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Main Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Barbican Arts Centre, Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. The Barbican is conveniently accessible from all London airports by train or local public transportation. 


The main auditorium will be the Frobisher Conference Rooms 1 & 2 best approached from the Silk street entrance:

Barbican Arts Centre, Silk St,

High up under the glass roof of the Centre, the Conservatory Terrace overlooks the tropical treetops of the Conservatory. Poster and demo sessions, coffee breaks, reception and sponsor events will take place in this space.


Travel information to the Barbican Centre

Nearest London Underground stations are Barbican on the Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines, or Moorgate on the Northern line and National Rail Lines. Both stations are in Zone 1 of the London Underground and five minutes walk from the centre.

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Recommended travel destinations include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City airports. Travelling to the Barbican from: 

London Heathrow: The Heathrow Express runs to London Paddington station (Journey time 15-20 mins, runs every 15 mins. Costs £32 return plus £3

Alternative cheaper route: From Heathrow, take the London Underground Piccadilly Line Eastbound to Kings Cross St. Pancras. Change to the Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines to the Barbican. Allow up to 1   hour and 15 minutes total travel time.

London Gatwick: Cheap mainline train is available from/to London Bridge station (£9.90 - £11.90 single). The Gatwick Express runs to London Victoria station. (Journey time about 30 mins, runs about every 15 mins. Costs £15.95 single, £27.40 return) London underground from all these train stations is available to the Barbican. 

London Stansted: Stansted Express runs to London Liverpool Street station. (Journey time about 45 mins, runs about every 30 mins. Costs £20 single, £27.30 return.) A cheap way from Stansted airport is to take a National Express coach to Stratford which costs £8.00. The total travel time is about 1 hour (45 min coach + 15 min underground). London underground from all these train stations is available to the Barbican. 

London City Airport: The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) runs to Canning Town underground station. London City Airport is about 6-7 miles east of the centre, a Taxi (black cab) fare to the campus is about £20 - £30. Public transport is available using the DLR to Bank station, which is one stop away from Moorgate station on the Northern Line, walking distance to the Barbican.

For more information about getting to the Barbican please see:


Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner will take place on Tuesday evening (28 January) from approximately 18.00-22.00. Venue: Elizabethan River Boat. Meeting Point: Westminster Pier.

Please be at the Westminster Pier before 6PM. The Boat MUST leave on time due to restricted pier allocation slot. Those who are late will unfortunately miss the dinner.

Elizabethan River Boat

Travel Information:

Closest Underground: Westminster tube station

The pier is located left from Westminster Bridge (please do not cross the bridge to the south side). Meet and the Pier entrance on Victoria Embankment.



Technical Tour

A technical tour will take place at BBC broadcasting facilities in central London.

BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place
W1A 1AA 

Public Transport

Underground Oxford Circus (0.3min)  Bakerloo, Central, Victoria lines

Underground Great Portland Street (0.6 min) Circle, Hammersmith, Metropolitan lines.


Tutorial Day

A tutorial day will be held at Queen Mary University of London (Mile End campus) on effective research practices (e.g. the use of version control and unit testing in audio research) and Intelligent audio production.


Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS

Tutorials venue: Queen Mary University (Mile End campus) Engineering Building, MAT Lab (please look for the glass door entrance of the Engineering Building on Mile End road) [campus map]

Travel information to Queen Mary, Mile End Campus

Nearest stations on the London Underground are Mile End on Hammersmith and City, District   and Central lines; and Stepney Green on the Hammersmith and City and District lines.

View map of Mile End

Transport for London publish interactive maps showing Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and bus information.

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