CONFERENCE Professor Michael Barber, head of the Department for Education and Employment's standards and effectiveness unit, is to speak at the Design and Technology Association's annual conference on July 1-2 at The Royal Court Hotel, Coventry. Other speakers include: Dr Nicholas Tate, chief executive, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority chief executive Dr Nicholas Tate ,and professional designers. More than 50 seminars will cover such topics as the new Orders, subject standards and good practice. Fee: pound;185, pound;170 members (day rates available). Details: Christine Dixon, DATA, 16 Wellesbourne House, Walton Road, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire CV35 9JB, tel: 01789 470007.