Social programme

Monday 9 April - Welcome Reception – Great Hall

An evening reception will be held on Monday 9 April in the Great Hall at Queens University Belfast

Designed by Charles Lanyon, the main building at Queen’s University is one of the best loved buildings on this island, with the Lanyon silhouette used on tourist literature and on banknotes.


Wednesday 11 April - Conference Dinner – Belfast City Hall

The conference gala dinner will be held on Wednesday 11 April at Belfast City Hall.

Belfast City Hall is Belfast City Council's civic building. It is located in Donegall Square, in the heart of Belfast city centre. It first opened its doors on 1 August 1906.

We thank Belfast City Council for their kind generosity for the use of City Hall


Tuesday 10 April 2018 – Excursion – Titanic Belfast

An optional excursion will run on Tuesday afternoon to visit Titanic Belfast. Attendance for this can be indicated during the registration process. This will cost £20 per person and will include both entry tickets and a return coach journey from QUB.

About Titanic Belfast:

Titanic Belfast is an iconic six-floor building featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her.  It is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience and is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock – the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912.

Using innovative design, interpretation and technology, including CGI, film and video, audio, archival materials, objects and scale models, each gallery will focus on a unique part of the Titanic story and the context of the period in which it was built.

Throughout the exhibition you and your party will encounter individuals with stories to tell, many of them Belfast people; these include chief designer Thomas Andrews, pioneering entrepreneur Lord Pirrie, members of the Harland and Wolff Guarantee Group who sailed on the maiden voyage, local craftsmen who worked on the ship and some of her passengers.

For more information on the galleries please check the Titanic Belfast website:

About Nomadic:

The tour will also include a visit to the tender ship SS Nomadic. Built alongside Titanic, the Nomadic’s main role was to carry first and second class passengers from the Port of Cherbourg across the shallow waters out to board the famous liner before she embarked on her maiden voyage. The Nomadic had a very detailed service life and was employed by other transatlantic liners. Famous guests such as Charlie Chaplin, Marie Curie and Elizabeth Taylor boarded the ship. Located outside Titanic Belfast, guests can now visit the last remaining White Star vessel and the biggest artefact in the world linked directly to the Titanic.  The experience is self-guided and average visiting time is 45/60 minute.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    26 January 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    28 February 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    26 March 2018

Latest news

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the conference has moved to the Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB. There will no longer be any conference related activities taking place in the South Dining Hall or Larmor Lecture Theatre. (updated 03.04.2018)

  • Tickets are now available for the Public Outreach Lecture. (updated 04.04.2018)