About the conference



Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference

Taking on Dementia Together

Alzheimer's Society is holding its biggest-ever conference in London on Thursday 18 May. We will be bringing together the health, social care, research and policy communities to discuss how best to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia.

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand the views and priorities that matter from a range of high-profile national and international speakers and join the debate on what needs to be done.

Date: Thursday 18 May

Time: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms

Address: 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA

At the conference we will:

  • Unveil the findings of our biggest ever conversation with people affected by dementia
  • Explore in greater depth what works and the challenges across health, care, diagnosis, drug discovery and research
  • Hear and ask questions from leading figures in government, health and research




Our conference programme is CPD accredited and will give you the unpreceded opportunity to hear and ask questions to the leading figures in dementia, health, social care and research fields.

You will also attend workshops to explore in greater depth what works in dementia care, as well as the big challenges. Browse our plenary sessions, workshops and key speakers in more detail in our Conference Programme.

Download our full programme.

Venue and travel

Venue and travel

Venue and travel

Please find below details about the conference and how to travel there.

Conference address

Grand Connaught Rooms
61 - 65 Great Queen Street, 
Telephone: 020 7405 7811


London Euston, Kings Cross, and St Pancras International stations are under a 30-minute walk or a short taxi ride away. Kings Cross station is just three stops away on the London Underground’s Piccadilly line. All of London’s remaining mainline stations are easily reached by the underground network.


Holborn station (Central and Piccadilly lines) is the nearest tube and just a three minute walk to the venue.  Covent Garden tube (Piccadilly line) is a ten minute walk.


The following buses travel through Holborn:

521, 25, 242 and 8


There is no carpark located at the Grand Connaught Rooms but delegates are welcome to park at Bloomsbury Square car park, located only a 10 minute walk to the venue. Please visit the Bloomsbury carpark website and use the code GCR2017 to get discounted rates.





Where and when?

The Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2017 will take place from 18 – 19 May at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London.

What are the venue address details?

Grand Connaught Rooms
61 - 65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA 
Telephone: 020 7405 7811

What is the travel distance from the nearest tube?

Holborn station (Central and Piccadilly lines) is the nearest tube and just a three minute walk to the venue; see map for directions.  Covent Garden tube (Piccadilly line) is a ten minute walk.

The following buses travel through Holborn: 521, 25, 242 and 8.

Who will be attending?

The conference brings together leading influencers in health and social care, Members of our Dementia Friendly Communities Programme, PM Task and Finish group, Central and local government, NHS and third sector organisations and Alzheimer’s Society Research Network volunteers, funded researchers and staff.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the conference varies based on the sector you work in.

Ticket type General rate Early bird rate
Voluntary Sector £140 £126
Public Sector £180 £172
Private Sector £250 £225
Gala Dinner - with conference ticket £65 £65
Gala DInner - Ticket only  £75 £75

Alzheimer's Society funded researchers and Research Network volunteers will receive complimentary passes to the conference and gala dinner.

Which sector do I fall into?

Voluntary sector - Third sector, charities, not-for profits, Small Medium Enterprises, Community Interest Companies

Public sector - NHS, local government, central government, universities, councils and other public sector organisations

Private sector - Commercial and profit-making organisations

Is this conference CPD accredited?

Yes, we are CPD accredited. On completion of the post event evaluation form you will be sent your certificate via email.

How can I register for the conference?

You will need to register online via our registration system; please click on the link on the conference webpages and this will take you through the necessary steps for payment and to complete registration for a delegate place.

How do I pay for my place at the conference?

When placing your booking you can either pay by credit or debit card (Visa and MasterCard only) via the booking system or request an invoice. 

If you wish to pay by credit card at a later date you can do so by clicking the link in your confirmation email. You will be directed to your conference booking and will be able to Submit Payment once you login to your booking.

How do I pay by invoice?

To pay by invoice select the ‘Invoice’ option on the payment page of the booking system. An invoice will be sent to you. If you wish to supply a purchase order please contact the Conferences team at conferences@alzheimers.org.uk and an amended invoice will be sent to you. 
If your invoice remains outstanding one week before the conference, you will be sent a payment reminder.

If payment is not received by the conference date, a member of the registration team will take payment on-site for the full invoice amount. Delegates cannot enter the conference if their invoice is still outstanding. Full payment must be taken and received by Alzheimer's Society before entry is allowed. 

Are there any early bird rates?

There is a 10% discount for those registering by Tuesday 28 February.

How and when do I receive my confirmation once I have registered?

You will receive an email confirmation once you have completed your registration. You will not be able to attend the conference unless payment is made. If you have requested an invoice to be sent to yourself or your organisation, and have yet to receive your email confirmation, this means the invoice has yet to be paid and is still outstanding. 

Is there a deadline for payment?

Yes, the deadline for BACS transfer is three working days prior to the conference. Funds must cleared by Friday 10 May.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

If you would like to cancel your place click the link in your confirmation email to unregister yourself from the conference via our booking system. To be eligible for a full refund you must cancel your place by Wednesday 19 April. You will be charged an admin fee of £10.00 for the cancellation.
After this date we will refund 50% of the original booking fee, less the £10.00 admin fee up to and including Wednesday 3 May 2017.

Cancellations received after 3 May 2017 will not receive a refund.

Can I amend my booking after completion?

Yes, use the link in your email to login to your booking. Click ‘Modify’ to amend your booking. You can submit payment, amend your session choices and change answers to the registration questions. The deadline for amending bookings is Tuesday 10 May.

I can’t attend, can I appoint a colleague to attend in my place?

Yes, use the link in your email to login to your booking. Click ‘Substitute Registrant’ and enter the details of the person who will attend in your place. The deadline for substitutions is Tuesday 10 May.

How do I book for sessions?

We will be using a booking system which will allow attendees to pre book sessions at the conference. You will be asked to select your sessions when booking your place at the conference. 

Will I be able to get a copy of presentations?

We will aim to get a copy of presentations from each speaker to be available after the event. These will be found on our webpage but as this is at the discretion of the speaker we cannot guarantee all will be available.

I want to present a poster, how can I apply?

We will not be have a poster session at the conference. Any reference to a poster session applies only to our funded researchers who are able to present posters during the dedicated research conference on Friday 19 May.

I wish to submit an abstract, how can I apply?

We regret to inform you that we will not be accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference.

Can I see a delegate list before the event? 

No, delegate lists will only be available on the day.

Can I see a list of exhibitors attending the conference?

Once our exhibitors are confirmed they will be detailed on our conference webpage.

Can I exhibit and/or sponsor at the conference?

For all exhibition enquiries and opportunities please visit our exhibition opportunties page.

I have hearing problems, can you help?

During sessions a member of the research team will be able to direct you to a seat near the front of the room if you identify yourself. The venue also has a hearing loop; please ensure you indicate you require this when registering for the event.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

The dress code at the conference will be smart/casual.

What are the start and finish times of the event?

The conference will start at 9.00am for registration, exhibition and refreshments.

The conference programme will start at 9.45am and will finish at 5pm. 

Is lunch included? 

Yes, lunch and refreshments will be served at the appropriate times.

Is there a drinks reception/dinner at the conference which I can attend? 

Yes, there will be a gala dinner on Thursday 18 May, at 7pm in the Grand Hall.

If you wish to attend the dinner you can book your place(s) when booking onto the conference through our booking system. The cost of attending the dinner is £65 with a conference ticket or £75 ticket only..

Is there a cloakroom at the Grand Connaught Rooms?

Yes there is a cloakroom in the lobby area on the ground floor.

Will there a quiet room during the conference?

Yes there will be a quiet room to use.

Is Wi-fi available at the conference?

Yes, you will be given the wi-fi network and access password on arrival. 

What are the venue Fire Procedures?

If you hear the fire alarm, please use the nearest exit door with a green sign (do not use the lift). The assembly point is opposite the Freemasons' Hall, London 60 Great Queen St. Delegates will need to exit the venue and turn left.

Is there wheelchair access at the Grand Connaught Rooms?

Yes there is wheelchair access and a lift available to all floors. There is a stair climber for accessing the building which the venue will need to know time of arrival and type of wheelchair for this in advance. Please indicate when making your booking that you require assistance or wheelchair access. 

Where is the nearest hotel to the conference?

The Kingsway Hall Hotel is situated next door to the Grand Connaught Rooms, please follow the link for further details. 

Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, 
Covent Garden, London WC2B 5BXl
Telephone: 020 7309 0909 

Is there a carpark?

There is not a carpark located at the Grand Connaught Rooms but delegates are welcome to park at Bloomsbury Square car park, located only a 10 minute walk to the venue. Please visit the Bloomsbury carpark website and use the code GCR2017 to get discounted rates.

Contact us

If you have queries about any part of the conference please email our team at conferences@alzheimers.org.uk or alternatively call us on 0300 222 11 22.