Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, offers easy access (over 100 direct flights / 40 airlines; plus excellent rail and motorway links). It is safe and green and fun to visit, with two UNESCO World Heritage sites. A modern, dynamic city with a vibrant contemporary culture, it has more pubs and restaurants per capita than any other UK city. It has a mild and temperate climate all year round and, above all, it exudes Scottish hospitality. For information, click here

 The Conference Venue

Critical Link 8 will take place in the Edinburgh Conference Centre , on the Edinburgh campus of Heriot-Watt University. The Edinburgh campus is located in 380 acres of parkland on the edge of Edinburgh city centre, in Riccarton, and close to Edinburgh Airport. The conference will mainly take place in James Watt Centres 1 and 2. For more information, click here to download the EBrochure.

Location 1 a2345

How to Find Us

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Access to Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus

The campus is located close to Edinburgh Airport, is well-served by taxi firms and there are several bus services offering a frequent service between the campus and the city centre.
Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus is located around 20 minutes from the City Centre by taxi and around 30 minutes by bus depending on traffic and departure point. Five people can travel in an Edinburgh city cab and a single taxi fare will be around £12 - £18 (depending on location in the city centre and traffic) and a single bus fare costs £1.50.
For information about travelling to Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus, click here 

Interpreting Support

Most Critical Link 8 sessions will be presented in English. However, some sessions may be presented in BSL or International Sign and interpreters will provide interpretation into English. Interpretation into BSL and International Sign (as required) will normally be provided for plenary sessions and the conference will also provide interpretation (BSL or International Sign/English) for as many other sessions as possible. Please let the conference secretariat know if you are an International Sign or British Sign Language user. Requests for interpreting support (BSL/International Sign) should be confirmed before Early Bird Registration closes; it may not be possible to ensure that delegates' needs are met, if requests are received after this date. 

In addition, student/volunteer interpreters may be available to provide interpreting into a range of spoken languages for certain sessions (e.g. plenaries).
Please advise the conference secretariat of your first/preferred language, if you would like interpreting assistance.

Disabled Access

At Heriot-Watt University, we embrace a positive attitude towards the promotion of equality and diversity and take pride in our efforts to create a working, educational and social atmosphere which is inclusive of everyone. Heriot-Watt University campus, conference and accommodation facilities are very accessible by people with a disability. Please let the conference secretariat know if you have any special needs criticallink8@meetingmakers.co.uk

disabled go

Heriot-Watt University works with DisabledGo to have our Edinburgh Campus audited and advertised on the DisabledGo website. DisabledGo is an organisation that highlights facilities for disabled people by providing in depth information on buildings, facilities and access. The DisabledGo link enables disabled students, staff and visitors to find out about access at our University via our website. To find out more about disabled access, visit our pages on the DisabledGo  website for details of disabled access features at our Edinburgh Campus. The guides describe your journey into and throughout the campus buildings - accommodation, library, catering, teaching spaces etc. - and includes photographs of the features covered.