Lancaster University (UK), 28 - 31 March 2003

Conference location

Map of Britain showing Lancaster The conference will take place on the Lancaster University campus. Accommodation is included in our conference registration (residential options), but you may wish to book a hotel or guest house (bed & breakfast) directly. There are others options listed at the Virtual Lancaster website. Maps and travel details are available from the University's web site. In particular, train times between Lancaster and Manchester Airport can be found on the railway website. This service is run by First North Western and Virgin Trains. Timetables are also available from their websites (download pdf). Train tickets are around £20 (return) depending on your time of travel. Once at Lancaster railway station we recommend you take a taxi (available from just outside the station) to the conference centre at the University, this taxi journey should take at most 10 minutes and cost about £5 depending on the time of day.

If you prefer, you can pre-book an airport taxi direct from Manchester Airport to the University. This will cost around £80 (return, pre-booked journey, paying by credit card) and take at least an hour depending on traffic conditions. Taxis can be booked directly with the following company:

The same pre-booked taxi fare from Executive Cars applies to journeys from Liverpool Airport. Public transport is more awkward from Liverpool, involving a bus from the airport to Liverpool and then a train journey.

Details are also available on-line about campus services and amenities. Away from the conference, there is plenty to see and do in the city of Lancaster and the surrounding area.

Arrival and departure

If you have booked overnight accommodation you should register at the Conference Reception desk in the Conference Centre after 2pm. The conference centre is situated between Bowland and Lonsdale colleges (conference centre numbered 10A between numbers 4 and 33 on the campus map, main entrance approached from Lonsdale Avenue). This desk is open from 0800 to 2300. You will then be given your room key and directed to your college building: the porter there will direct you to your bedroom. If you are arriving after 11pm, a sign will be left outside the conference centre to indicate that the conference centre is closed, and room keys can be collected from security in the reception building (number 43 on the campus map). The standard room delegates are allocated to rooms in Pendle College. En-suite delegates are allocated to the John Creed blocks in Cartmel College. Please remember to return your key to reception before leaving. Rooms must be vacated by 10.00 am on the day of departure. Parking for conference delegates is permitted on the outer perimiter road. A visitor's parking permit may be obtained from the conference centre reception desk.

Location for conference sessions

Main conference sessions will take place in the George Fox building (number 20 on the campus map). George Fox rooms 2 - 6 will be used for the workshops on March 27th, and George Fox rooms 1 - 6 will be used for the main conference sessions. All these rooms have induction loop facilities.

Presentation facilities

George Fox rooms 1 - 6 are all equipped with fixed PCs with projectors. The PCs run Windows 2000 and Office 2000, Acrobat Reader 5, have internet access, floppy disk drives, and CD drives. Overhead projectors are also available. If you wish to make handouts yourself, we suggest at most 100 copies. Presentations at the main conference should be 20 minutes, with another 10 minutes for questions.

Internet access

Conference participants will have access to the internet via publicly-available computers in the university library. Please see the library's website for their opening times. We can allocate usernames to you at the conference desk in the George Fox foyer.

A view of the campus Campus accommodation