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Location and Venue Summary

Edinburgh is a compact city of 500,000 inhabitants and with very easy international links. Our conference will take place at a superb venue within a city that we believe will support 2017 as being one of best attended and most valuable EPICOH conferences to date. We hope you'll find Edinburgh a truly inspiring and rewarding conference city. 


Edinburgh is one of the world's great historic cities, renowned as friendly, vibrant and multi-cultural. We hope it will prove the perfect location for a well-attended, inspiring conference with a balance of scientific value and an enjoyable cultural and educational experience. 

Conference Venue

The EICC (Edinburgh International Conference Centre) is an award-winning international venue and is widely accepted as one of the UK's foremost conference centres. It is located in the heart of Edinburgh with excellent links to all parts of the city and to the airport itself which is only 20 minutes by taxi or tram.

The venue can host up to 1,000 delegates and will comfortably accommodate our delegates and varied work-streams and programme of presentations, posters and additional meeting requirements. Many of the recommended hotels will be a short walking distance from the venue itself

Gala Dinner Venue

Our gala dinner "A Night at the Museum" will be held on Wednesday 30th August at the National Museum of Scotland. The Museum is Scotland's second most visited attraction (after Edinburgh Castle of course) and was recently renovated and reopened in 2012. It is a venue that promises not to disappoint.


Edinburgh is serviced by one of the most accessible travel networks in the UK. It has an international airport, superb train-links and one of Europe's most modern tram networks. Our conference is based in the city centre with all hotels, venues and tourist attractions within a 15 minute walk.

Things To Do

There is a rich choice of things to do while in Edinburgh. The climax of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe will be the weekend before our conference and clearly the city will still be "buzzing" with street entertainment, pavement cafes, bars, music clubs of all kinds looking to extend the festival atmosphere.  It is the largest celebration of arts and culture on the planet with over 50,000 performances from over 3,000 productions across 300 venues. Our conference will therefore take place at a time when Edinburgh is still at its very best.

If you can't arrive early, don't worry, our conference organising team has also created a series of events and trips over the 3 days of the conference to help you enjoy your stay in Edinburgh.

Where To Stay

We have organised a wide range of accommodation options for your stay. We recommend you book early to ensure you do have a room for your conference stay. Edinburgh is an extremely popular tourist destination and the end of August is one of the busiest times of the year. We have a range of Hotel, Apartment and Student accommodation available via our booking links, which include specially negotiated rates for our event.


For the last seven years, Edinburgh has retained its position as the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings.