IOP Conferences


John McIntyre Conference Centre
John McIntyre Conference Centre

The Conference will be held in the John McIntyre Conference Centre (JMCC) situated at the heart of the University of Edinburgh's newly landscaped and pedestrianised residential campus, Pollock Halls.

Postal Address:
The University of Edinburgh
Pollock Halls
18 Holyrood Park Road
EH16 5AY


The main campus of the University of Edinburgh is located in the centre of the city, just over half a mile south of Waverley Station and Princes St.

Campus map of Pollock Halls (PDF, 733 KB)

Travel Information

Edinburgh has excellent transport links with the UK and with Europe. For additional travel information, visit the Scottish Tourist Board web site.

By Train

Trains (GNER) from London Kings Cross leave every hour, with a journey time scheduled at slightly under 4.5 hours. GNER trains travel up the east coast line. The GNER web site is, or telephone 08457 225 225 for tickets or 08457 484 950 for enquiries.

Virgin trains provide direct cross country services to many other cities in England. The Virgin trains web site is, or telephone 08707 891 234 or 08457 222 333.

For details on timetables, see or telephone 08457 484 950.

Edinburgh’s principal railway terminus is Waverly Station, less than 15 minutes walk from the University. A cab (a taxi rank is located inside the station next to Platform 11) to the University will cost around £4. Trains from the West Coast or from Glasgow will also stop at Haymarket station, at the west end of Princes St.

By Coach/Bus

Coaches arrive in St Andrews Square located almost directly across Princes St from the Waverley Train Station. St Andrews Square is a 20 minute walk from the University.

There are frequent services from London Victoria Bus Station to Edinburgh. Further information can be obtained from or telephone 08705 808 080.

Local bus service from Princes Street; 30 or 33.

By Air

Edinburgh Airport (0870 040 0007) has direct flights to most UK airports and to most European capitals. It is located about a 20 minute drive west of the city centre. A cab from the airport to the University should cost £15-£20, depending on the time of day. Lothian Region Transport operates a frequent Airline bus from the airport to Haymarket and Waverley train stations (£5 return fare).

Discount carriers Easyjet operate services between London Luton and Stansted airports and Edinburgh, along with services to other regional airports around the UK. Flybe operate services between Birmingham airports and Edinburgh. Advance purchase fares can be as little as £35 return fare on these routes if booked well in advance. A similar fare is also available between Edinburgh and Dublin, and Belfast.

British Airways and British Midland fly between Edinburgh and London Heathrow (BA also has flights to London Gatwick). Advance purchase fares from these airlines are usually around £70 but are seldom available at peak flight times. British European flies between London City Airport and Edinburgh.


Parking at Pollock Halls is limited and is on a first come first served basis. Pollock Halls is located next to the Commonwealth Swimming Pool on 18 Holyrood Park Rd.

Parking around the George Square area is limited, with a limited number of pay & display parking spaces. There is an NCP car park, located just off St Leonard's Street, which is approximately 10 minutes walk from George Square.

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