Venue and Accommodation





The University of Manchester’s reputation for world-renowned scientific firsts began when Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The spirit of discovery and innovation was continued with the invention of the world’s first stored-program computer and such daring projects as the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, at the University of Manchester, is a popular venue for national and international conferences with its choice of well-equipped lecture theatres and sizeable exhibition space, conveniently located in city centre Manchester, 5 minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Station and in close proximity to city centre hotels, numerous restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and other local places of interest.

All daytime conference proceedings will take place in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, which is located in the John Garside Building (Building 16 on Campus map). Oral presentations will take place in the lecture theatre on the mezzanine level, outside which will be the registration desk, social space, and Poster sessions. Lunch and coffee breaks will also be held in this open area.

The wine reception will take place on the first evening of the conference (24th April) within the fossil gallery at the Manchester Museum (Building 44 on Campus map). This can be found on the Ground Floor next to the Museum Shop (enter via the Main Entrance on Coupland Street).

Should you require further directions or have any questions, please look out for the UKAS committee and volunteers, who can be identified by their black UKAS t-shirts and/or purple lanyards, and will be happy to help.

Accommodation Information

There are a range of hotels close by to the venue (131 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7DN), the closest is The Pendulum, which is holding up to 30 rooms for the conference for the nights of 23rd-26th April (with only a few rooms left for the night of the 26th April). These can be booked with reference to the code GA01784 to gain our university rates (must be quoted over the phone, not available on the website – contact their reservations team).

Other hotels close to the conference venue include a Hotel Ibis (Manchester Centre Princess Street) and Holiday Inn Express (Oxford Road), but we have also obtained university rates for the newly nuilt Crowne Plaza (Oxford Road), the closest hotel to the venues for the wine reception and the conference dinner.

The university rates are:

Standard double room – £114

with breakfast – £124 (additional £10 for double occupancy)

Standard twin room – £114

with breakfast – £124 (additional £10 for double occupancy)

Please make your booking here:

Terms and conditions:

  1. The University of Manchester is able to access competitive rates for Hotel, by placing your booking through this website you are able to access these rates.
    2.         The University of Manchester is acting as an intermediary between you and the Hotel, transmitting the details of your reservation to the relevant Hotel(s) and sending you a confirmation email for and on behalf of the Hotel.
    3.         Please note these are advance purchase rooms only and full pre-payment is taken at the time of booking. If cancelled, modified or in case of a no-show, a refund is not available.


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