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Who are we?

SPA (pronounced 'spar') is the Software Practice Advancement specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Read about our aims and mission here.

What do we do?

How do I join?

Although everyone can attend BCS SPA meetings, those attending more than one or two are encouraged to join the British Computer Society at the appropriate grade. You'll find everything you need to know about joining SPA here.

What else is on this site?

Lists of past and planned events are here, including presentation materials and/or notes in many cases, along with newsletters and other useful materials. There used to be a wiki for discussion of related topics, but it was not used much and so the content is now offered on a read-only basis.

You can jump from here directly to the London Meeting Programme.


There are a number of friendly organisations whose goals are broadly sympathetic to those of SPA, and with whom SPA has had cross-sponsorship or other arrangements in the past.

Where's OOPS?

Find out why BCS OOPS changed its name to SPA. Or read more about SPA's twenty year history.


SPA 2015 Conference

The SPA2015 Conference will run in London from 28th June to 1st July, 2015. The conference brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development.

Now in its 19th year, the conference continues its tradition of active participation. Registration is now open. Session descriptions and outputs from earlier years are available in the conference Wiki.

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring the conference .

Next evening meeting (London)

Getting to Grips with Data: can Clojure breach the abstraction barrier?
Wednesday 3rd June 2015, 18:00 - 20:30
[Full London programme]

Next evening meeting (Cambridge)

The Cambridge programme is currently in abeyance. However, you can attend some Software East events free of charge.
Software East event programme