Annual Conference 2020

When and where?

Date: 5th – 6th November 2020
Opens: 8.30am, Thursday 5th
Closes: Late afternoon, Friday 6th
Location: Crowne Plaza,
Hawthorn Square, Forth Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3SA

PhD Symposium, 2020

Wednesday, 4 November

Preceding our Annual Conference and held at the same venue, our PhD Symposium is built around the experience and needs of PhD students in the field. This is a free event with limited places, and is open to students only.

Click here to see material presented in 2019.

Annual Conference, 2020

Supported places available

We offer a range of supported places for student helpers, student presenters and presenters from third-sector or voluntary organisations. For more information and to apply, see details at the bottom of this page.

Delegate oral and poster papers

Online submission is now open for oral and poster papers submitted by delegates. Follow the link below for full details and to submit your presentation. (Please note, applicants for Supporter Presenter places must also separately submit their presentation details via this route.)

Annual Conference Invited Symposia

In addition to the conference delegates’ sessions, there will be up to four symposia invited from our members and funded by the SSA. The deadline for submission for programme symposia has now passed. We will notify the successful organisers of selected symposia by the end of March 2020.

SSA PhD Symposium, 2020

Wednesday, 4 November

The day before our Annual Conference, our symposium only for PhD students.

Annual Conference Delegate booking

Book your delegate place online.

Annual Conference Delegate oral and poster abstracts

Delegates’ oral and poster papers are a big part of our Annual Conference. Online submission forms are now open.

Supported Helper

For SSA student associates wishing to further their training and gain conference organisation experience.

Supported Presenter

For undergraduate / Masters students wishing to present a paper.

Supported Third-sector / Volunteer / Service-user

For those working or volunteering in the third-sector, or those with lived-experience and who wish to present a paper.

Previous conferences


Annual Symposium 1985 Annual Symposium 1988 Annual Symposium 1989 Annual Symposium 1994 Annual Symposium 1995 Annual Symposium 1998 Annual Symposium 1999 Annual Symposium 2000 Annual Symposium 2005 Annual Symposium 2006 Annual Symposium 2007 Annual Symposium 2008 Annual Symposium 2009 Annual Symposium 2010 Annual Symposium 2011 SSA Annual Symposium 2012 SSA Annual Symposium 2013 SSA Annual Symposium 2014 SSA Annual Symposium 2015 SSA Annual Symposium 2016 SSA Annual Conference 2017 SSA PhD Symposium 2017 SSA Annual Conference 2018 SSA PhD Conference 2018 SSA Annual Conference 2019 SSA PhD Symposium 2019



As an organisation, we continue to function during the developing pandemic.

We are following all government and Charity Commission guidance in respect of staff and reporting issues.

Our funding schemes remain open and we are continuing to programme our conferences planned for November 2020.