Academic conferences

Hosting academic conferences at LSE 

LSE has successfully hosted a range of large academic conferences over the last few years, the facilities on campus are well suited to these type of events and staff in the Room Bookings Team are experienced in working with Academic Departments and their external co-hosts to plan and deliver successful large-scale academic conferences.

The most important consideration is the timing of the conference. Please contact in the first instance to discuss possible timings and venues for your conference.

The time periods when it is most likely that a large academic conference could be accommodated are:


  • Last week August / first week September
  • Easter vacation (see term dates)
  • First week summer vacation (subject to Summer School dates, and term dates)

Room Bookings can help identify the most likely venues and timings for your conference based on your requirements and LSE's own academic and teaching commitments (which are prioritised and scheduled ahead of all other bookings), and assist in preparing room hire quotes for the conference budget. 

If your department is officially co-hosting the academic conference discounts on room hire (only) can be offered. Alternatively Room Bookings can work directly with the academic conference organiser if there is no official departmental involvement, in this case please contact


Examples of conference venues

LSE has a wide range of venues and we have hosted academic conferences of varying sizes across combinations of most buildings on campus, all of which have worked well. 

Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics (SASE) 27th Annual Conference – Inequality in the 21st Century

Co-hosted by LSE Management Department

Dates: Between end of exams and start of Summer School (2 – 4 July )

Registration/Exhibition: PAN.G.01 (seating removed)

Plenary & Keynote Lectures: Old Theatre and Hong Kong Theatre

Panels: Teaching rooms in Pankhurst House, Fawcett House and Clement House

Catering: Lunch Vouchers for 4th Floor Restaurant, Old Building and conference reception Staff Common Room/ Staff Dining Room

Feedback: “I talked to many of the conference participants and there were was only praise from them for the good organisation, the clear signage, the student helpers, the efficiency of the AV and technical staff, the social events and good service in the Fourth Floor Restaurant, and the general warm welcome. In a word, all the behind-the-scenes work that makes a conference successful.” (Prof David Marsden, Department of Management)

“This was the biggest SASE conference ever so lots of last minute details to deal with, the LSE Staff were on the spot whenever we needed them. It was amazing.” (Martha Zuber, SASE Executive Director)


Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) International Conference – Inequalities: Addressing the Growing Challenge for Policymakers Worldwide

Co-hosted by International Inequalities Institute

Date: Between end of exams and start of Summer School (13 -14 June )

Registration/Exhibition: Hong Kong Theatre (seating removed)

Plenary & Keynote Lectures: Old Theatre

Panels: Teaching rooms in Clement House

Catering: Lunch vouchers for 4th Floor Restaurant, Old Building and conference reception Staff Common Room /Staff Dining Room

Feedback: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all colleagues who were involved in the organisation that allowed us to host the APPAM conference in the last two days.  It all went very well indeed, and I know that the APPAM staff were very impressed by how smoothly it all worked out and how well the practical arrangements worked.  It was a great credit to the School that we were able to host an event like this and to do it so efficiently” (Prof John Hills, III)

“Thank you so much for hosting us this week!  The conference was a huge success and working with your staff on site was absolutely wonderful.  They were so helpful and literally everywhere, whenever we needed assistance” (Tara Sheehan, APPAM)


LSE Catering

As most LSE buildings have café facilities Conference delegates have the flexibility to purchase their own refreshments from one of the LSE outlets between sessions.  Details of LSE Catering outlets and cafes can be provided for the Conference Programme and web pages.

Pre-ordering Lunch Vouchers for the 4th Floor Restaurant provides flexibility for Conference Organisers and delegates and is an efficient way of catering for large numbers in a central location.

Conference Receptions and Dinners can be accommodated in venues such as the Staff Common Room, Dining Room or Shaw Library. Please contact LSE Catering for further details.



Depending on timing, conference accommodation may be available in LSE Residences. Please contact for further details.


Contact us

For further information or to discuss hosting an Academic Conference at LSE please contact Rachel Ward or one of the Room Bookings Team via or call 020 7955 7461.