The conference will be held in the David Hume Tower of the University of Edinburgh (with plenary papers in a nearby lecture hall). The David Hume Tower is building 53 on the map on page 3 in this document, and highlighted on the map on the right.

Travelling to Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Airport is quite large, with many direct flights from Europe, and excellent connections to Heathrow, Schiphol and other major hub airports in Britain and Europe. However, given that the Olympics will begin in London about a week after the conference starts, you may find that travelling via London is expensive.

Travelling from Edinburgh Airport to central Edinburgh:

The airport is situated about eight miles (12 km) west of the city centre. The easiest way to travel into the city centre is via the very frequent, fast, comfortable and safe dedicated bus service (Airbus 100), which takes about 30 minutes, and costs £6 for a return journey (£3.50 for a single). However, there is ongoing construction work in the centre of Edinburgh as the new tram system is developed, so there may be some delay to the service. Details of the service can be found at www.flybybus.com - the last stop on this journey will leave you right in the heart of Edinburgh opposite Waverley station.

Another bus (service 35) is even cheaper (currently £1.40 for a single ticket), but takes longer to get to the centre. It stops near the university (you should get off at Forrest Road), about five minutes walk from the conference venue.

Alternatively you could take a taxi from the airport - a typical journey time takes around 25 minutes; fares vary according to the distance travelled and the time of day but will typically be no less than £20.

The main railway station is Edinburgh Waverley, in the city centre. It is a good orientation point, situated between the New Town and the Old Town, just next to Princes Street (the main central shopping street in Edinburgh). There are normally lots of taxis available from the station.

Travelling from central Edinburgh to the University:

To get to the conference venue (David Hume Tower, off George Square), you could take a taxi from the station, or a bus. If you would like to walk, it would take about 15 minutes (uphill). Given the disruption caused by the construction of the new tram system, we will only be able to provide accurate information regarding bus services in the final circular at the beginning of July.

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts and Workshop Proposals:

10 January 2012

Notification of Acceptance:

10 February 2012

Early Registration Opens:

6 March 2012

Early Registration Closes:

15 April 2012


16-19 July 2012

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