Scientific Archivists Group

The Scientific Archivists Group (SAG) was set up in 1981, with the aim of exchanging knowledge relating to archives with scientific application. Since then, the organisation has developed to cover all aspects of the document and record life-cycle, with archiving being just one component. In addition, many of the topics we cover are applicable to records management professionals from other disciplines. Our members include a wide variety of roles, including archivists, record managers, document administrators, information managers, auditors and come from many leading scientific R&D organisations, commercial service providers and regulatory bodies. Whilst our legal office is located in the United Kingdom, we are not limited geographically and welcome members from around the globe. The group holds high-quality conferences to promote the exchange of information relevant to records management within the R&D regulated environment, as well as providing training courses on related topics.  Papers and presentations are published in the group's biannual journal (Sagacity) along with current awareness features and topical articles to enable members to keep abreast of developments within the industry.

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Scientific Archivists Group - Call for Abstracts for its 2017 Annual Conference in Manchester

This major sector-specific gathering provides an annual opportunity to hear views from regulators, experts, thought-leaders, and leading practitioners in their field on key challenges and trends in records management facing the life science and healthcare sectors.
The 2017 Conference will include a packed programme of inspirational speakers, lively discussions and networking opportunities , all centred around the latest thinking, industry innovations and best practice.

Key Features

  • High-level keynote speaker(s)
  • Industry focused presentations, workshops, and discussion panels
  • Interactive debates
  • Networking
  • PLUS integrated social activities for sharing experiences, catching up with fellow professionals and make valuable new contacts.


As an international professional membership organisation, The Scientific Archivists Group (SAG) invites colleagues in the global record keeping community to submit abstracts for its annual conference on 27th and 28th April 2017 at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.

Abstracts should focus on archiving, records management, information governance, digital preservation and regulatory compliance as it relates to the life science and healthcare sectors.

Abstracts should be prepared for a 30-40 minute non-commercial PowerPoint presentation on a specific topic relevant to SAG members (please see “Themes” below).

The abstract author will be assumed to be the presenter. SAG allows only one presenter per presentation. You may submit more than one abstract but please do not submit the same abstract more than once.


The primary theme of the conference is “Tackling and Resolving Challenging Situations“. You may submit an abstract on a topic of your choice for consideration by the Programme Committee, which may include (among others) subjects such as:

  • Legislative and regulatory updates
  • Innovation (technology, data integrity/interoperability and exchange)
  • Innovation (emerging standards)
  • Professional responsibilities (corporate; individual)
  • Career development

You can participate in the following ways:

  • Individual presentation  (30min-45 min)
  • Group panel session (up to 5 speakers) (45 min)
  • Tutorial (A single topic presentation to smaller groups of individuals) (45 minutes)
  • Workshop (A single topic practical interactive training session to smaller groups of individuals) (90 minutes)

In forming your abstract and presentation…

  • Try to connect your abstract to the theme of the conference as best you can. The theme is designed for presenters to bring topics to light that touch on contemporary issues.
  • Try to be creative with your presentation. The best received presentations stimulate enquiry and debate.
  • Provide as much information as possible in your abstract; this helps the Programme Committee to make informed choices when considering abstracts and scheduling sessions.
  • Be relevant, current and representative. Consider looking at a topic that has given rise to recent debate, and/or considers opposing viewpoints, and/or focusses on the broader picture rather than narrow issues.
  • (If considering a panel session) recruit participants from different backgrounds and viewpoints so that differing perspectives will be presented.

Useful Information


  • The deadline for submission of proposals is 30 November 2016


  • Invitations to speak will be confirmed by 16 December 2016

To submit a proposal or to contact SAG for an informal discussion, please e-mail .

All speakers will receive free conference registration.

Course by Huntley Film Archives in October 2016: Archive Film Course - A Beginner's Guide

Huntley Film Archives will be running a one day practical workshop on how to preserve, access and use archive film.

Two identical courses will be ran on Monday 03 and Monday 24 October 2016 at the BFI in London.

The course will be suitable for anyone wishing to better understand Archive Film, including archivists and curators who are seeking to utilise historical archive film footage.

The cost for the day-long course is £145 plus VAT per person

(Includes detailed course handouts, use of all materials, morning and afternoon tea/coffee and lunch.)

For more details, please see the link below: