Getting to Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a well-connected modern city. Fast train services connect the city with the rest of the UK and to the Eurostar. Edinburgh and nearby Glasgow airports offer domestic, European, and long-haul destinations. The city is well-provided with local and national bus and coach connections, and can be easily reached by road.
Edinburgh Airport handles over 9 million passengers each year flying to more than 100 destinations. Frequent flights connect Edinburgh with UK hubs such as London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, European hubs such as Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Amsterdam, and long haul destinations including New York. The airport is just 40 minutes from Edinburgh city centre by bus, taxi, or tram.
Link: Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh’s famous Waverley Station is in the city centre, just under the castle. High-speed trains connect Edinburgh with London’s Kings Cross-St. Pancras station in around 4 hrs 30 minutes. Eurostar rail connections to Brussels and Paris can be made at St. Pancras. Regular trains run from Edinburgh to all other parts of the United Kingdom.
Link: Train Information
The congress takes place in the Central Area of The University of Edinburgh from Sunday 14 July to Friday 19 July 2019.
Registration and plenary sessions take place in The McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG (Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/R6bUh1tF5NGibKi38).
On arrival, you should go to the registration desk in the McEwan Hall to collect your delegate pack and name badge. The registration desk is also a helpdesk. It is open at the following times:
- Sunday 14 July: 15:00 – 19:00
- Monday 15 July: 08:00 – 18:30
- Tuesday 16 July: 07:00 – 19:30
- Wednesday 17 July: 07:30 – 13:00
- Thursday 18 July: 07:00 – 19:30
- Friday 19 July: 07:00 – 17:00
There will be a luggage room available on Sunday 14 July and on Friday 19 July during registration opening hours.
Panel sessions take place in buildings on George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG a few metres walk from McEwan Hall (Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/45HZuejctkg1co8S8).
The following information may be useful:
- Travel to the Central Area: https://www.ed.ac.uk/transport/travelling-here/central-area
- Campus Maps: https://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps
- Information about seminar rooms: https://www.ed.ac.uk/timetabling-examinations/timetabling/room-bookings/bookable-rooms3/rooms/central
WiFi is available throughout the campus. The Eduroam network is available in all conference venues. If you do not have access to Eduroam please collect a WiFi pass for the University’s Central network from Registration Desk.
University Accommodation: Pollock Halls
Pollock Halls is the University of Edinburgh’s main residential village. Located in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, but just 1200m from George Square, Pollock Halls has over 2000 rooms available over the University’s summer vacation.
- Address: Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY
- Pollock Halls on Google Maps
Pollock Halls has a range of room types from single standard rooms to double or twin en-suite. Facilities on site include a restaurant which serves breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals and a bar area. All rooms have wireless internet and include a full Scottish breakfast. Reception is open 24-hours for check in. Prices are:
- Single bedroom with shared bathroom: £34.00 per night
- Single bedroom with ensuite bathroom: £43.00 per night
- Twin/Double bedroom with twin beds or 1 double bed and ensuite bathroom for double occupancy: £86.00 per night
Hotels and Guest Houses
Edinburgh is a major business and tourist destination. Hotels range from internationally renowned five star hotels such as the Balmoral, with its famous clock tower, to budget hotel chains such as Travelodge and Ibis. In between, there are many mid-range and boutique hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.
Edinburgh also has hundreds of guest houses offering bed and breakfast accommodation in some of the city’s most interesting buildings, from elegant Georgian town houses to properties tucked away in lanes and wynds in the old town. The Edinburgh Tourist Office provides extensive information on accommodation options.