About Manchester




About Manchester 

Conference Location - The Principal Hotel, A refuge in the capital of cool

With its clock tower and striking Victorian architecture, The Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark in the city's skyline. A magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890. 

The Principal Manchester is in a great location and is close to many of the city’s attractions.

Getting to the Venue


The nearest railway station—Manchester Oxford Road—is directly opposite the hotel. 

Manchester Piccadilly is the main station for the city and is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, or 5 minutes by taxi.


If you are driving to the hotel the post code M60 7HA into your Satnav or smart phone.

Parking is available at a reduced rate of £18 for 24 hours/overnight at the NCP Manchester Palace Car Park on Whitworth Street—payable at the hotel, a short walk away. Please take your ticket to reception for validation. 


Manchester International Airport is about 8 miles, or a 20-minute drive, from The Principal Manchester on Oxford Street. Typically a taxi fare should cost around £20-30.

Trains leave regularly from the airport to Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly stations—both a short walk from the hotel. If you’d like a private/chauffeur-driven transfer, please contact the hotel concierge on 0161 233 5090.

The City

Manchester has grown from the first industrial city, the home of splitting of the atom and the first programmable computer, to be the central hub of the “Powerhouse of the North” of England – an influential, modern, knowledge-based city amongst the top European locations for science, healthcare, education, business and leisure.

The city of Manchester is situated centrally in mainland Britain, about two hours north of Birmingham and four hours outside of London. 

Victorian architecture dominates the city, although the city's medieval roots can be seen around the Shambles as well as the 500-year-old Chetham's School and Library buildings. Today, a new reputation is being built by bold and innovative local architects progressing one of the most ambitious regeneration programmes in Britain.

It is a city that has roots in ancient history but is now a bustling and unique metropolis.


From artistic masterpieces to the history of football, Manchester has an impressive range of museums and galleries, most of which are free. The Museum of Science and Industry brings innovation to life in the world’s oldest railway station, while the Imperial War Museum North demonstrates how war shapes people’s lives. Manchester is also home to the National Football Museum and the People’s History Museum all of which are free to enter.

The Whitworth, the gallery in the park, has recently been announced as the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2015 and is home to an internationally important collection. Inspiring classic and contemporary art is also on show at the Manchester Art Gallery and you can find a plethora of smaller galleries all over the city. If you're interested in theatre you’ll find everything from opera to comedy to experimental at the Royal Exchange Theatre, HOME, Contact Theatre and The Lowry.

Chetham's Library, founded in 1653, is where Marx met Engels, has the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and is just a short walk from the main conference venue. Similarly, the extraordinary and priceless John Rylands Library is close by on Deansgate, and hosts one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world.

Opportunities to experience live music in Manchester are as varied as they are exciting. The spectacular Bridgewater Hall is home to the Hallé Orchestra and welcomes musical talent from all over the world. Chamber music, folk, jazz, roots and drum & bass all have their place and major international acts perform regularly in the 20,000 seat Manchester Arena.

A list of tours can be found on the Visit Manchester website here:

Additional info can also be found here:,

Food & Drink

In a city, as culturally diverse as Manchester, it’s no surprise that the city has a great reputation for food and drink. You’ll find cuisine from practically every nation and to suit any budget, from high-class dining to top-notch takeaways. It has the UK’s second biggest Chinatown, where you’ll find great Asian restaurants, and the neon lit ‘Curry Mile’ begins just a short walk from the city centre.

Restaurants, bars and clubs can be found in most parts of the city centre, from the bustling Deansgate Locks and The Printworks to the upmarket Spinningfields and the bohemian Northern Quarter.


From stylish shopping malls and specialist market stalls to quirky boutiques and vintage treasure troves, the city offers a unique and diverse shopping experience. All the UK's best known department stores, including Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are all within walking distance of the conference venue.


There is no doubting Manchester’s global reputation when it comes to sport. The city is home to world famous football teams and exceptional sporting facilities, so whether delegates want to watch or take part in sport, a fantastic visitor experience is guaranteed. Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club, the National Cycling Centre, home of British cycling, the Regional Tennis Centre and National Centre for Squash, all host international level sport for those who want to experience the electrifying atmosphere as a spectator.


Manchester has a generally mild climate with no major extremes. The warmest months are July and August with an average temperature of 20℃.  Average temperatures in September are expected to be between 10℃ - 17℃, with it feeling a little cooler in the evenings.


English is the official language of the conference.


The currency in the United Kingdom is the pound sterling. 

Traveling to and Through Manchester

Manchester is a global gateway to north-west England with an airport that has one of the most comprehensive international route networks in the UK. Manchester's central location means the city can provide fast and efficient transport to and from all major UK cities via the extensive motorway and rail network.

Air – Manchester Airport

With over 225 non-stop flight routes, Manchester Airport offers flights to more destinations than any other UK airport. Direct flights arrive from nearly every major European city including Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, as well as the Middle East, Far East and North America. Manchester Airport is ranked in the top 25 airports in the world and continues to expand its route network.

The airport is situated just 10 miles (16 km) from Manchester city centre and is connected by direct trains which run every 10 minutes to Piccadilly train station.

•           Airport to city centre by train: 10 miles / 15 minutes / c. £3.50

•           Airport to city centre by taxi:   10 miles / 20-25 minutes / c. £20.00

Rail – Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester has excellent connections to the UK’s rail network. There are 60 direct trains a day to London (every 20 minutes), with a journey time of just over two hours. Bookings open 12 weeks before travel with best value fares for individuals if you can book in advance and fix your date and time of travel.

The UK is very well connected to Europe which will be a benefit to delegates and exhibiting partners. The Eurostar link serves London’s St Pancras International station with trains arriving many times each day from France and Belgium.

For those looking to travel primarily by rail, delegates from outside of the UK can benefit from the BritRail GB pass. The BritRail GB pass allows for unlimited travel on any of the UK's networks.

Metro Shuttle – Free Bus Network

Delegates will benefit from a free city centre bus service known as Metroshuttle, which offers three circular routes covering all the main areas of the city centre, linking all city centre railway stations, the main NCP car parks, and many bus and Metrolink tram stops. For more information click here.


Manchester has an extensive tram network with services running every few minutes and connecting all major railway stations and tourist attractions. Metrolink is the largest urban tram network in the UK and trams now run to 92 stops covering almost 90km of track. For more information visit the Metrolink website here.


Greater Manchester has an extensive bus network operated by various commercial operators. It offers high levels of connectivity and value for money for passengers with services operating well into the night to most areas within the region. For more detailed information on bus routes click here.

Find out more at information on Manchester here:

Countdown To Conference
25 Days 16 Hours 33 Minutes 39 Seconds
Important Dates

Registration Opens - 17th January 2018

Abstract Submission Opens - 17th January 2018

Abstract Submission Closes - 11th April 2018

Notification of Abstract Acceptance - 18th May 2018

Early Bird Registration Closes - 20th June 2018

Online Registration Closes - 5 September 2018

Conference – 11th – 14th September 2018

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