GSE UK In-Person Conference 2024

Mainframe@60: The Diamond Anniversary of Digital Dominance

All about the conference; registration and fees


About the Conference
Conference Fees
Fees in summary.
Additional vouchers: The UK Conference Package


Please note that ALL people attending the conference venue in any capacity need to register in order to have a badge.

Please register using the "Registration" menu link above.

About the Conference

The GSE UK Region Conference is an annual event which takes place in November for three days, generally in the Midlands or a virtual event in the first half of the year. These events are organised by the GSE Conference Committee, which is comprised of volunteers.

There are several keynote and plenary sessions and a large number of subject streams, each of which covers a specific area of interest. The majority of the streams are aligned to one of the regular working groups and the agenda for the stream is coordinated by the committee of that working group. In addition, there are several non-working group aligned streams and workshops organised by the central conference committee, which also coordinates the overall conference agenda.

Where possible ideas and suggestions from participants attending the previous conference are used to form the agenda for the following year’s event. Topics may also be received from the various GSE Working Groups or may be based on announcements from IBM and other vendors.

The conference provides over 200 hours of technical training from IBM, other vendors and, most importantly, from GSE members themselves.  At the in-person conference, plenty of time is set aside to allow for networking with speakers, vendors and delegates during breaks and the evening receptions and dinners.

Each year, at the in-person conference, there is a large conference exhibition with stands from many companies that build and sell solutions relevant to the membership. The income from this exhibition and associated sponsorship enables GSE to offer five free places plus two trainee places per member company. It also allows GSE to charge very reasonable rates to other delegates attending the conference.

GSE works with educational establishments to encourage students to attend, as everyone is acutely aware of the increasing skills shortage in the z/OS industry. Students are offered free places. The conference includes a whole stream dedicated to people new to the platform.

Conference Fees

The basic conference fees for 2024 In-Person Conference are as follows:-

Delegates from GSE member companies (see below)              £275 per day
Delegates from other non-member companies                          £350 per day

There is a 20% discount to these rates for registrations made during the early bird period (up to and including October 1st).

Each UK GSE member company is entitled to send up to 5 delegates and up to two bone-fide trainees FREE OF CHARGE, provided they register during the early bird period. Additional delegates will be charged at the prevailing member rate. Voucher codes are issued to each member company for this purpose.

After the end of the early bird period, the vouchers provided for company membership can no longer be used.  However, vouchers purchased as a conference package, those provided for students and those provided to vendors participating in the exhibition, can still be used until the conference.

Changes or cancellations to your registration can be made at any time.

Fees in summary.

The following table shows the fees per day, including VAT, at 20%, for each category of delegate and date range...

Delegates from: Prior to 2 October 2024
Early Bird 20% Discount
From 2 October 2024
Company Vouchers are no longer accepted
GSE UK Members; Day rate (up to 5 plus 2 trainees) or others with vouchers provided with your company membership at the in-person conference Free Vouchers Not Valid
GSE UK Members; Day rate £220.00 £275.00
Other GSE Region Members; Day rate £220.00 £275.00
Day rate for Non GSE Members £280.00 £350.00
Conference Package (GSE Members)
3 Attendees covering the whole conference
£1,680.00 £2,100.00
Conference Package (Non GSE Members)
3 Attendees covering the whole conference
£2,320.00 £2,900.00

Additional vouchers: The UK Conference Package

The GSE UK Conference Package enables companies, be they members or non-members of GSE, to purchase discounted "bulk" attendance to the annual UK Conference.

  • The Conference Package is available to any company and offers benefits in addition to any benefits they obtain through being GSE members or conference sponsors/exhibitors.
  • The Conference Package offers three voucher codes, each of which can be used to register at no charge for the three days of the conference. 
  • Voucher codes have no monetary value and unused voucher codes cannot be reimbursed or exchanged (but may be offered free of charge to a client or customer).
  • The Conference Package can only be purchased before November 2nd (the weekend before the conference) and is valid for the UK conference in the year in which it is purchased.
  • The cost of the Conference Package for non-members is £2900 inc VAT, which represents a saving of £250 off the full price charged for 3 delegates for 3 days.
  • The package cost for GSE members is £2100 inc VAT, which represents a saving of £375 off the full price charged for three delegates for three days.
  • Companies are able to purchase multiple Conference Packages should they so wish.
  • Requests to purchase the UK Conference Package should be sent by e-mail to
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