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ATLAS annual conference
Canterbury, United Kingdom
14-16 September, 2016
Tourism, Lifestyles and Locations



The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 7 May 2016



Canterbury Christ Church University takes great pleasure and pride in hosting the ATLAS Annual Conference in September 2016. 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of ATLAS, therefore the conference is designed to bring together all old, current and new ATLAS members as well as welcome non-members to the ATLAS family.

Locations are far from being just a tourist backdrop; they are intimately connected to tastes, desires, memories and a sense of place. Locations are themselves shaped by the tourist gaze, both physically and culturally. New locations are sought for unique adventures, and each year we interact more and more with digital technologies which may influence our tourism decisions and experiences.

For some, tourism is about fashion, fun or simply relaxation. For others a holiday comprises a search for something deeper. Numerous niches cater for lifestyle tourism, unforgettable and immersive experiences which are juxtaposed against the traditional popular mass tourism packages holidays.

The inter disciplinary themes of tourism, locations and lifestyles have been brought together under one conference and we aim to push the boundaries of our understanding of tourism and its relationship to modern lifestyle and to destinations in the contemporary environment.

We welcome high quality and innovative papers on a variety of themes, including but not limited to:

  • Niche tourism and selfhood
  • Landscape and tourism
  • Tourism and the coast
  • Urban locations and tourism
  • Tourism, travel and identity
  • Rural development as tourism locations
  • Ethical tourism and lifestyles
  • Eco tourism and destinations
  • Heritage tourism and location
  • Family Tourism
  • Mass Tourism as a lifestyle concept
  • Digital transformation and contemporary tourism
  • Tourism/Tourist in your own city
  • Sport and Tourism as Elements of Place Branding


Keynote speakers

Victoria Pomery

Victoria Pomery was appointed Director of Turner Contemporary in 2002 to develop an arts organisation in Margate, Kent, as part of a strategy of cultural led regeneration. Working with a small team and with funding from Kent County Council and Arts Council England, Victoria developed a programme of audience development work which included exhibitions, commissions and events. In summer 2006 she was part of the selection panel which appointed David Chipperfield Architects to design a gallery building with a budget of £17.4m. Victoria worked closely with David and his team on the design development. After significant fund raising, the gallery went on site in 2009 and opened to huge critical acclaim in April 2011. 

Since opening the gallery has welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors including HM The Queen and the Prime Minister and now employs 50 FTEs. The gallery runs an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, an exemplary Learning Programme and a dynamic Public Programme. The gallery also operates a café, shop and venue hire business. Turner Contemporary is an active member of the Plus Tate network enabling key loans to be made from Tate Collection including works by JMW Turner.

In 2012, Victoria was awarded an OBE for services to the arts. In 2013 she was made a Kent Ambassador, received an Honorary Masters Degree from the University for the Creative Arts and judged the BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.
Victoria is Chair of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (South East) and is a board member of the Area Council for Arts Council England South East.

Marina Novelli

Marina Novelli is professor of tourism and international development at the University of Brighton. Dr Marina Novelli is an expert in the field of international tourism policy, planning and development. She has advised on numerous international cooperation and research assignments funded by International Development Organisations (IDOs) such as: the World Bank, the UN, the EU, The Commonwealth Secretariat as well as National Ministries, Tourism Boards, Regional Development Agencies and Third Sector Organisations.

Her international reputation is associated with the concept of niche tourism (Novelli, M. ed. (2005) Niche tourism: contemporary issues, trends and cases.  Oxford: Elsevier) and with her extensive applied research on tourism and development in Sub-Sahara Africa, also recently published in Novelli, M., (2016) Tourism and Development in sub-Sahara Africa: Contemporary Issues and Local Realities, Oxford: Routledge.

At the University of Brighton (UK), she leads the research cluster on Policy, Practice and Performance in Tourism, Leisure and Sport of the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies (CoSTaLS), an affiliate member of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). She sees her mission as generating new knowledge on ways in which tourism can play a key role in sustainable development by stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing peoples and changing lives.

David Testa

David Testa is Chief Executive Officer of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the developer behind the London Paramount Entertainment Resort project. 

London Paramount is designated by the UK Government as a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ (NSIP), located close to Ebbsfleet International Station on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North-West Kent, just outside London.  The overarching vision of LRCH is to create the UK’s first world-class, global entertainment destination.  The Resort is the first major business and commercial scheme to be designated an NSIP and is due to open in 2021, subject to planning permission from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It will create up to 27,000 jobs and expects to receive approximately 15 million visitors per annum once fully developed.

David was previously CEO of Gatehouse Bank in London, where he was responsible for setting up the bank and successfully obtaining its banking licence from the UK regulatory authorities.
Prior to joining Gatehouse, David worked for German bank WestLB for more than 10 years and led the Islamic finance team there, closing over US$5 billion of Shariah-compliant transactions  Perhaps most notably, David was the lead banker on the £225m Shariah-compliant UK leveraged buy-out of Aston Martin from Ford Motors. 

Before his career in banking, David was a solicitor in London and Tokyo with Slaughter and May and ashurst (known previously as ‘Ashurst Morris Crisp’).

David holds an MA in Modern History from Oxford University.

Jim Butcher

Over the last 15 years Jim Butcher has pioneered a critique of some commonly held assumptions about leisure travel. Where others have accused the tourism industry, and tourists themselves, of unethical behaviour, cultural arrogance and environmental damage, Butcher has argued in The Moralisation of Tourism (Routledge, 2003) that the ability to travel for leisure  should be seen in rather more optimistic terms. In Ecotourism, NGOs and Development  (Routledge 2007) he critiqued the claim made by environmental and rural development NGOs that ecotourism can constitute exemplary sustainable development . Most recently Butcher has co-written Volunteer Tourism: the Lifestyle Politics of International Development (Routledge, 2015, co-authored with Peter Smith). This monograph argues that volunteer tourism involves a laudable impulse to see the world and help others, but focuses on therapeutic self-realisation rather than development or political enlightenment.

Yoel Mansfeld

Yoel Mansfeld is a Professor in Tourism Planning & Development at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Israel He holds BA and MA (with distinction) from the University of Haifa, Israel and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, UK.

His main areas of academic interests include socio-cultural impacts of tourism development; tourism safety & security, tourism and consumer behaviour; managing cultural and heritage tourism; community-based tourism; religious tourism; tourism planning and development; and sustainable tourism.  Between 2005-2008 he acted as the Chair the Department and since 2001 he has been the Program Leader of the Department’s MA program on “Tourism Planning and Development”. Yoel Mansfeld is the founder and Head of the University of Haifa's Centre for Tourism, Pilgrimage & Recreation Research (CTPRR).

His international academic activities included so far participation in more than fifty international conferences worldwide, a one-year position as a visiting professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Central Florida – USA, as a visiting academic researcher at the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Waikato, New Zealand and at the Faculty of Economics, University of Bologna (Rimini Campus).   In his capacity as the Head of CTPRR he has been an active member of the UNITWIN – UNESCO Network on “Tourism, Culture & Development” led by IREST - the Sorbonne – Paris 1. He is also one of the founding members of the advisory research network on Cultural Routes established by the Council of Europe’s European Institute for Cultural Routes.

Yoel Mansfeld has published extensively in tourism, planning and geography journals and is the Series Editor of: Managing Cultural Tourism: A Sustainability Approach (World Scientific);  co-editor of Tourism, Crime & International Security Issues (JW & Sons); Consumer Behavior in Travel & Tourism (republished also in India and in China) (Haworth Hospitality Press); Tourism, Safety & Security: from Theory to Practice (Elsevier) and a co-author of Christian Tourism to the Holy Land: Pilgrimage during Security Crisis (Ashgate). He also serves on the editorial boards of several leading tourism academic journals.


Conference themes

We welcome high quality and innovative papers on a variety of themes, including but not limited to:

  • Niche tourism and selfhood
  • Landscape and tourism
  • Tourism and the coast
  • Urban locations and tourism
  • Tourism, travel and identity
  • Rural development as tourism locations
  • Ethical tourism and lifestyles
  • Eco tourism and destinations
  • Heritage tourism and location
  • Family Tourism
  • Mass Tourism as a lifestyle concept
  • Digital transformation and contemporary tourism
  • Tourism/Tourist in your own city
  • Sport and Tourism as Elements of Place Branding


 Special tracks

The conference organizers invite proposals for organizing special tracks during the conference and encourage ATLAS Special Interest Groups and Chapters to plan meetings and workshops within or next to the conference program. Please contact before Februari 1st 2016 if you have any plans to organize a SIG meeting or a project meeting during this conference.




Special track 1

Dark Tourism, Memory and Pilgrimage
Supported by the First World War Centenary Partnership

Cemeteries, sites of death and atrocities or so called ‘fun-factories’ are increasingly part of the typical tourist itinerary,  and 2016 marks the midway point in the centenary anniversary events of The Great War, therefore, making it timely to reflect on war as a visitor attraction.
Canterbury Cathedral (the site of an infamous historical murder) is the destination for those who travel along the pilgrim paths from Winchester and Rochester. It is also the beginning of the route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the Via Francigena to Rome. This special track on dark tourism, memory and pilgrimage aims to draw on topics and issues in this growing academic area.

Abstracts of this track are invited to explore, but not limited to the following themes:

  • Contemporary pilgrimage experiences
  • War as a visitor attraction
  • Motivations of dark tourism
  • Thanatourism and morality
  • Specific Case Studies

The convenors have agreed with the European Journal of Tourism Research a special issue on ‘Dark Tourism, Memory and Pilgrimage”.



Special track 2

Reflections on Contemporary Cultural Tourism

Led by Sarah Dance, Project Director, Culture Kent.

This Special Track aims to draw out both academic and industry reflections on contemporary cultural tourism.  It will be led by Sarah Dance, Project Director for Culture Kent, a partnership project aiming to ‘create new strategic relationships between the cultural and tourism sectors’ in Kent (, funded by the Arts Council England and VisitEngland under the Cultural Destinations Programme.  The day’s sessions will provide delegates with an opportunity to explore emerging insights from this cultural tourism project and preview early findings from the Culture Kent Research Programme being delivered by the Tourism and Events Research Hub, CCCU and Visit Kent.  Abstracts of this special track are invited to explore the international, national and local debates on cultural tourism, the cultural tourist and the cultural tourism destination and experience.


  • The contemporary cultural/cultural tourism landscape
  • Changing lifestyles, consumer trends and contemporary cultural tourists
  • Cross-sectorial working in tourism and culture/arts
  • Best practice in tourism/cultural partnerships and networks
  • Cultural destinations and experiences

Papers for this special track will be considered for a forthcoming special issue of 'Tourism Today'.



Special track 3

Volunteer Tourism:  travelling for a change?

Led by Dr Jim Butcher and Dr Angela Benson
Sponsored by the ATLAS Volunteer Tourism Research Group and the American Association of Geographers’ Recreation, Sport & Tourism group

Volunteer tourism has enjoyed a remarkable growth in the last decade, and that has been accompanied by discourses of its meaning, merits and significance for development (both personal and community). This niche is seen by some as harnessing a humanitarian impulse with the potential to contribute to global, ethical citizenship as well as development.  Elsewhere it has attracted criticism for its alleged complicity in creating a neoliberal marketplace for conspicuous virtue and for promoting a neo-colonial sense of moral superiority.

Authors have looked at volunteer tourism in relation to development, identity, social agency, ethics, education and personal development. Yet the efficacy and ethics of making a difference through volunteer holidays remain s both contested and a reflection of wider discussions of development, social agency and identity.

We welcome high quality abstracts on a variety of themes, including:

  • Assessing good / poor practice in the volunteer tourism sector
  • Ethnographic, anthropological and sociological approaches to understanding volunteer tourism
  • Volunteer tourism’s contribution to development / wellbeing / social capital
  • The efficacy and performance of volunteer tourism projects / organisations
  • The view of volunteer tourism from host communities
  • Volunteer tourism, Government / Governance perspectives
  • Volunteer tourism, Cosmopolitanism and Global citizenship*

* Abstracts / papers submitted on this theme will be considered for a special issue of Tourism and Recreation Research titled Tourism, Cosmopolitanism and Global Citizenship (see separate call for papers). The convenors are also looking at other possibilities for publication.



Special track 4

Tourism in an Aging World

Led by:
Carlos Ferreira (IGOT-ULisboa)
Antti Honkanen (University of Eastern Finland)

The remarkable development of tourism business and practices since the late 20th century has progressed in parallel with significant demographic changes on a global scale.

Numbers unveil the magnitude of those recent trends: by 2012 the world population reached 7 billion, of which more than 1 billion is aged 55+; in the same year international tourists also reached 1 billion. Numbers also confirm them as megatrends for the near future: by 2030, one would expect to have 1,8 billion individuals aged 55+ worldwide and a same amount of international tourists.

Population aging, in the context of leisure societies and increased tourism mobilities, thus generates multiple challenges upon which researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations,… should reflect.

In line with the main conference theme, we invite for this Special Track high quality papers focusing on age-related tourism issues, either theoretical perspectives or more applied research.

Papers for this Special Track may explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Lifestyles and the life course: consumption patterns, consumer’s profiles
  • Places to see… places to be: geographical perspectives on senior tourism and retirement migration
  • Active ageing and active holidays: motivations, behaviours and results
  • Ageing and wellbeing tourism
  • Tourism and ageing (public) policies: mind the gap !
  • Tourism industry strategies: untapping the potential
  • New technologies for ageing



Special track 5

Changing Lifestyles and Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Led by Professor Kevin Hannam, Dr Cody Paris and Jihane Adeimi.

Since the “Arab Spring”, the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has experienced widespread conflicts and changes in the political, economic and socio-cultural arenas. At the same time, international tourism has continued to play a significant role in some Arabic countries in the face of new risks, while Halal tourism lifestyles and performances have been developed, following the rise of domestic tourism in the region. Previous research have examined aspects of cultural and heritage tourism and urban tourism development (Daher, 2007) as well as the wider geopolitics and mobilities in this region (Hazburn, 2008). This special track aims to give researchers a platform to discuss more recent tourism developments and changing lifestyles in the MENA region.

We therefore welcome high quality abstracts on a variety of themes, including:

  • Developments in Halal/Islamic tourism and marketing in the MENA region
  • Changing lifestyles, mobilities and tourism performances in the MENA region
  • Changing host-guest relations in the MENA region
  • New tourist destinations and urban tourism developments in the MENA region
  • The politics of events in the MENA region
  • Changing tourism policies and strategies in the MENA region
  • The impact of risks on tourism in the MENA region

The convenors are currently looking at possibilities for publication.



Special track 6

Lifestyle and communities: sharing in the digital era

Led by: Lenia Marques, Jules Hecquet and Dimitrios Buhalis (Bournemouth University, UK)
Supported by: ETourism Lab

The leisure and tourism landscape has been subject to rapid changes in a world where internet and technologies have contributed to shape experiences, relationships, practices and lifestyles. In the network society, the sense of community is also varied and we can interrogate different meanings, values and practices at the heart of changing social interactions. The boundaries between online and offline communities seem to be blurred and they present new societal challenges, which also affect the industry, namely with sharing economy / collaborative consumption practices and communities (such as AirBnB, Uber, Couchsurfing, Meetup, Mealsharing, etc.).

The causes and consequences of such platforms in terms of lifestyle and the sense of community is yet to be studied. Therefore, we welcome papers which may explore, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Online/offline communities and lifestyle
  • Sharing economy / collaborative consumption and lifestyle
  • Social interaction in the digital era
  • Leisure digital practices
  • Events as online/offline communities of practice
  • Digital technologies in the tourism experience
  • Lifestyle challenges in leisure and tourism
  • Impacts of sharing economy / collaborative consumption in conventional industry production systems
  • Research methods in the context of sharing economy / collaborative consumption

The convenors are looking at possibilities for publication.



Special track 7

Space, place, mobilities and moorings in tourism research

Led by: Antonio Paolo Russo

This special track invites contributions which present conceptual, methodological and empirical advances in tourism research especially focusing on processes of construction, transformation, negotiation and signification of place. It is thus a strongly inter-disciplinary session situated at the crossroads of emerging paradigms as mobilities, performativity, creativity and critical and radical studies of tourism.

The intention of this session is to be a ‘refoundational’ event of the Tourism Geography SIG, opening up to a wider range of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches (and changing its name to (Tourist Spaces, Places and Flows). Thus we hope to gather a group of contributors and attendees who will be invited to join this new SIG and help to draft a future activity agenda, including plans for future publications.

We welcome high quality abstracts on a variety of themes, including:

  • Entangling mobilities at tourist destination: tourists, residents and populations ‘in-between’ 
  • The tourist use of public services at destinations
  • Private homes as moorings for tourists
  • Mobilising places and the role of technology
  • Attraction and exclusion agendas in place politics
  • The mobility of crime at tourist destinations 
  • Mobile lives and ‘slow’ places

The intention of this session is to be a ‘refoundational’ event of the Tourism Geography SIG, opening up to a wider range of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches (and changing its name to (Tourist Spaces, Places and Flows). Thus we hope to gather a group of contributors and attendees who will be invited to join this new SIG and help to draft a future activity agenda, including plans for future publications.



Abstract submission

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS by using this form.

Abstracts should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. Abstracts should have between 350-500 words. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which conference topic their proposed paper relates to.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 7 May 2016



Important dates

Abstract submission : March 18th, 2016
Abstract submission extended deadline : April 15th, 2016
Abstract submission second extended deadline : May 7th, 2016
Notification of acceptance : April 15th, 2016
Notification of acceptance of late submissions : May 13th, 2016
Notification of acceptance of latest submissions   May 28th, 2016
Extended abstract submission : July 2nd, 2016
Optional submission of full paper : August 26th, 2016
Conference : September 14th, 2016
Full paper submission : November 14th, 2016



PhD Seminar and Poster Presentation 

Tuesday 13th September 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Malta and Aalborg University, are working in partnership to bring together PhD students of tourism or related disciplines in a one-day colloquium as part of the Annual ATLAS Conference in September. The seminar will provide a chance to network with tourism academics and fellow PhD Researchers.

Students will present to their peers and an academic panel in one of the following pathways:

  • Students who are at the beginning of their PhD.
  • Students who are halfway through their PhD.
  • Students who are completing and maybe preparing for their Viva.

Each pathway will start with a talk from an academic/peer/student who as recently passed through the relevant stage and who will share their experience. The academic panel and PhD peers will provide critical and valuable feedback in a friendly environment.

Students are also invited to participate in a poster presentation, the poster session is always a great opportunity to talk about details, discuss relevant related research, and bond with fellow PhD students. The posters will then be displayed throughout the full ATLAS Conference.
During the conference there will also be a workshop on ‘How to get yourself published’.

Acceptance of a submission will be based on:

  • Theoretical and empirical significance
  • Methodological soundness
  • Relevance to the theme of the conference
  • Logical clarity.

The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the chairpersons of the seminar:

  • Dimitri Ioannides, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
  • Carina Ren, Tourism Research Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Lorna Thomas, Canterbury Christ Church University, Uk
  • Andrew Jones, University of Malta

The official language of the seminar (and the conference) is English.

Abstracts should indicate:

  • Background
  • Theoretical/practical implications
  • Methods and/or data sources
  • Indicative findings of the paper

Interested doctoral students should submit the following (in MS WORD format):

  • A 2000 word abstract (plus figures, tables, and references) of their doctoral research methodology (planned or actual), outlining the methodological direction (and/or challenges) of your research project. The title should be no more than 12 words.
  • A one-page Curriculum Vitae.

Abstracts and CV's should be submitted to ATLAS by sending it to The deadline for submitting abstracts and CV’s is May 7, 2016. You will be notified about the acceptance by May 20, 2016.

The costs of participation of this Doctoral Seminar is € 80 for both ATLAS members and non-ATLAS members.



Scientific committee

  • Angela Benson – University of Brighton
  • Dikaia Chatziefstathiou - Canterbury Christ Church University
  • René van der Duim – Wageningen University
  • Anna Farmaki – Cyprus University of Technology
  • Mark Hampton – University of Kent
  • Kevin Hannam – Leeds Becket University
  • Dimitrios Ioannides – Mid Sweden University
  • Gunnar Þór Jóhannesson - University of Iceland
  • Andrew Jones – University Of Malta
  • Jane Lovell – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Marina Novelli – Unversity of Brighton
  • Shola Osinake – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Carina Ren – University of Aalborg
  • Greg Richards – NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Paolo Russo – University Rovira i Virgili
  • Alexis Saveriades – Cyprus University of Technology
  • Karen Soulby – Sheffield Hallam
  • Marion Stuart-Hoyle – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Antonis Theochaorus  – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Karen Thomas – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Lorna Thomas – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Anastasios Zopiatis – Cyprus University of Technology



Provisional programme

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
9.30 Registration for participants of the PhD Seminar only
10.00 PhD Seminar
15.00 ATLAS Board meeting
18.00 Welcome drinks and pre-registration at St. George Student Union
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
8.00 Registration
9.00 Opening
  Keynote presentation 1: David Testa
  Keynote presentation 2: Marina Novelli
  Coffee break
  Workshop Session 1 
  Workshop Session 2 
  Coffee break
  Workshop Session 3
17.00 Guided city walk to the cathedral and welcome reception at St. Gregory Centre
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
8.30 Registration
9.00 Keynote presentation 3: Victoria Pomery
  Keynote presentation 4: Yoel Mansfeld
  Coffee break
  Workshop Session 4
  Workshop Session 5
  Including parallel workshop "Publishing in Journals" organised by Routledge - Tayler & Francis
  Coffee break
  Workshop Session 6
17.00? Conference dinner
Friday, September 16th, 2016
9.00 Registration
9.30 Keynote presentation 5: Jim Butcher
  Coffee break
  Workshop Session 7
  ATLAS members' meeting
  Including presentations from one of the ATLAS experts
  Cosing session
13.00 Lunch
  Optional conference tour

Post-conference dinner (at own expenses)




Conference packages

Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members
  • Conference materials
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • 3 lunches
  • Conference dinner
  • Guided walking tour
€ 300 € 395
Doctoral students
  • Conference materials
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • 3 lunches
  • Guided walking tour
€ 80 € 130

PhD seminar

  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Evening activity
€ 80 € 80
Conference dinner € 45
€ 45
Excursion on Friday € 30
€ 30
  • Welcome reception
  • Conference dinner
  • Excursion on Friday
  • Guided walking tour
€ 75
€ 75



Cancellation policy

If written cancellation is received on or before September 1st, 2016, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50. No refund will be possible after September 1st 2016, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference venues

The 2016 ATLAS Annual Conference and PhD Colloquium will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University on our Canterbury Campus. The largest of our campuses, Canterbury is situated in a World Heritage Site, and adjoins St Augustine’s Abbey.

The campus is within five minute walk of Canterbury Cathedral and the city centre and most hotels, a ten minute walk from Canterbury East train station (trains from several London stations) and a twenty minute walk from Canterbury West train station, (Canterbury West Train Station is where the high speed train links London St Pancras to Canterbury; the journey takes just one hour). The campus is 16 miles from the Port of Dover.

The Canterbury campus hosts all the facilities such as lecture theatres for plenary sessions, parallel sessions rooms, food courts and cafes, toilets, cash machines etc. needed for the conference.

Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

Map and Directions


Conference organisers




Organising committee

  • Lorna Thomas – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Ken Aduhene – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Shola Osinake – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Antonis Theochaorus  – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Constantinos Papadopoulos - Cyprus University of Technology
  • Savvas Sakkadas - Cyprus University of Technology
  • Anastasios Zopiatis - Cyprus University of Technology

Organising partners







Recommended: St George’s Centre
Accommodation is available for the 2016 ATLAS Annual Conference at St George’s Centre in the heart of Canterbury. St George’s is our 5 star University accommodation, situated only a short walk away from the North Holmes Road campus and a stone’s throw away from the town centre and other local attractions. All rooms have small double beds and en-suite bathrooms and we do have some fully accessible rooms.
The rate per person per night at St George’s is £57.60 INC VAT and this includes a full English or continental breakfast in the morning served in the lounge bar area of St George’s Centre. Double occupancy rates are also available for £80.40 INC VAT per room per night including breakfast.
Please contact the Conference and Events department at  or call the office on +44-1227 863597+44-1227 863597 to make an enquiry for accommodation and they will be able to make the booking on your behalf.

Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central Hotel

(within a five minute walk from the conference venue)
63 Ivy Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1TU
Prices start from £55.00 per room per night
To book online

Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre
(within a five minute walk from the conference venue)
1-7 New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1UP
Prices start from £70.00 per room per night
To book online!/hotels/england/kent/canterbury/canterbury-city-centre.html

Best Western Abbotts Barton Hotel
(within a ten minute walk from the conference venue)
36 New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3DU
Special conference rate £84.00 per night inclusive of breakfast.
To book please call 01227 760341+44-1227 760341 and quote “Canterbury Christ Church University”

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

(within a five minute walk of the conference venue and within the cathedral grounds)
The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH
Prices start from £93.00
To book online

The Falstaff Hotel in Canterbury  
(a fifteen minute walk to the conference venue)
8-10 St Dunstan's St, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8AF
Prices start from £89.00 per room per night
To book online

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