As you may have observed from the ticker on the top right of this site, the asi conferences in Budapest are just over two months away – 2nd to 4th November to be precise. We have been working away with the session chairs to develop the themes, the papers and the running orders and you can see the agendas here as well as booking your tickets and hotel details.

The main theme for the International Radio & Audio Conference is radio in the wider competitive set of audio and more specifically a focus on millennials. Will they change their audio listening habits as they get older or will they carry their current behaviour through into later life?  Speakers include BBC, Spotify, RAJAR & US audio experts Edison.

With a growing consensus around hybrid measurement systems, the International Television & Video Conference will be focusing on how those systems are being constructed and in particular the issue around access to data itself. The conference will culminate in a debate, ‘Who’s data is it anyway?’, in which I will be moderating a panel discussing the merits of industry currencies and collaboration. Is data something to be shared for the common good or a weapon to be jealously guarded? That debate will feature senior representatives from Google, BARB, Liberty Global, AGF, Sky and Facebook.

We will be previewing a number of the speakers on the asiCast podcast ( you can check past editions here – amazingly we are already up to issue 35).

I hope to see many of you in Budapest. This will be my fourth conference there, after MRG, ESOMAR and a Kantar event. The last time I was there in 2010 coincided with the Icelandic volcano erupting and we eventually got back to the UK via a memorable 28 hour coach journey. Some footage exists of myself and Jenny Beck blearily singing Kraftwerk’s Autobahn somewhere in Germany in the small hours. Don’t let that put you off though!