We are pleased to announce that the 45th BISA Annual Conference 2020 will be held in Newcastle Upon Tyne from 17-19 June 2020. The conference will be supported by the local organising committee from the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University who have already been hard at work to inject a sense of place to make BISA 2020 our best yet.
It has been thirty years since the BISA annual conference was held in Newcastle and much has changed to make it an outstanding location for our 2020 event. With convenient transport links by rail and air (including multiple daily flights from major UK and European hubs), accommodation types to suit all budgets, a thriving arts and culture scene, blue-flag beaches, stunning countryside, critically acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightlife, Newcastle is one of the best kept secrets in Europe, if not the world. Delegates are warmly encouraged to come to the conference and then stay for the weekend to get the most from all the city and surrounding area offers.
Our conference venue is the stunning Newcastle Civic Centre which has recently undergone restoration work. Opened in 1968, it captures local traditions within the sophistication of modernist architectural design while providing a fully accessible and functional academic conference venue. Located in the centre of the city beside the Newcastle University campus, it benefits from excellent public transport links and has many cafes, pubs, and shops close by. Moreover, by selecting a publicly owned venue for the conference, BISA is proud to be helping to support a local council that has faced almost £327 million in cuts to its funding since 2010.
The reception will be held at the Wylam Brewery located at Exhibition Park, a 10 minute walk from the conference venue. Fully accessible, it provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy drinks and canapes in the company of colleagues and friends, old and new, under the long evening light.
We are also pleased to announce that there will be a series of satellite events organised to promote international studies to the local community and school students. Many of these events will also be open to BISA delegates as they take place in exhibition spaces across the city centre during the conference.
Further details on the conference, including a call for papers, accommodation options, and how to submit proposals will be available from September 2019.
We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle for BISA 2020!