Conference Committee

The BASAS 2021 annual conference is organised by a committee of staff, PhD students and professional services colleagues from the University of Edinburgh. 

Conference Co-chairs

Dr Talat Ahmed
Dr Hugo Gorringe

Organising Commitee
Helene Frossling Mattsson
Silvia Genovese
Anisha George 
Sukaina Husain 
Dr Hephzibah Israel
Prof Patricia Jeffery
Kartikeya Kumar
Isha Mangurkar
Dr Jeevan Sharma
Dr Ayaz Qureshi
Prof Wilfried Swenden

You can contact the committee by email:

Conference platforms

This conference will primarily use two online platforms: Zoom (Meetings), and MS Teams. Attendees do not need to purchase any license in order to use these platforms: you can access the conference supported by the University of Edinburgh’s licenses. For the best experience of both platforms, we strongly recommend using a laptop or desktop computer. It is also possible to access with mobile devices / tablet computers; however, using mobile devices may limit some functionality.

We will invite all speakers to test sessions which aim to familiarise everyone with the platforms, as well as ironing out any issues in advance to have a smooth running conference. The test sessions are presently planned to take place in early April 2021.

Conference accessibility

Coming soon.



We have gathered some of the most frequent questions that we are asked.

Whilst we very much hope that the pandemic will be past the worst in 2021 we have decided to plan for an online event for the following reasons. It is clear, as of now, that the pandemic has not yet reached its peak in many parts of the globe including South Asia. Simultaneously, European countries that were emerging from lockdown have experienced significant spikes in recent weeks. International travel continues to be uncertain and fraught with risk – if only that you may need to self-isolate on arrival or return.

We did not want to be in a position where we either had to cancel the event or deter delegates from particular countries from attending. We also hope to make the conference as accessible, safe and welcoming as possible to all irrespective of age, health-conditions and location. We also recognise the environmental benefits of reduced travel,

We are working with IT colleagues at the University to ensure that colleagues will be able to present their work to, and discuss it with, an audience. Talks will also be recorded and stored on a secure website for the duration of the conference to enable those who could not make the session or who experienced IT issues, to listen in at a later point. Questions will be taken in person and can be posted using the ‘chat’ function.

Whilst the informal sociality of a live event will be missing, we are aiming to maximise the opportunities for delegates to interact and engage in conversations. Delegates will be able to message each other through the conference platform – allowing people to ask follow-up questions, or connect through video-links. Time will be allocated to enable panels and/or research clusters to interact to discuss common interests.

Although we do need to charge in order to cover IT costs, and charges will depend on numbers of delegates, the conference will be considerably cheaper than normal, and costs will be finalised before you need to register. As always, you will also need BASAS membership to take part.

Papers and panels that could not be presented at BASAS2020 will be reviewed by the BASAS2021 organisers, alongside new paper and panel proposals in response to the call from Edinburgh. If you wish your original paper or panel to be considered for BASAS 2021, please let the organisers know.

Registration will open once the call for papers is complete and we have a sense of how many people will participate.