Conference location

The conference will be based at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, part of MMU’s All Saints campus on the south side of central Manchester.


Manchester Metropolitan University

All Saints, All Saints Campus

Manchester M15 6BH

MMU Business School is a 5-minute walk from Manchester Oxford Road railway station, and a 15-minute walk or short taxi ride from Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

To Manchester by rail

Manchester has excellent rail connections to other parts of the UK, mostly arriving at Manchester Piccadilly station. There are regular direct services from London Euston (around 2 hours 5 minutes), Glasgow Central (3 hours 15), Birmingham New Street (1 hour 30) and many other cities.

Tickets to “Manchester stations” or “Manchester CTLZ (Central Zone)” allow a transfer from Piccadilly to Oxford Road, near the conference venue, at no extra charge.

International participants seeking guidance on UK rail ticketing may find the Lonely Planet overview and the more detailed Seat 61 guide useful.

To Manchester by car

Participants staying in Manchester Met residence rooms should note that there are no car parking facilities provided on site. Parkopedia offers a useful guide to facilities in the city centre, but it’s often easier to use public transport. Participants staying in local hotels will usually find parking facilities available, but please check before travelling.

To Manchester by air

Manchester Airport is a major international hub. Direct services fly from airports throughout Europe and a variety of global locations including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Islamabad, Mumbai, Singapore, Toronto, and US airports including Atlanta, Chicago, JFK, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

The airport is located 9 miles/14km southwest of central Manchester. The quickest and easiest way to reach the city centre is by rail: frequent direct services run from the airport station to Piccadilly and Oxford Road.

Getting around Manchester

The city has an extensive bus network, with very frequent services to the most popular locations. There are two free bus routes around the city centre, running every 10 minutes.

Taxis (black cabs) can be hailed on the street or from taxi ranks. Private hires (minicabs, silver or white) need to be pre-booked and are available from many providers who advertise locally.

Apart from the mainline rail network, Manchester also has Metrolink, a “tram-train” light-rail system which connects the city centre and rail hubs with outlying suburbs, the Salford Quays complex, and MediaCityUK.

Local Attractions and Events

Manchester’s wealth of cultural attractions includes two major science museums. The Science and Industry Museum is built around the site of the world’s oldest passenger railway station and covers contemporary science, industrial history, technology and transport, while the Manchester Museum on the University of Manchester campus has fossils, plant and animal collections, and a vivarium. There are also displays on the role of science and technology in warfare at the Imperial War Museum North.

There will also be a wide range of events and exhibitions around the time of the conference thanks to the Manchester International Festival, a major arts biennial known for its high-profile contributors. Relevant productions include To The Moon, a virtual reality experience co-developed by Laurie Anderson, and A Drunk Pandemic, inspired by the cholera outbreaks of the nineteenth century. At the same time, venues around the city will be marking the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre with a range of displays on popular protest and community history and identity.