Conference proceedings commence at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Thursday 7 June with lunch being served on arrival at 12:30 and Conference officially commencing at 13:30. Formal proceedings will conclude at 12:30 the following day with lunch available from 12:30 – 13:30.

The Conference Dinner will also be held at same hotel and will take place as usual on the Thursday evening, commencing with a drinks reception at 19:15. Dress for the dinner is black tie.


LDC Representatives

Given the event now spans two days, LDC Representatives are entitled to receive up to £25.00 subsistence on the Thursday evening. This subsistence entitlement will automatically be honoured by the Conference Fund for Representatives attending the dinner. The cost of subsidised dinner tickets is £30.00 per LDC Representative.

Permitted Observers

LDCs permitted to send only one Representative are permitted to also send an accompanying Observer to the Conference. The Conference fees for the Observer are covered by the Conference Fund; however travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses should be covered by the individual LDC. Dinner tickets for Observers are not subsidised and therefore are available at a cost of £55.00

GDPC Members

Given the event now spans two days, in line with BDA expense policy GDPC members are entitled to receive up to £25.00 subsistence on the Thursday evening. This subsistence entitlement will automatically be honoured by the BDA for those attending the event in the capacity of GDPC, and as such the cost of purchasing a dinner ticket as a member of the GDPC is £30.00

Dinner guests

Guests are welcome to attend the Dinner and tickets can be purchased online for a cost of £55.00.

Additional Observers

If an LDC wishes to send more Representatives/Observers than they are entitled to send, approval should be gained from the Conference Chair (via Fiona Feltham, Events Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

A limited number of places for Additional Observers are available and can be booked via Fiona.

LDCs will be required to cover all costs associated with an Additional Observer’s attendance at the event. The registration fee for the Conference is £88.00 and Dinner tickets are £55.00 per person.


HOW TO REGISTER

All attendees to the event must register online before Friday 6 April 2018.

REGISTER ONLINE

Payment for dinner tickets is required by credit card at point of booking. Where applicable bookers/attendees should liaise with the Treasurer of their LDC to seek reimbursement.

Please ensure you select the correct category/ticket type during the registration process:
• LDC Representative
• LDC Observer
• GDPC members

Options with or without dinner tickets exist for each of the above categories.


Please ensure a unique email address is entered for everyone attending the Conference. This is to enable login and verification to the voting system, as well as circulated of information leading up to the event.

On completion of the registration process an email should be received confirming the place/s booked and acting as a receipt for payment made.

Final papers will be circulated to all registered Conference attendees by email in the week commencing 7 May 2018.


Delegate changes
Name changes or changes to delegate types (i.e. booked as a GDPC member but now wishing to represent an LDC, or change from Observer to Representative) should be communicated in advance of the event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Such changes affect voting permissions for the Conference and also billing instructions for accommodation so it is important advance notice is given.

Cancellations
Refunds for any dinner tickets cancelled on or after Tuesday 8 May will be not be possible.


Further information – contact details

Should you have any queries regarding delegate registrations or arrangements for the conference and dinner please contact Fiona Feltham, Events Manager on 020 7563 6876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If your query is regarding a policy matter please contact Alex Cenic at the BDA on 020 7563 4158 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .