Registration fee

in-person: £300 (includes proceedings, reception, lunch and refreshments) by March 15, 2024

virtual: £130 (includes proceedings) by March 31, 2024

The conference dinner (£50) and excursion (£30) are optional and can be booked during the registration process.


Accommodation has been reserved for participants at local hotels and Durham University colleges at preferred rates (of ~£60 – 120 per night, incl. breakfast) and can be booked during the registration process.

Contributed talks

The deadline for abstract submissions was December 1, 2023.


All registered participants will have the opportunity to present a poster. Rather than physically at the venue, the poster will be placed in a Virtual Gallery with augmented reality. We thank 4wardFutures for offering this service.

Travel grants

The deadline for IAU travel grant applications was December 1, 2023. Registered participants who identify as Early-Career Researchers can continue to apply for a travel grant to recover full or partial costs incurred for their attendance. These additional travel grants are made possible through generous sponsorship by the Breakthrough Initiatives and financial support from NASA. As a Kavli-IAU symposium we are permitted to award travel grants to both astronomers and experts from other disciplines. In order to apply, please fill out the travel grant application below and send it to We will consider applications until March 15, 2024 or until the fund is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Download the Travel Grant Application form:


You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit. It is the responsibility of the participant to fulfill the required UK entry requirements and more information can be found at:

Code of Conduct

All participants are expected to behave in a professional manner to ensure that they treat others and are treated themselves with dignity and respect. Everyone must be able to work and thrive in a culture free of bullying, harassment and discrimination. Registered participants agree that they will follow the IAU Code of Conduct.

IAU Code of Conduct

About Durham

Getting here

By road

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham – Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From the city bus station – a short walk from the railway station – a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

By rail

A number of train operators offer direct and regular routes to Durham Railway Station, including London and Edinburgh. Durham is around 3 hours from London, just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York. For rail tickets please visit or

A taxi will take you from the station to any College in about 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

By air

Durham is 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle International Airport and about 40 minutes from Teesside International Airport. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro. Search flights from London Heathrow to Newcastle here.

By sea

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands.

Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’, The Telegraph named it one of the best UK city breaks for 2023, and Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers voted it the ‘Best city in the UK’ – now Durham City warmly awaits your visit to receive another seal of approval.

A captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find out more about the historical city and the surrounding county from the official tourism site This Is

Explore the timeless quality of this quintessential old English University City, take some time out with a relaxing riverside walk or river cruise, or soak up the atmosphere with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.

Durham Visitor Contact Centre 3-4 Millennium Place, Durham City, County Durham DH1 1WA
phone – 03000 262626
email –
Text: ‘Visit’ and your enquiry to 80011


Watch the world go by in one of the city centre cafés, shop for gourmet treats, locally produced food or original crafts in an array of shops and markets, or find city-centre calm at one of the city’s many green spaces. 

Days in Durham City are a hard act to follow, but we like to think our evenings are also up to the mark. From spellbinding theatre to side-splitting comedy, intimate restaurants to chic café-bars, and action films to art house cinema, Durham City has entertainment galore.