This year, the Adventure Tourism Research Association (ATRA) worked alongside the Spanish Outdoor Physical Education Network to host the 2018 International Adventure Conference (IAC) at the end of January in Segovia, Spain. The theme of IAC 2018 was ‘Climates of Change’ and speakers and presenters were asked to ‘rethink the outdoor experience’. This theme was approached from many contrasting and innovative angles which made for a varied, engaging and above all inspiring conference.
This concept of ‘change’ was no more apparent than in the involvement of the International Adventure Student Committee (IASC). For the first time, a number of students from Universities in Spain and from West Highland College, UHI (including myself), came together to help organise and oversee the conference proceedings. This allowed us to not only attend a conference (many of us for the first time) but also gave us an excellent opportunity to speak with almost every delegate as we ferried them from bus stop to conference hall and from conference hall to tapas bar!