 6-8 July

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to change the dates of next year’s conference from 13-15 July to 6-8 July. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will be updating materials to reflect the new dates as soon as possible.

If you’re planning to attend the conference and haven’t yet paid your £22.00 deposit, we strongly urge you to do so now. The sooner we have the required number of deposits, giving us confidence that the conference will cover its costs, the sooner we’ll be able to announce it’s definitely going ahead. Until that times comes, please do not make any non-cancellable travel or accommodation commitments.

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An appeal to people planning to attend next year’s conference

We’re really looking forward to next year’s conference, the fourth International Conference on Men’s Issues (July 6-8, in Birmingham). We’ve already had £22.00 ticket deposits from many who attended the London conference last year. They tell us that the talks were only one element in the overall conference experience. The opportunity to spend three days in the company of people with similar interests and concerns was, for many of them, the biggest reward. Many new friendships were forged.

Deposits have been sent by people living in a number of countries, including:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Finland

We expect that most conference attendees, as at the London conference last year, will be British – so this appeal is mainly directed at them. We need to be confident that a sufficient number of people will attend the next conference, for it to be financially viable. So we’ve started (as we did with the London conference) with a request that you make a deposit of £22.00 as soon as possible. The sum will be refunded in full in the highly unlikely event that the conference doesn’t take place.

Your deposit will guarantee the availability of a ticket, an Early Bird ticket if you wish. The deadline to pay the £203.00 balance for an Early Bird ticket (£225.00) will be four weeks after the announcement that the conference is definitely going to take place. After the deadline you can pay the balance of £243.00 before 24:00 GMT 7 April, during which time tickets will be priced at £265.00. We need to set an early deadline for ordering tickets because we need to ensure we have the money to pay for major outlays such as venue hire, speaker flights, hotel accommodation etc.

You don’t need to have made the £22.00 deposit to later order a ticket, but if you don’t:

  • you won’t be guaranteed ticket availability
  • you’ll be adding to the risk that the conference is cancelled simply because not enough people have paid the deposit to give us confidence about likely attendance numbers

You can pay your £22.00 deposit here:

PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!

If you have any queries regarding the conference, or ordering tickets, please contact me (mike@j4mb.org.uk).

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How to save the cost of your ICMI18 ticket

At last year’s London conference we were fortunate to have the services of a leading British portrait photographer, Mike Stone. His website is here. A small selection from his portfolio of photographs of famous people:

Gordon Ramsay, restauranteur:

Paul Smith, English fashion designer:

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-16):

Sir Stuart Rose, English businessman, life peer, former executive chairman of Marks & Spencer:

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft:

Sir James Dyson, designer, founder of the Dyson company:

John Negroponte, British-born American diplomat:

Sir Mark Weinberg, South African-born British financier:

Sheikh Yamani, Saudi Arabian politician:

Some of the photographs Mike took of speakers and others at the London conference:

Erin Pizzey, who needs no introduction:

Paul Elam, likewise:

Guttorm Grundt:

Jan Olav Flottorp:

Janet Bloomfield (JudgyBitch):

Josh O’Brien:

Paul Apreda:

Mike Buchanan:

So, what has all this to do with you potentially saving the cost of your ICMI18 ticket? Mike normally charges £400.00 for a 20-25 minute session, after which he provides a selection of edited high resolution colour or B&W digital images with all usage rights included. At the conference he is prepared to charge attendees just £99.00, which will save you more than the cost of even the full-price conference ticket (£265.00, the Early Bird tickets will cost only £225.00).

We anticipate that only a proportion of conference delegates wishing to avail themselves of Mike’s offer will be able to do so, before his time at the conference is fully booked. If you wish to take up his offer, you’ll need first to pay a £22.00 deposit, fully refundable in the highly unlikely event that the conference doesn’t proceed – here. Then you can contact Mike (mike@mikestone.co.uk) to book an appointment. Take it from me, he’s a pleasure to work with. Even people who are uncomfortable having their photographs taken soon feel at ease with Mike. I should know, I’m one of them.

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£22.00 deposits required to guarantee ticket availability for ICMI18

We need to be confident that a sufficient number of people will attend the conference for it to be financially viable. So we’ve started (as we did with the London conference in 2016) with a request that you make a deposit of £22.00 as soon as possible. The sum will be refunded in full in the unlikely event that the conference doesn’t take place.

Your deposit will guarantee the availability of a ticket. Early Bird tickets – £225.00 – will be available for four weeks after the announcement that the conference is definitely going to take place, so you will need to pay the balance of £203 during that period. After the deadline tickets will be priced at £265, you’ll need to pay the balance of £243.00 before 24:00 GMT 7 April. We need to set an early deadline for ordering tickets because we need to ensure we have the money to pay for major outlays such as venue hire, speaker flights, hotel accommodation etc.

You don’t need to have made the £22.00 deposit to later order a ticket, but if you don’t:

  • you won’t be guaranteed ticket availability
  • you’ll be adding to the risk that the conference is cancelled simply because not enough people have paid the deposit to give us confidence about likely attendance numbers

You can pay your £22.00 deposit here:

PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!

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Help us promote ICMI18 outside the venue: Birmingham City FC v Aston Villa FC, Sunday, 29 October

In four weeks’ time we’ll be promoting the conference outside the venue where it will be held – St Andrew’s Stadium, the home of Birmingham City FC. The game will be a big local derby, against Aston Villa FC. We’ll be engaging with fans, handing out leaflets, and holding placards (printed both sides, no expense spared). We invite you to join us. To ensure we have enough placards and leaflets, please let us know (info@j4mb.org.uk) if you’ll be attending. Thanks.

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