The British Sociological Association (BSA) is to bring its annual conference to Newcastle in April 2018. The three-day event will see 800 delegates come to the city from around the world and should be worth £870,000 to the local economy.
The conference will be held at Northumbria University’s City Campus East from 10–12 April, and be themed around ‘Identity, Community and Social Solidarity’. It will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss latest developments, network, and attend presentations on a wide range of topics in the field.
Founded in 1951, the BSA is the largest sociological network in the UK. Sandria Charalambous, events co-ordinator at the BSA, said she was delighted to be bringing the BSA Annual Conference to Newcastle. “The conference attracts approximately 800 delegates from all over the world showcasing the latest sociological research on a variety of topics including Race, Ethnicity and Migration, Work & Employment and Medicine and Health.
“The BSA Annual Conference offers delegates the opportunity to network and collaborate while enjoying the sights and culture of Newcastle. Newcastle’s vibrancy, friendliness and great university facilities are sure to make a very successful conference and we look forward to working with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau.”
In addition to the main conference, there will be a BSA Annual Conference 2018 – Postgraduate Forum Pre-Conference Day taking place on 9 April, as well as a conference dinner at the Biscuit Factory on 11 April.
Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, added: “Our team is really looking forward to working with Northumbria University and other partners in welcoming 800 sociologists from around the world to NewcastleGateshead and ensuring they all have a successful conference and memorable time here.
“2018 is set to be a very exciting year for NewcastleGateshead with the Great Exhibition of the North taking place from June to September, as well as a great number of national and international conferences.”