VENUE AND LOCATION
The Symposium will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University, which is in Manchester City Centre, close to all main hotels, travel facilities and other amenities. The address is as follows:
The Business School,
Entry to the Symposium is on the south side of the building; just follow the IABSE signs.
With a population of 3 million, Manchester is a UK major city and the centre of the so-called Northern Powerhouse, developing industry, commerce, science, arts and culture in the north of England. It is the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and a leading centre for research into the technologies that will drive solutions to the worldwide climate emergency. As such, it is the ideal venue for this Symposium addressing Construction’s Role for a World in Emergency.
Getting to Manchester
The nearest airport, for those arriving by air, is Manchester International Airport, about 20 minutes from the city centre by train.
It is also possible to arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick airports, take the train into London, and then transfer to take a train to Manchester Piccadilly station which is about 15-20 minutes’ walk from the venue. Manchester Oxford Road station is the nearest train station to the venue; just 5 minutes’ walk away.
IABSE Spring Meetings
The Spring Meetings of IABSE may be held immediately preceding the Symposium at the nearby University of Manchester.
A range of hotels have been identified within easy reach of the Symposium venue, and favourable rates have been negotiated through our partners, Successful Events. The main IABSE HQ hotel will be the Hyatt Regency which is just 5 minutes’ walk from the venue, but arrangements with other hotels have also been made. Details can be found on the event website here, and delegates are urged to book early to avoid disappointment.
Other accommodation options are available, with a large number of properties available nearby through Airbnb and Booking.com, for example.
Time Difference: The time in Manchester in April will be British Summer Time (BST) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Electricity: The electrical power supply in the UK is 240 volts. Standard sockets are type G with three rectangular pins. Check the details online if needed.
Currency: The UK currency is the British Pound, also known as Pounds Sterling. Foreign money can be exchanged at banks on business days as well as in hotels, at the airport and in bureaux de change. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.
Language: The official language of the symposium is English.
Certificate of Attendance: A certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered participants.
Badges: Badges will be distributed at the registration desks upon arrival. Participants without badges will not be admitted to the symposium activities.Letter of Invitation: Upon request, a letter of invitation will be sent to any registered participants. This letter will be sent solely to assist participants in obtaining leave to travel from their institution or organisation. To request kindly email email@example.com