​UKRO Conference 2018

Each year the UK Research Office organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers.

The 2018 edition will take place from Thursday 21 until Friday 22 June at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

Twitter tag: #UKROConf


UKRO Conference Programme (.pdf)

The UKRO Conference 2018 will include a number of expert speakers, predominantly from the European Commission and its Executive Agencies in Brussels, but also from the UK Research Councils. EU funding practitioners and evaluators will also help to inform and stimulate discussions with the participants. This year's event will offer a mix of R&I policy-oriented plenary sessions and panel discussions with high-profile speakers, as well as parallel and practical sessions. The transition from Horizon 2020 to the next EU Framework Programme, Continuity of the UK involvement in and post Horizon 2020, Impact in Horizon 2020 Projects, International Cooperation, and UN Sustainable Development Goals are among the topics that this flagship UKRO event will address.

UKRO Subscriber Representative Elections will take place during the conference. Six European Liaison Officers have put themselves forward as candidates. Furthermore, during the conference, participants will have the unique opportunity to visit the NOC facilities.   

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The registration and payments are managed by the National Oceanography Centre on behalf of UKRO. The registration is now closed.

The conference prices include attendance, refreshments throughout the two days, the networking reception and conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 21 June. To receive the UKRO subscribers discount while proceeding with the online registration and payment, please select UKRO Subscriber in the relevant section.

  Early registration: before 30 April 2018 (VAT not included) Standard registration (VAT not included)
UKRO Subscribers£395

Please note that accommodation is not included in the conference price and participants need to book it separately. Please see below for suggested accommodation options, including hotels with prices negotiated specifically for delegates.


National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Address: European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 6666


The NOC is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded research facility located on the waterfront in Southampton. UKRO Conference participants will have the unique opportunity to visit the NOC's facilities, including the National Oceanographic Library, British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility and Boaty McBoatface.


Travel and Accommodation

Travel links to and from Southampton make the city easy to access by road and rail (about 1.5 hours from London). The city has its own airport (Southampton Airport), located 7 minutes by train from the city centre, with good road and rail links to London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports. Direct flights from Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Belfast are available.

The NOC has good links with the central train station and airport by the UNIlink bus service, which operates a service to the NOC complex approximately every seven minutes.

The venue is a short walk from many of the hotels and B&B providers in Southampton.

NOC has a negotiated rate with the Jury's Inn Southampton Hotel. The rate is £78.00 including VAT for a single room with breakfast. The online promotional code is 'JINATI200618'. Please note that rooms should be booked early and are subject to availability.