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For convenience at time of booking, accommodation options are available. The Conference Hotel will be the Hilton Hotel which is very close to The Sage

You can book your accommodation alongside your Registration, via the on-line system.

The Organisers have made block bookings with two hotels in Gateshead, both adjacent to The Sage, for participants’ convenience at the time of registering.

CLICK Here for the Hotel Listing

You can book your accommodation alongside your Registration, via the on-line system.



The accommodation account (less the deposit paid including any extras) is payable by you directly to the hotel on your departure. A receipt for all accommodation costs will be available from your hotel on departure.

Important Booking Guidelines:

  1. No booking will be made if a credit card number is not provided.
  2. Accommodation cannot be guaranteed after 15th May 2012 as block allocations will need to be returned to the hotels.
  3. The Conference Secretariat is not able to accept any requests for late bookings after 1st June 2012. At that time, we recommend that you visit:
  4.  Cancellations: all accommodation alterations or cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Conference Secretariat. Any cancellations are subject to the hotel re-selling the space.

Guidance on discounted late bookings

The Organisers have endeavoured to obtain the best rates possible on the basis of block bookings. However, it may be possible for individuals to obtain cheaper rates if bookings are made shortly before the Conference, either via agencies on the Internet or direct to a hotel. If you decide to make your own arrangements for accommodation, your request for rates for late bookings should be directed to the hotel of your choice and will be subject to availability.

Travelling to Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle International Airport offers scheduled flights throughout the UK and Europe and is situated just 5 miles away from the city centre, with a very easy and reliable Metro service taking around 20 minutes to transfer between Airport and Newcastle Central Station in the city centre.

There is a train service that runs from London to Newcastle and back approximately every half an hour that also stops at Doncaster and Peterborough. The journey usually takes around 3 hours. Edinburgh is only a one and a half hour train ride away. There are also regular trains that connect the rest of the country including places such as Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Oxford, Manchester, Glasgow, York and many others.

The SOM ASM 2012 Compact Conference Triangle!

We have purposefully arranged that the Conference venue, hotels and social event venues being used for SOM ASM 2012 are close together and easy to find. All are within easy walking distance of each other, offering delegates convenient and easy access, without necessarily the need for taxis, once you have arrived.

Angel of the North

As you approach Tyneside either via car or train you are greeted by the welcoming wide-open arms of The Angel of the North as it comes into view.

Visited by over 150,000 visitors a year, people come from all over the globe to witness the huge structure in all of its flesh and glory, designed by Antony Gormley and built of Hartlepool steel. The Angel of the North emits a strength and power that so many people enjoy on their first visit and many come back and visit again. The parks and green around the Angel of the North make a great picnic area for families, it really is a breath taking experience. It stands over 65 feet, higher than four double-decker buses. Its wingspan stretches 175 feet almost the length of a jumbo jets wings.

The Angel of the North is one of England's 12 official icons. It is reported that every second the structure is seen by more than one person travelling by, that's over 90,000 people everyday or nearing 34 million each year! Clearly its location makes it one of the most viewed artworks in the entire world.