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Online booking is now available for credit/debit card payments. You may request an invoice if you prefer but please note that a purchase order number is required.

Please select the appropriate form to register online:

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NB - students are entitled to free registration, but we recommend that you use the card payment form in case you wish to pay for any extras such as tickets for social events.

If you would prefer to register by post, please complete the printable booking form and return it to Lucy Oxley at GA HQ.

Registration fees

Take advantage of the Early Bird Booking Rates to save £10 per day on the standard registration fees. Bookings must be made before 5 January 2015.

Early Bird Rates
Valid until 5 January 2015
10 April 11 April Both days
Personal/Group Member £85.00 £63.00 £115.00
Concessionary Member £65.00 £53.00 £95.00
Student Free Free Free
Entry Level Member
£155.00 £113.00 £247.00

Join the GA now to take advantage of the members' rate!

Rates from 5 January 2015 10 April 11 April Both days
Personal/Group member £95.00 £73.00 £135.00
Concessionary member £75.00 £63.00 £115.00
Student* Free Free Free
Non-member £165.00 £123.00 £267.00

The deadline for Annual Conference registrations is 20 March 2015.

Attendance at Conference is by pre-registration only

Your registration fee includes refreshments, buffet lunch and full access to lectures, workshops, forums, the exhibition and day-time receptions.

Please note: accommodation must be booked separately.

Free student registration

Free registration is available to all full-time and PGCE students. Please supply proof of your student status, e.g. photocopy of your NUS card, with your completed booking form. Online booking for students is available but proof of status will be required by email, fax or post. Bookings may not be processed without this proof. Please note: student registration does not include lunch, however there are several outlets where you can purchase food.

Information for Overseas Delegates

The Geographical Association welcomes delegates from outside the UK. Please note full payment prior to Conference must be made by all overseas participants. This can made online using a credit/debit card or by sending an international bankers draft in Pounds Sterling. We regret that we are unable to issue an Invitation Letter to participants outside the UK.

First time at the GA Annual Conference?

Top Ideas - First time at Conference (64k)

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From collecting free resources and choosing the right workshop to sharing ideas over a beer, these Top Tips will help you make the most of your first time at Conference.

This year's chosen charity


Every year the GA donates a portion of the Annual Conference and Exhibition delegate fees to a charitable organisation chosen by the current GA President. This year we will contribute £1 per paying delegate to Threshold.

Threshold is a housing and homelessness charity in Greater Manchester offering a range of services supporting vulnerable people so that they can live healthy, safe and promising lives independently.

Among these services are the Moving Forward service, supporting young people affected by abuse in the family; and the Oldham Floating Support Partnership which supports people to avoid crises in their lives.


A limited number of rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express and MacDonald Hotel through ConferCare with rates starting from £83.

You can also find your own accommodation on the Visit Manchester website.

Advance booking for social events

In addition to the main Conference programme, a number of social events will take place on the Thursday and Friday evenings which need to be booked in advance. This year's events include the annual Conference Dinner, a Canal Cruise and Thai Banquet. Further information is available on the Events page.

Pre-booking is also required for the free public lecture and awards presentations taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 9 April.

Places at all of these events can be reserved on the conference booking form.

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