NewcastleGateshead secures UK's largest educational research conference

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) will host its 2018 Annual Conference in NewcastleGateshead - the largest conference of its kind in the UK.

Northumbria University, city campus east
Northumbria University, city campus east

Following the international association's annual conference in Leeds this year and Brighton in 2017, BERA has announced it will return to Northern England in 2018 for its 43rd annual conference, bringing 900 delegates to NewcastleGateshead.

The conference will be held at Northumbria University from 11-13 September and will bring together educational researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts from across the UK and internationally to present new research, debate key issues and network with one another to further develop their research interests. 

Marie Blythe, events manager at BERA, said: "Over 900 delegates attend BERA Conference every year and the diverse nature of attendees coupled with the specific requirements needed for hosting a conference of such large scale and scope means BERA Conference Committee must be confident in a destination before selecting it as the official host city for the event. Newcastle's atmosphere, friendliness, exceptional hospitality and inspiring heritage makes the city an exceptional venue to host the ‘must-do’ event of the educational research community's year."

BERA was last held in Newcastle in 1989. Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: "We are thrilled that BERA has chosen to return to the North of England and hold its 2018 Annual Conference in NewcastleGateshead. Conferences and events such as these have a significant impact on our local research eco-system, bringing expertise and knowledge sharing into the city." 

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