Conference venue: St John's College

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Getting to the Conference venue once in Oxford

St John's College, Oxford
St John's College, Oxford

The conference will be held at St John's College, Oxford, which was founded in 1555. St John's is one of the constituent colleges of the Unviersity of Oxford. The College is located very near to the centre of Oxford, and is a short walk from the main transport hubs. The full address of the College is St John's College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP, UK. The location of the College can be found on Google Maps. There is information on how to reach the College on its website.

Airports coaches (from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) arrive at Gloucester Green Bus Station. This is a five minute walk from St John's College, and a walking route can be found here. We do not recommend getting a taxi from the Bus Station, as it is quicker to walk. Trains from London or from Birmingham and Southampton Airports arrive at Oxford Rail Station, which is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the College and a walking map can be found here. The main entrance to the College is on the East side of St Giles, and is shown in the picture below.

Entrance to St John's College, Oxford
Entrance to St John's College, Oxford

When you arrive, please report to the Porters' Lodge (inside the wooden door, on the right hand side). The Porters will issue you with a room key and will provide directions to your room. A map of the College can be downloaded here: College map.pdf. The conference will be based in the Auditorium and surrounding rooms in the Garden Quadrangle (marked "15" on the map).


Most participants have chosen to stay on-site. Ensuite rooms will be located in the Kendrew Quad (near "20" and "21" on the College map). Non-ensuite rooms will be located elsewhere in College. The bedrooms will be good quality student rooms.

Towels are provided. Limited toiletries are provided, but participants may wish to bring their own. Hairdryers are not provided. Please note that the UK power plug sockets have different connections to most of the rest of Europe, the USA and Japan. It may be necessary to bring a converter, which can be purchased at most airports.

Conference facilities

All the main conference activities will take place within the walls the College, with registration, talks and poster sessions based in the Garden Quadrangle (marked "15" on the map). Oral presentations will take place in the Auditorium, which is a 197 seat semi-tiered lecture theatre. The poster sessions will take place in an adjoining room. Meals will be taken in the College's historic dining hall (marked "1" on the map). The College Bar (marked "12" on the map) will be open from 6pm to 11pm (midnight after the Conference Banquet), and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks which can be purchased with cash.

Internet connection

Wireless internet will be provided in the conference area. This will be Eduroam compatible, so participants affiliated with member institutions should be able to connect using their own accounts. Individual log-in details will be provided for others during the conference registration process.

For those staying on site, wired internet will be available in the bedrooms. Instructions for connection will be provided by the Porters on arrival. It is necessary to have a standard ethernet cable to connect. It would be helpful if participants could bring a cable with them, although a limited number of cables will be available on site.