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#BISA2025 50th anniversary conference to be held in Belfast

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In 2025, BISA celebrates its 50th anniversary! Join us as we honour the Association's remarkable achievements over the past five decades, and look ahead to an even brighter future. Our flagship annual conference will be grander than ever to mark this significant milestone. We are thrilled to announce that the anniversary conference will take place in the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland – Belfast.

As C&IT’s Best Conference Destination 2023, Belfast is a destination that confounds expectations and rewards curiosity. Belfast is a safe and walkable city with all major city centre hotels within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the city centre, venues and attractions. It has the luxury of two closely located airports to the city centre which is ideal for delegates and organisers arriving in.

You’ll find endless things to do in Belfast, from world-class attractions, historic landmarks, museums, shopping and entertainment venues. As the gateway to Northern Ireland, Belfast is perfectly positioned for sightseeing tours to Giant’s Causeway, Game of Thrones filming locations and road trips beyond Belfast.

Belfast is ranked 11th globally in the GDS (Global Destinations Sustainability Index). The GDS index is the world’s leading sustainability performance improvement and benchmarking assessment for destinations. 76% of Belfast hotel bedrooms sustainability certified.

There will be a representative from Visit Belfast exhibiting at the #BISA2024 conference and they have also provided a video taster of the vibrant city that you can watch below.

Our Conference Chair for #BISA2025 will once again be Dr Nick Caddick (Anglia Ruskin University), who has done an excellent job of curating the conference programme for the upcoming #BISA2024 conference in Birmingham.

BISA Director/CEO, Juliet Dryden, said:

“We are tremendously excited to be coming to Belfast to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Working closely with a team at Queen’s University we hope to bring you an intellectually stimulating array of panels/roundtables and fringe events from the International Studies community to examine and untangle the increasingly complex world we live in.”
Juliet Dryden

The call for papers for #BISA2025 in Belfast will be released early in September 2024, alongside further announcements about what will be taking place. In the meantime, submissions are open for our inaugural virtual conference taking place in January 2025. Visit the virtual conference website for more information.