The conference will take place on the Science Site at Durham University. 

The Calman Learning Centre will be our main hub and the venue for registration, keynote lectures, panel sessions, refreshments and some of the parallel sessions.

Some of the parallel sessions will also be held in adjascent buildings. Namely, Earth Sciences and Engineering.




There will be a designated quiet room in the Earth Sciences department (Room: ES236) for any conference delegate who feel they would benefit from this environment. 

Nursing mothers and baby wearing are entirely welcome in all areas of the conference.


Tuesday 26th July: The wine reception (including poster session) will be held in the Cathedral Cloister. This is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Calman Learning Centre or a 25 minute walk from College Accommodation. Details for local taxi companies are available from the registration desk.

We will then move on to Hatfield College (next to the Cathedral) for a BBQ and cash bar. 


Wednesday 27th July: The conference dinner will be held in University College, The Castle. The walking times above also apply here.

We will be running a mini-bus, with a limited number of seats. These will be allocated on a 'first come first served’ basis. If you require a seat on the bus in order to access this venue, please contact the registration desk and we will ensure a reservation is made



For full information on the accessibility of Durham University, please visit the AccessAble website. Links to information specific to the buildings being used throughout the conference can be found below.


You are also welcome to contact the Conference organising committee to discuss your needs:

Calman Learning Centre

Earth Sciences Department

Because of its age, nearly a thousand years old, not all parts of Durham Cathedral are accessible to all visitors. The Cathedral has produced its own accessibility guide, along with contact details for advice. 

Collingwood College (en suite accommodation)


Grey College (standard accommodation)

Hatfield College (BBQ)

The Castle (conference dinner)