Conference venue and Accommodation

During the Second World War, The University of Edinburgh resolved to make George Square the centre of its post-war development. In 1949, Sir Edward Appleton (Nobel Prize winner for Physics and the Principal from 1948 to 1965) embraced the spirit of the age and to achieve an architectural outcome of high quality, he brought in some of Scotland’s leading architects. In 1954, Sir Basil Spence was appointed planning consultant. Spence’s imaginative drawings determined the template of the new George Square, proposing a series of towers to the east, of which but two were realised.

Conference Venue

Appleton Tower,
11 Crichton Street,
A map showing the location of Appleton Tower can be found at
Aware of the contemporary fear of an emerging schism between the arts and sciences, Sir Edward Appleton (Nobel Prize winner for Physics and the Principal from 1948 to 1965) decreed that science undergraduates should spend their first year in the city-centre campus, and be encouraged to take courses in the humanities, as well as participate in student societies and extra-mural activities, so that undergraduates, and indeed staff, from different faculties would mingle. Appropriately, following Appleton’s death in 1965, his “Fundamental Science Building”, designed by Alan Reiach, was named after the "Appleton Tower".
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Conference Accommodation

Recommended accomodation is the Pollock Halls of Residence, near the foot of Arthur's Seat and short distance (15 minutes walk) from the conference venue. At Pollock Halls of Residence, you can choose from two types of accommodation at different rates:

Subject to availability, the promo code to obtain a 15% discount is EVENT.


11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ
Distance from Appleton Tower - 4 minute walk 
5-9 Richmond Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9ST
Distance from Appleton Tower - 5 minute walk
7-11 Hope Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4EL 
Distance from Appleton Tower - 5 minute walk

Residence Inn by Marriot

Quartermile, 36 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh, EH3 9GG 
Distance from Appleton Tower - 5 minutes walk 

Ibis Hotel South Bridge 

77 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1HN
Distance from Appleton Tower - 7 minute walk 

Travelodge Edinburgh Cameron Toll 

43 Craigmillar Park, Cameron Toll, Edinburgh, EH16 5PD 
Distance from Appleton Tower - 32 mintue walk