Edinburgh, 12th and 13th April 2016

Local arrangements: Venue, Travel, Visas, Accommodation.


The meeting will take place in the Informatics Forum, a purpose-built building in the centre of Edinburgh which is home to the LFCS and the School of Informatics.

Talks take place in Room G.07, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

Robin and Rod at the blackboard

Flight information

Edinburgh airport (EDI) is the most convenient way to come to Edinburgh. A taxi to the city centre takes about 20 minutes and costs about £20–£25. Airlink runs a shuttle to Waverley Bridge that takes 25 minutes and costs £4.50 one-way or £7.50 return. Airport buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day, and pick up/drop off outside Haymarket station, in Shandwick Place (west end), Princes St, and on the bridge to the West of Waverley station (Waverley steps). Additonally, a tram service runs from the airport to York Place (near Waverley Steps) that takes 40 minutes and costs £5 one-way or £8 return. Airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, easyJet, RyanAir, and Flybe, amongst others, fly to Edinburgh from many domestic and international destinations.

Train information

Edinburgh Waverley Station is the most convenient train station for the city centre, and is the terminus for many trains in either direction. Trains to/from the North or Glasgow also stop at Haymarket in the West of the city. Fast trains to/from Glasgow run every 15 minutes from both main stations. The national rail website gives train times and prices, or you can ask at the station. Buy tickets before you travel. For long journeys, booking in advance and fixing train times can be significantly cheaper. It is sometimes also cheaper to buy two single tickets than one return ticket.

Local Transport

Local buses are mainly run by Lothian Buses (red and white buses), who have an interactive route map. Buses run frequently throughout the day, with restricted routes for night buses between midnight and 4am. Local buses are fixed fare and no change is given. Pay when you board the bus. A single ticket (any journey length) is £1.50. A one-day ticket can be bought on the bus and offers unlimited travel for £4.00 (not valid on the Airlink buses). A one-week tickets and mobile ticketing apps are also available.

Most city centre destinations are within 15-30 mins walk. Taxis are metered, but expensive. Look for black cabs, with amber lights indicating they are available. They will pick up anywhere in the street, except near a taxi rank, where there is a queuing system.

Robin and Rod at the blackboard

Visa applications.

If you need a letter of invitation to assist you in obtaining a visa to the UK, please send an email to Stephen Gilmore with the subject "Visa Invitation Letter" and the following information:

  1. • Your name as it appears on your passport
  2. • Current postal mailing address
  3. • Your Registration Confirmation Information
  4. • If you have any papers accepted for presentation, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the 'sole author' or a 'co-author'.

Further Information

For further information you can check the UK's Home Office website here.

Hotel accommodation

When arranging accommodation, note that in British English a "single", "double", "queen", or "king" room has one individual bed. A "twin" room has two individual beds. A "triple" room has three individual beds. Dates are usually written with the day first, so 05/07/16 is the 5th of July, 2016. Check whether or not prices are inclusive of VAT (sales tax), and whether they are per-room, or per-person.

University accommodation

University accomodation can be booked via Edinburgh first. Several places are available:

Kenneth MacKenzie and Richmond Place Apartments
about 5 minutes walk from the venue, single rooms from £92.
Salisbury Green Hotel and Masson House
about 15 minutes walk from the venue, single rooms from £86.
Pollock Halls
about 15 minutes walk from the venue, single rooms from £45.

Other options

Residence Inn by Marriot, Quartermile
about 5 minutes walk from the venue, rooms from £189 per night.
Ten Hill Place
about 5 minutes walk from the venue, single rooms from £75 per night.
Bruntsfield Best Western
about 20 minutes walk from the venue, single rooms from £75 per night.


Sponsored by SICSA

LFCS30 and WadlerFest 2016 gratefully acknowledge sponsorship from the Modelling and Abstraction theme of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA).

Organised by LFCS

The local organising committee of LFCS30 consists of Don Sannella, Stephen Gilmore, Sam Lindley and Magdalena Mazurczak.

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