The physical conference will take place at the University of Strathclyde in room MC301, on the 3rd floor of the McCance Building. There will be signs directing you from the entrance of the building, which is on the north side of the building, on Richmond Street. The University of Strathclyde is in central Glasgow, near Glasgow Queen Street train station, Glasgow Central train station, and Buchanan Bus Station. Below are travel instructions from the train stations, the bus station, and from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.
The following map shows several key locations (click on the link below the map for a larger picture):
Eduroam Internet access is available at the conference venue; if not already configured, you can download a configuration tool for your device here. If you do not have access to Eduroam, you can use the 'WifiGuest' network, which is The Cloud network in disguise.
Here are some suggestions for where to have lunch or dinner in Merchant City or Glasgow City Centre, reasonably close to the conference venue:
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of recommendations!
A convenient place to stay is the Glasgow City Centre Premier Inn (at the time of writing sold out Sunday night before the conference, but still available throughout the week), literally across the road from the conference venue. (There are several Premier Inn locations in central Glasgow; the closest one is "George Square", but several others are also within walking distance.) Other decent hotels nearby include the Z Hotel in North Frederick Street and the Brunswick Hotel in Brunswick Street, and Moxy Hotel right next to the University of Strathclyde campus. If you want something fancier, there is the five-star Blythswood Square Hotel still within walking distance. At the other end of the scale, the cheapest nearby option is Eurohostel. It is also worth considering using Airbnb.
Trains. See National Rail for trains within the UK. Note that advance tickets are often considerably cheaper, and if travelling together with someone, it might be cheaper to get a Two Together railcard (or a 16–25 railcard if you are a (PhD) student). Both Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street Station are within walking distance of the University of Strathclyde (see map above). Trains from London take 4.5 hours. Another option is to travel overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper from London, which arrives in Glasgow just after 7am (so plenty of time to get a nice breakfast before the conference starts!). If you are arriving from the continent, you can take the Eurostar to London, and then take another train to Glasgow (see The Man in Seat 61 for more information).
Planes. The closest airports are Glasgow International Airport (30 minutes bus connection (bus 500) to George Square), Edinburgh Airport (1 hour bus connection (Citylink Air) to Buchanan Bus Station) and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (40-50 minutes train connection to Glasgow Central).
Car parking. Parking in Glasgow city centre — where the University of Strathclyde is located — is expensive and/or hard to find. It might be possible for us to get a few (free) visitor permits, but there are no guarantees. Please contact one of the organisers if you want to try to get one. Otherwise the cheapest and possibly easiest option is to park and ride.
Getting around Glasgow. The city centre is quite compact, so walking is not a bad idea. Otherwise your options are suburban trains, the subway, bikes for hire, buses or taxis. You will need a separate ticket for each mode of transport.