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Booking Cancellations - Important Information

Subject as provided below the BSA accepts your booking form as a firm and binding booking. Cancellations of bookings must be made in writing to the British Sociological Association, Bailey Suite, Palatine House, Belmont Business Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 1TW.  Letters to members of the Conference Organising Team will not be accepted as cancellations. 

Cancellations received up to and including 10 August 2018 will incur an administration fee of £30. 

Cancellations received after 10 August 2018 will not be eligible for a refund on any fees related to meals or accommodation or registration.

Refunds shall not be payable for any total or partial failure of performance by the BSA of its duties and obligations under this Agreement occasioned by any act of God including but not limited to fire, flood, drought, tempest; act of government or state, war, civil commotion, insurrection, blockade, embargo, prevention from or hindrance in obtaining any raw materials, energy or other supplies, interruption of utility service, labour disputes of whatever nature including but not limited to strike, lock out or boycott; fuel shortage, disruption to transportation services or facilities, and any other reason beyond the control of the BSA.


Belfast’s rich political, cultural and social history makes it an excellent place for sociologists and other scholars of work. Belfast is easily reached by air from most European hubs and for those who do not fly, there are regular ferry connections. For more travel information, see the Visit Belfast website. 

WES 2018 will be held at the Europa Hotel, located in the centre of Belfast and famous for many years as the most bombed hotel in Europe. Additional social events will take place at Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast City Hall and the SS Nomadic.

Car Parking

Due to the historic nature of Hamilton Dock there are no public car parking spaces available on site. A host of open air car parking is available along Queen’s Road.

Conference Dinner

The WES conference dinner will take place on Thursday, 13 September 2018 at Belfast City Hall.  The conference dinner is £35 and £25 for concessionary delegates. 

Optional Conference Dinner

There will be an optional conference dinner taking place on Friday, 14 September 2018 at the SS Nomadic for £42.50.  Delegates can opt-in during the booking process. 

The beautifully restored SS Nomadic, Titanic’s little sister’ and the last remaining White Star Line ship is an impressive location. Restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock.

Contact Information

BSA Events Team
Email: events@britsoc.org.uk
Tel: 0191 383 0839
Fax:  0191 383 0782