The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) conference ALT-C 2012 is this year being held at the University of Manchester. http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc
The theme of the conference is ' a confrontation with reality'.
The conference is the best of its kind and is packed with interesting sessions from keynote speeches to pecha kuchas with everything in between. There are lots of people there so opportunities to talk and network. But also opportunities to stand and stare and just watch and listen while enthusiastic people talk, tell, explain, demonstrate and engage you with the wonders of learning technologies.