STOP PRESS!

As announced by Tom Goodmann on the 20th March 2020, the Trustees of the NCS have agreed (in consultation with the local organisers) that the next NCS Congress should be postponed until the 19th–22nd July 2021, in light of the current corona-virus pandemic. As far as possible, the arrangements will be "rolled over" from what was planned for July 2020. 

 These web-pages are now out of date (they still describe plans for July 2020), but they will be updated in due course. 

 Delegates who have already registered should stand by to be contacted by Event Durham.

How to Register

All registration for the 2020 Congress is via Event Durham's dedicated conference web-pages.

  • If you wish to attend any of the academic sessions (including the plenaries, the two receptions, the concert in the Cathedral and/or any of the sessions at the Teaching and Learning Centre). In this case, you will need to pay for full registration, unless you belong to one of the following categories – graduate student (or undergraduate student); postdoctoral fellow; adjunct/contingent faculty; retired member; unwaged scholar; secondary school teachers – in which case you may register for the concessionary delegate package. (Day registration is also possible, both for "full" and for "concessionary" delegates).
  • If you are NOT attending any of the academic sessions (as listed above), then you should register for the Partner/Dependant package. This does not cost anything in itself, but will give you access to booking for meals (including the two dinners in Castle), excursions and accommodation. Partners/dependants may instead, if they prefer, register for the concessionary delegate package, which would allow them access to all the academic sessions (as listed above).
It is expected that delegates attending the academic session will be members of the NCS (and the system will ask for your most recent NCS invoice number). If, for any reason, you do not have an NCS invoice number or are having difficulty finding yours, please contact the NCS executive team. Partners/dependants choosing to register for the concessionary delegate package should use the invoice number of the NCS member they are accompanying.

Safety and Security

All delegates (and their partners/dependents) will be supplied with – and will be expected to wear! – an Event Durham badge and lanyard, while they are on the grounds of the university, any of its colleges (including the Castle) or in the Cathedral. For reasons of safety and security, we need to ensure that only those people who should be in these buildings have access to them. Please do not be offended if you are challenged to show your badge!

Access to the top floor of the TLC and to the Cathedral (the two areas where space is most limited) will have to be tightly controlled. However, there is room for partners/dependants to meet (or wait for) delegates on the ground floor of the TLC (where there is also a café open to the public). 

Numbers

Durham's bid to host the NCS Congress in 2020 was conditional on total numbers (including both delegates and the local organising team) not exceeding 500. This number was set by a number of factors: a) the safety-regulations governing the use of the Teaching and Learning Centre (particularly our use of the top floor for lunch, refreshments and one of the receptions; b.) the maximum capacity of the largest lecture theatre in the TLC; and c.) the maximum capacity of the Cathedral's nave. This is why all of the initial planning was on the basis that the local team would be welcoming no more than 480 delegates to the city. 

At the request of the NCS, this number was revisited in January 2020. Since the TLC opened for the first time in October 2019, its maximum safe-capacities have been under review, and so, as a result, we were allowed to increase our capacity for this conference to 510 delegates. This means that, if registrations do indeed reach 510, then we will fit into the Cathedral with no room at all to spare; and we will in fact exceed the capacity of the largest lecture-theatre in the TLC – a problem which can be solved by running a video feed from that room (TLC042) into the building's other, smaller theatre (TLC033). 

This perhaps makes it clear why we need to emphasise that only paid-up delegates (i.e. delegates paying either the full registration or for the concessionary package) can be allowed into the academic sessions (including the plenaries, the two receptions, the concert in the Cathedral and/or any of the sessions at the Teaching and Learning Centre).
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