The British Sociological Association (BSA) have announced that they will be holding their annual conference at Newcastle in April 2018. The three day conference will welcome 800 delegates from around the world – injecting over £870,000 into the local economy.

Held at Northumbria University’s City Campus East from 10 – 12 April, the event will be themed around ‘Identity, Community and Social Solidarity’ and 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, BSA is the national subject association for sociologists in the UK with the primary objective to promote sociology. The BSA is the largest sociological network in the UK and is the public face of sociology in Britain.

Sandria Charalambous, Events Co-ordinator at The British Sociological Association, said:

“We are delighted to be bringing the BSA Annual Conference to Newcastle in April 2018.  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 & 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, said:

“Our Convention Bureau 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 – amongst which we’re thrilled to count the BSA’s annual conference.”