Booking a place at the Symposium

The Oxford Symposium, a weekend conference on Food and Cookery, held annually at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, takes place in 2020 from Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July on the subject of Herbs and Spices. St. Catz, Oxford’s only Modernist college, was designed by Arne Jacobsen and is considered a modern masterpiece. The College lies just south of the city center, a 10­-15 minute walk from the Bodleian Library. Further images and information are on the college website.



St Catz offers a large number of en­suite rooms, which are conveniently located in close proximity to our dining and lecture rooms. They are comfortable, but equipped with single beds and have no air-conditioning, and we would suggest that those people who prefer a higher standard of accommodation should book a room in the town. Symposiasts may book these for extra nights before and after the Symposium at the ‘Bed & Breakfast’ rate listed on the registration form. The Symposium is a busy event running a full programme Friday – Sunday. We encourage Symposiasts to consider arriving on the Thursday and leaving on the Monday to ensure there is enough opportunity to fully participate in the Symposium.  A limited number of twin-bedded rooms are available for couples, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.Details of how to book additional beds for non-attending partners can be found on our booking page. Attendees may also opt to find accommodation outside the College. We are, however, unable to assist with outside bookings.


Online registration uses PayPal and opens in mid-December for the 2020 Symposium. Please note that do you not need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal. The system accepts payment through all major credit cards for those without PayPal accounts.  Should you prefer to pay by cheque, please print and send the attached registration form with your payment (UK cheques only; our bank no longer accepts dollar or Euro cheques). We recommend, however that those coming from abroad lock in the best rate of exchange using the online system.
Places are allotted on a first-come, first- served basis, please register as early as possible, particularly if you intend to present a paper. The maximum number of places is 230.

Payment details

If you use option 2 or 3 please also print and post a completed registration form to the registrar (download this PDF). With option 1, your details will be recorded automatically by the system.
1 – Credit card payment via paypal on our on-line registration system
Click here for PRICES and online booking.

2 – Direct bank transfer from any bank account to the Symposium bank account.
Account name: Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.
Account no: 65621576.
Sort code: 08-92-99.
IBAN: GB38CPBK08929965621576.
Branch: Co-operative Bank, P.O. Box 250, Delf House, Southway, Skelmersdale WN8 6WT, UK.
3 – Cheques in sterling from a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to OXFORD SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD & COOKERY.

Please make cheques payable to Oxford Symposium.
Send cheques to:
Priscilla White, 27 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1PQ. United Kingdom

Cancellations are refundable up to 31 May 2020, minus a £100 administration charge.


Fees are always kept as low as possible. A range of options, including whether or not to stay in College and attendance at the Friday and Saturday night dinners, will be found on the registration form. If you have questions, please contact our Registrar, Priscilla White, at

Student Rates

Registered students are entitled to attend the Symposium at a significantly reduced rate. Details of grants and awards available can be found here. Students may now register online but will be required to furnish the Registrar with proof of full­ time enrolment.