Social programme


The social programme consists of a number of activities, all scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 17 September 2014 in central Newcastle.

The cost of the social activities are included in the conference registration fee.

Complimentary coach travel between Durham and Newcastle has been arranged for delegates to enable them to attend the social programme.

Self-guided tour of Newcastle city centre

Delegates will have a free afternoon on Wednesday to travel to Newcastle by coach and participate in a self-guided tour of Newcastle city centre. Maps and local information will be provided to delegates. 

Tour of the Victorian tunnels

The Victoria Tunnel is a fully preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s. The Tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter to protect Newcastle citizens during World War 2. The Tunnel has been carefully repaired and opened for guided tours. The  Victoria Tunnel tour is limited to 30 attendees. If you would like to book a place, please indicate your attendance when registering online.

Public Plenary Lecture by Nobel Laureate Professor Bill Phillips

Professor Philips won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. The public plenary lecture will be held in Curtis Auditorium in the Herschel Building at Newcastle University. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 17:30. Conference delegates will automatically have a place at this lecture when registering online.

Conference dinner at the Great North Museum Hancock

A drinks reception and buffet dinner will be held at the Great North Museum Hancock for conference delegates. Delegates will be able to dine amongst a back-drop of dinosaurs and local artefacts. Conference delegates will automatically have a place at this dinner/drinks reception when registering online. More details including timings will be available soon.





Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    07 July 2014
  • Early registration deadline:
    18 August 2014
  • Registration deadline:
    05 September 2014

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