Conference Venue: Registration will be available at the Jurys Inn in Central Glasgow from 16:00-23:00 on Tuesday, 18th December. This is also where the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility information session (17:00-18:00) and the opening reception (18:00-23:00) will be held. The rest of the conference will take place at the Gilmore Hill campus of the University of Glasgow. Registration will be available in the Atrium of the Wolfson Medical School Building (WMSB; C8 on the campus map) from 8:30-17:00 on Dec. 19 and 20. Plenary sessions will be held in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Boyd Orr Building (BOB; D1 on the campus map) and contributed talks, coffee breaks and lunch on Dec. 21 will be held in the WMSB. Lunches on Dec. 19 and 20 and the poster session on Dec. 19 will be held in the Glasgow University Union (GUU; E8 on the campus map), which is about a 7 minute walk from where the talks will take place. From the WMSB, turn right on University Avenue, walk up the hill, then down and follow the curve around to the left. The GUU is on the left hand side. Dinner on Dec. 19 will be off-campus. The Civic reception, conference dinner and ceilidh on Dec. 20 will be held at the Hunter Halls (HH; A12 on the campus map), in the main quad of the University.
Getting to Glasgow (directions to Jury’s Inn, 80 Jamaica Street, G1 4QG): Jurys Inn is only 2 minutes from Central Station and 15 minutes from Queen Street Station, with direct rail links to all parts of the UK. The airports of Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick are both easily accessible, the former by bus or taxi and the latter by train.
From Glasgow Central Station – 0.1 km: Three minute walk. Exit Glasgow Central Station from the Union Street exit (east side). Turn right and keep walking down past MacDonalds. Jurys Inn Glasgow is situated at the end of this street (Jamaica Street) on the right hand (west) side
From Glasgow Queen Street Station – 0.2 km: From Queen Street station take the George Square exit. Turn right onto St Vincent St and then left onto Buchanan St. (a closed pedestrian shopping district). Continue down to the end of Buchanan St, turn right onto Argyle St and take an immediate left onto Jamaica St. Jurys Inn is across the road on the right hand (west) side.
From Glasgow International Airport – 15 km: There is a bus (First 500) available at the airport, which will take you to Central Station. The bus is available every 15 minutes and will take approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. Once at Central Station please see directions above.
A taxi to Jury’s Inn will take about 15 minutes and will cost £16 when booked with Glasgow Taxi’s, quoting code CM7. To book, call 0141 429 7070. You can also catch a black cab directly outside of the terminal buildings but the price is likely to be a bit higher (£20).
From Glasgow Prestwick Airport – 48 km: There is a train service available at Prestwick airport, which will take you to Central Station. These trains are available every half hour and will take approximately 30-40 minutes.
By car: Jury’s Inn have discounted rates in the car park immediately opposite the hotel. The rate for 24 hours parking is £7.00.
Getting between the city centre (Jury’s Inn, train stations and bus terminal) and the west end (University of Glasgow G12 8QQ): Glasgow has good public transport and is a safe place to walk.
Subway: The easiest way to travel between the west end and central Glasgow is via the subway. It is one of the oldest in the UK and is small but functional. It has an inner and an outer circle, so that you can get to any stops in either direction; however, choose the direction that has your destination as the closest stop. Tickets cost £1.40 for a single, £2.60 for a return and £3.80 for an all day discovery ticket. The Jurys Inn is close to St. Enoch’s subway station. To get to St. Enoch’s station from the Jurys Inn, leave the hotel on Jamaica street and cross the street at the intersection; turn left (north) and take the first right. Walk down one block and then turn left into a courtyard, where the subway station is located (three minute walk). Take the inner circle of the subway to Hillhead to get to the University; take the outer circle on the return journey. Once you arrive in Hillhead, turn left (south) as you come out of the subway, walk along Byres Road until you reach the crossroads, then turn left up University Avenue; the Boyd Orr Building (where the plenary lectures will be held) will be on your left (tall 60s building). The Wolfson Medical Building, where most of the talks will take place and where the registration desk will be located Wednesday-Friday, is across the road (more modern building with lots of glass and a bike rack out front). Walking between the subway and the University will take about 5 minutes; you should allow 30 minutes in total to get from Jurys Inn to the University. The last subway train from Hillhead to the Centre is at 11:10 pm; trains run every 8 minutes at nonpeak times. There are also buses, but more difficult to predict schedules and not any cheaper than the subway.
Taxis: There are taxi ranks at the train stations at Queen Street and Central Station (in the centre) and outside the Hillhead subway station (in the west end). A taxi between the west end and the centre takes 10-15 outside of rush hour, will cost £5-7 and can work out cheaper than the subway if split between a number of people. If travelling to the University, the best point to be dropped off is at the Botany Gates (University Place Car Park) on University Avenue. The last train to Edinburgh is at 11:30 pm and it is best to leave 30 minutes to get to Queen Street from the West End (20 minutes minimum). Taxi queues can be long late at night. Walking will take about 45 minutes. Taxis to Edinburgh are expensive but can be cheaper than the train if you have a large group.
On Foot: If walking from the Jurys to the west end, the best route to take will depend on the time of day. Although Glasgow is a very safe place to walk in general, it is always recommended (as for any big city) to avoid walking through the parks after dark and the University locks its back gates at night. Walking will take about 45 minutes. From the Jurys Inn, there are lots of routes (google maps will likely suggest a more convoluted route) but the easiest to navigate is to walk directly up to Sauchiehall Street (turn left out of the hotel on Jamaica street and walk north for 10 minutes), then turn left (west) and walk to the motorway (M8). Cross over the motorway and continue walking along Sauchiehall Street, which will turn into Argyll Street. After about 15 minutes, the University will be visible up the hill on the right (north). To walk through the park, turn right at Clifton Street and follow the main path through the park, past the fountain, the duck pond and child’s play area, and then cross the river. The path will come out on Kelvin Way. Cross the road and turn right (north). From here you can take one of two routes: 1) Turn left just below the hill to the University and walk up a steep staircase up to the University, turn left, walk past the main buildings and down the hill, turn right by the Zoology (Graham Kerr Building), then walk straight towards the Botany Gate. Walk through the gate and the Wolfson Medical school building will be on your left (beside a car park); the Boyd Orr Building is the large 60’s building across the road on University Avenue. 2) Continue walking north on Kelvin Way to the corner of University Avenue, turn left and walk up the hill and then down; the Wolfson Medical School Building will be on your left and the Boyd Orr Building on your right. At night, you would need to take the University Avenue route back to Kelvin Way (because the gates will be locked) and you can walk along Kelvin Way to Sauchiehall street. Alternatively, you can turn left at the bottom of University Avenue (by the GUU) and turn immediately right onto Gibson Street, then walk east towards the highway (it will turn into Woodlands Road). Cross the multi-lane road by the highway, turn right and then left onto Sauchiehall street.
By car: It is difficult (and expensive) to park in the west end of Glasgow so we would recommend that you take public transport. If you are commuting and need to park your car in the west end please contact email@example.com in advance.