Symposium for Gordon Plotkin

September 7-8, 2006
LFCS, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

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To register, email with the following information: name; institution; e-mail address; number of banquet tickets required; any special requests (e.g. dietry preferences).

Fees. Registration: £40. Banquet: additional £40 per person.

Registration and banquet fees are payable on arrival at the symposium, either in cash (sterling) or by cheque from a UK bank. (N.B. There will be no facility for payment by credit/debit card.)


Edinburgh can be very busy in September. It is reccommended that you reserve accommodation as early as possible.

University accommodation

A limited number of rooms in 4* University accommodation in Salisbury Green Hotel are available at the following rates:

single en-suite   £58.65 per night
double en-suite   £79.90 per night
double-plus en-suite   £88.40 per night
superior double en-suite.   £96.90 per night
2-3* University accommodation in Pollock Halls is available for the nights of 6th and 7th September only at the following rates:
2* single shared bathroom   £27.20 per night
2* single en-suite   £39.10 per night
2* double en-suite   £67.15 per night
3* twin en-suite.   £80.75 per night
All University accommodation should be booked directly by telephone through Edinburgh First (tel. +44 131 651 2007). Quote "Symposium for Gordon Plotkin" to receive the above rates.

Hotel/guest-house accommodation

Borough Hotel (72-80 Causewayside, 4*). Tel: +44 131 668 2255. Rooms are £75 per night. Early booking recommended as there is only limited availability. Reservations should be made directly with the hotels by telephone, quoting "Symposium for Gordon Plotkin".

Other hotel and guest-house accommdation may be arranged privately through In particular, Edinburgh has a wide selection of guest-house accommodation, with prices typically around £50 per night. We recommend the Newington area of the city, which is convenient for both the University and the city centre, and has a large number of guest-houses.


By air

Edinburgh is served primarily by Edinburgh Airport. Two possible alternatives are Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Airport.

Edinburgh Airport is situated 13km to the west of the city. Travel from the airport into Edinburgh by taxi costs approximately £15 - £20, approximate journey time 30 mins (unless in rush-hour). For a less expensive, and very efficient, option we would suggest using the frequent Airlink bus from the Airport to the city center, operated by Lothian Region Transport, £3.30 single or £5 return, journey time 30 mins. Airlink buses run during the following times: From the Airlink bus stop in the city center, you can walk or take a taxi to your accommodation.

Glasgow airport is about one hour's drive from Edinburgh, with frequent rail and bus transfers.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport, served by Ryanair, is much closer to Prestwick than to Glasgow. Travel to Edinburgh by rail or bus takes around 2 hours.

By rail

GNER operate train services to Edinburgh from the south and east (the journey time from London to Edinburgh is 4-5 hours).

Virgin Trains operate train services from the south and west.

First ScotRail operate services from cities in Scotland and Northern England, and also run a sleeper service from London Euston.

By coach

National Express operate regular day and overnight coaches between Edinburgh St. Andrew Square bus station and London Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes 8 hours and 30 minutes.

Support for PhD students

A number of grants are available cover the costs of UK-based PhD students wishing to attend the symposium. To apply, e-mail with the following information: name; institution; e-mail address; name of PhD supervisor; whether or not you are funded by an EPSRC studentship.
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