Conference 2020 :: Congrès 2020 – Newfoundland

ISC/SCI Conference 2020. See St. John’s, Newfoundland

June 12-13, 2020

Murray Premises Hotel

5 Becks Cove

St. John’s, Newfoundland


Join us in the friendliest and most down-to-earth place in Canada for our 2020 conference. For two days and during optional events before and after the conference, you will

  • Discover tips and techniques for your indexing practice
  • Explore new insights and ideas for your business
  • Meet and mingle with your colleagues, old and new

The conference venue is the Murray Premises Hotel, a National Historic Site on the St. John’s waterfront. There are many attractions within walking distance, including excellent restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, and history. We’ve negotiated special room rates for conference attendees.


  • Mary Norris (long-time copy editor at the New Yorker and author) – Keynote
  • Jenny Higgins, Wikipedian-in-Residence at Memorial University
  • Max McMaster on indexes for government
  • Pierke Bosschieter on self-employment
  • Kate Mertes on embedding indexes
  • Glenda Browne on thesaurus and ontology management
  • Christine Jacobs on taking your indexes to the next level
  • Pilar Wyman, Judi Gibb, and Glenda Browne on NISO
  • “Road to the Ewart-Daveluy Award”, panel of past award-winners
  • Indexing software reps
  • Thursday afternoon “Fireside Chat” – long-time indexers share their wisdom with new indexers
  • Sunday workshop: Live Indexing with Kate Mertes

Conference Registration

Coming soon.

Planning your trip

  • Thursday, June 11 – Fireside Chat (something special for new indexers), followed by optional Iceberg Quest Boat Tour (order tickets before April 11) and dinner
  • Friday, June 12 – Sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including Annual General Meeting in the afternoon, followed by awards banquet
  • Saturday, June 13 – Sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by post-conference event
  • Sunday, June 14 – Workshops

St. John’s is North America’s oldest city, and a place that is on many Canadian travellers’ wish lists. Be sure to plan extra days for whale watching and icebergs, visiting picturesque fishing villages, and experiencing traditions of music, story-telling humour, art, craftsmanship, and Newfoundland cuisine.


Note: Breakfast will not be provided at the conference. If you are staying at the Murray Premises Hotel, breakfast is included in your room rate. If you are staying at other accommodations, there are plenty of opportunities to find breakfast on the way to the conference. However there will be tea, coffee, snacks and lunch provided during the conference.

Murray Premises Hotel (also Conference Venue)

5 Becks Cove, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H1

Murray Premises Hotel is located in a National Historic Site on the St. John’s waterfront, with rooms radiating character through exposed 19th century wooden beams, contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches. Atmosphere is paired with a prime location: minutes’ walk from restaurants, quaint shops, and other sites.

University Accommodations

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The distance from the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) residences to the conference hotel is a 9 minute taxi ride or a 40-45 minute walk. 

Macpherson College guest rooms at 230 Elizabeth Avenue: Rates begin at $109 per night (single/double occupancy).

Paton College rooms (Hatcher House on Livyers Loop): Rates begin at $69 per night (single/double occupancy).

Bed and Breakfast

Here is a list of nine B&Bs within a 20 minute walk to the conference.

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