Venue for 2015

Joining Instructions

If you’re coming to LILAC 2015 you can download a copy of our joining instructions.


LILAC 2015 will be held at Newcastle University.

Newcastle University is a large Russell Group University based in the North East of England with over 22,000 students. In 2014 they were ranked 6th in the UK for overall student satisfaction by the National Student Survey.

The University was established originally in 1834 as the School of Medicine and Surgery. In 1871 Armstrong College was created for the teaching of physical sciences. These two colleges formed one division of the federal University of Durham. The Newcastle Colleges merged to form King’s College in 1937. In 1963, when the federal University was dissolved, King’s College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and latterly, Newcastle University.

LILAC will be hosted in Newcastle University with venues around the city being used for networking and conference dinners.

Newcastle and the North East of England

The City

Newcastle is the regional capital of North East of England. It is a thriving city with a reputation for the friendly welcome it extends to visitors from around the world.

Attractions include theatres and art galleries such as the Laing, The Centre for Life and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and museums like the Great North Museum and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Book. You can stroll along the famous Quayside with its vibrant nightlife and many restaurants, checking out the bridges across the Tyne as you go.

Newcastle is also home to some fascinating libraries; as well as the academic libraries of Newcastle and Northumbria Universities you can visit the new City Library and the old Literary and Philosophical Library , where Sir Joseph Swan demonstrated the very first electric lightbulb.

Newcastle was recently voted the eighth liveliest city in Europe. The Eldon Square Shopping Centre , almost adjacent to the campus, includes department stores, shops, cafes, fast food restaurants and a sports and leisure centre. The renowned Metro Centre, Europe’s largest indoor shopping complex, is within easy reach by bus or train.

The Region

Northumbria is one of the least known and most unspoilt regions of England. It is home to many castles where the violent border battles are now replaced by a tranquillity that is not easily found elsewhere. Stretching from the River Tyne to the Scottish border you’ll find over 50 miles of coastline of outstanding natural beauty, as well as Hadrians Wall, Alnwick Castle (scene of many Harry Potter films) and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors are within easy reach of a day-trip, and it is only 50 miles to the Scottish Borders. Find out what’s on in the region from Newcastle City Council’s Cityeye.

Social Events

The LILAC 2015 networking evening will be held at the Great North Museum, located in the City Centre.

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The Museum contains life size T-Rex dinosaur replica skeleton, an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, a planetarium  and displays on the animal kingdom, Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egypt.

The LILAC 2015 Conference Dinner will be held at Newcastle Civic Centre, a Grade II listed building located in the heart of the city centre.

LILAC strollers Tuesday 7th April (5pm or 6pm)

If you’re arriving before the start of the conference why not meet other delegates on the evening of Tuesday 7th April and take advantage of local knowledge by joining an informal orientation walk? Meet at Grey’s Monument at either 5pm or 6pm and be led by Robinson Library staff down the elegant Grey Street, Dean Street and along the historic Quayside. Your guides will share their local history knowledge, point out landmarks and make suggestions for food and drink along the way. Walks will take no longer than an hour and will finish at the Pitcher and Piano bar, where taxis and Quayside buses are available.

If you would like to come along to one of the walks please email and indicate which time (5pm or 6pm) you will be joining.

LILAC runners Wednesday 8th April (6pm)

The North East is one of the greatest parts of the country for a run. Don’t believe us? Just ask the readers of Runner’s World who voted it top UK Running City in 2013. As well as being home to the Great North Run, the world’s leading Half Marathon, and the “immortalised-in-song” Blaydon Races, we also have an illustrious pedigree of record-breaking athletes, including Brendan Foster and Steve Cram. If you fancy one of the most picturesque city 3 milers you’ll ever run, join a couple of the Robinson Library’s runners on a casual run along the quayside on Wednesday evening (8th) before the Networking event. Just email to register your interest and join us at 6pm at the Newcastle side of the Millennium Bridge.

WiFi Access at LILAC 2015

We have arranged network access for you while attending LILAC, details will be in your welcome pack. If your home institution is a member of Eduroam, you will be able to use your login at Newcastle University.


There is shopping to suit many different tastes: Eldon Square and Northumberland Street feature all the brand names you would expect on a UK high street. High Bridge Street and the Grainger Market feature a wider variety of independent traders.

Food & Drink

Cafes, bars and restaurants can be found throughout the city to suit every taste.  Dean Street and Collingwood Street feature many chain restaurants such as Zizzi’s, Pizza Express and Las Iguanas. Newcastle has reputation as a party city so you’ll find plenty of websites highlighting real ale pubs, cocktail and gin bars. Check out: and

Further Information

The NewcastleGateshead tourist website provides details of the City and its many attractions. You can follow @altweet_pet on Twitter for the latest information city in the area. You can visit the tourist information centre upon your arrival in the City for information and local gifts.