Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019 - , University of Essex

What are the conference fees?

The delegate day rate is £55 per day. This includes the drinks reception if booking for Tuesday 2nd July. 

The three day conference package is £120. This include the drinks reception on Tuesday 2nd July, but not the conference dinner which must be booked seperately. 

Conference dinner, Wednesday 3rd July: £45 (three course dinner, plus two drinks per person)

University campus bed and breakfast accommodation: £55 per night


How can I pay the conference fee?

You can pay the conference fee by credit or debit card or request an invoice. Invoices will only be available for registrations received by 3rd June 2019. 

What does the conference fee cover?

The conference fee covers access to the conference, morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments. For evening meals, the drinks reception (which includes food) on the Tuesday 2nd July is included in the conference fee. The conference dinner on Wednesday 3rd July had an additional £45.00 fee. This can be booked when you register. 

Food and drink can also be purchased in the campus outlets. 

What if I need to cancel my registration?

If you are presenting and need to cancel, please contact Victoria Nolan as soon as possible, as the programme may need to be adjusted.

If you have registered as a delegate and you are unable to attend, please let Harriet Noble at HG3 Events know asap. 

Cancellation for a full refund is allowed up to a month before the conference. No refunds will be possible after 3rd June 2019

I am a student, do I still need to pay?

Students who have their abstracts accepted to present at the conference will have their conference fee refunded after the conference has finished, providing they attend as planned – for this to be possible you should pay by credit/ debit card (please do not ask to be invoiced if you require a refund, as this will not be possible). You are still required to pay for your own accommodation and for the conference dinner if you would like to attend.

What will the drop in sessions cover?

“Drop-in” sessions will be held during the conference for data users, to enable researchers to maximise their use of Understanding Society data. Survey experts from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (which hosts Understanding Society) will be available to answer queries on topics such as the use of weights, using linked administrative data, combining social and biological data for research, questionnaire content and survey management, and the Understanding Society Innovation Panel.

I am using audio-visual equipment, what do I need to bring?

Please bring your presentation slides (if you are using them) with you in PowerPoint on a USB memory stick. Each presentation session will be supported by a member of the Conference organising team – please hand your memory stick to the support staff in the break preceding your presentation session, and they will load it onto the computer.

What is the WIFI code?

During the conference we provide you with guest accounts which will also give you the chance to go online (via Laptop/ Tablet or Mobile). You can also use your Eduroam account by using your email address and password.