2015 General Info General Info

Congress Location
The Congress will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) located at Exhibition Way, Glaswgow, G3 8YW.  The Conference Centre is an iconic landmark venue and business tourism destination, located in Scotland's largest and most exciting city.
 
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is just a 15 minute drive from Glasgow's international airport.  From within Glasgow, there are a number of options that will bring you to the Conference Centre in a matter of minutes.
 

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Visitor's Information
Visit Scotland's Information Centre in Glasgow is located at 170 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2LW.  For more information, click here to visit their website.
 
Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency of Scotland is the Great British Pound (GBP, Sterling).  Foreign currency and travelers checks can be exchanged at banks, post offices, travel agencies, bureau de change kiosks, and some hotels throughout the city.  Credit cards are accepted in Glasgow and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the city.

ATM bank machine service is available on the main concourse of the Conference Centre. 

There are also International Currency Converters:
 
www.GoCurrency.com
 
www.Oanda.com
 
Climate
Glasgow is one of Scotland's milder areas with temperatures usually higher than most places of equal latitude away from the UK, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream.  Summers are warm and have the added benefit of 16 hours of daylight and many of the tourist attractions have extended hours during this period.
 
Dialing Codes

The UK country code is 44, while Glasgow landlines start with a 141 area code, followed by a 7 digit number.  To call abroad, dial 00 before the area code.
 
Eating Out
Glasgow has an amazing and eclectic restaurant and cafe scene.  During the summer months, you may enjoy alfresco dining in the city centre's Royal Exchange Square, Buchanan Square, West End, or Merchant City.  Dining options range from traditional Scottish fare to Indian, sushi, whisky to cocktails.  For a list of great places to dine and to make reservations, visit the Glasgow Restaurant Association's website.
 
Electricity

The standard voltage in Scotland is 240V AC, 50Hz.  North American appliances need a transformer and an adapter; Australasian appliances need only an adapter.  Plugs have 3 square pins.

Emergency Services
In case of an emergency, police, ambulance and fire brigade can be contacted by dialing 999.
 
Language
The official language of the Congress is English. Translation service will not be provided.
 
Name Badge
The CYTO badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.
 
Smoking Policy
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.
 
VAT Tax
All purchases in Britain, with the exception of food and books, are subject to VAT, which increases the cost of an item by 20%.

Visitors from non-European countries can claim a refund of VAT from selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the Retail Export Scheme.
 
Time Zone
Glasgow's time zone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or one hour ahead of GMT, known as British Summer Time (BST) during daylight savings time in the summer months.

Tipping
There are no strict rules for tipping in Scotland.  If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly in a restaurant with table service.  Tipping in bars is not expected and for taxi fares it is normal to round up to the nearest pound.
 
Transportation
 
By Air
Glasgow is served by three international airports with direct flights from 130 destinations.

Glasgow International Aiport
Glasgow International Aiport is Scotland's most popular airport, with 30 airlines serving 90 desitinations worldwide.  It is located just eight miles from the heart of the city and serves as the gateway to the West of Scotland.  Glasgow Airport links with major scheduled carriers, such as Lufthansa and United Airlines, with daily service from New York to Glasgow.  Click here for more information.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is south west of the city and is a 45 minute direct train link from Glasgow City Centre. Click here for more information.

Edinburgh International Airport
Direct coach from the main terminal to Glasgow City Centre is available every 30 minutes, from 0500 until 2330 daily.  The travel time is 55 minutes at a cost of 16.00 pounds/18.00 pounds return.  Click here for more information.

By Rail
Glasgow is well connected by train from across the UK.  Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to all UK cities.  Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Central and Northern Scotland.

Average travel time by train from across the UK
Station Average Journey Time
London 4 hours 10 minutes
Birmingham 4 hours
Manchester 3 hours 30 minutes
Liverpool 3 hours 40 minutes
York 3 hours 30 minutes
Edinburgh 50 minutes

Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains offers online booking, route maps, travel information and useful details on chosen destinations.

National Rail Enquiries
National Rail Enquiries provides a searchable timetable and useful journey planners, as well as details on facilities at major UK stations and points of interest in the local area.

ScotRail
Scotland's Rail Operator gives you details on the West Highland Line, the North Highland Line and Caldeonian Sleepers.  You will also find timetables, special ticket offers, and other useful links.

By Road
Glasgow is easily accessible via Scotland's extensive road network.  The city's venues and hotels are comfortably accessed by road and the SECC is located just off the M8 motorway.

AA
The AA provides information about driving in the UK, including maps, route planners, and travel insurance.

Traffic Scotland
Traffic Scotland provides up to date traffic and road work information.

By Sea
Traveling to Glasgow by sea is made simple by the ferry connections.  Traveling by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne to Cairnryan or Troon in the southwest of Scotland is a popular option for visitors from Ireland.  The ferries on these routes are modern and well-equipped and sail serveral times daily.  Crossing times are between 1 and 2 hours.

The port of Troon in Ayrshire is approximately 35 minutes from Glasgow while Loch Ryna Port, Cairnryan in Dumfries & Galloway is around 80 miles away.  Both enjoy good road, rail, and bus links with Glasgow.

Getting Around in Glasgow
Compact and built on a grid system, Glasgow is easy to navigate on foot or by public transport.

Subway
Scotland's only Subway system's circular route is a fast and efficient way to travel, pariculalrly in the city centre, west end, and south side areas.

  • Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 0630 - 2330; Sunday 1000 - 1800.
  • Runs every 6-8 minutes
  • 1.60 pounds single; 3.00 pounds return
  • Day ticket 4.00 pounds
  • For information on a Subway Smartcard, click here.
  • Glasgow Subway Map
Trains
Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the South.  Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Edinburgh, the North of the city, and Northern Scotland.

ScotRail offers a Roundabout Ticket for one-day unlimited travel by rail and subway to over 100 stations in the Greater Glasgow area.  The cost is 6.30 pounds for adults and 3.15 pounds for children.

Buses
First Bus Glasgow is the largest bus operating company in Scotland, with over 1,000 buses in operation.

Taxis
Glasgow Taxis operate 5-seater "black cabs" in and around the city.  If their yellow light is on, they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book.

Cycle Hire
The nextbike cycle hire scheme is available in Glasgow, with 170 bicycles for hire in 31 locations around the city that provide a quick and easy way to get around.  Click here for more information.

City Sightseeing Bus
Hop on/hop off buses include 28 stops along the route and are a great way to see the city of Glasgow.  The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow Science Centre, Botanic Gardens, Merchant Square, and many more points of interest are among the stops.

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Beyond the City
Glasgow is ideally located for exploring Scotland.

David James Chauffer Drive
Enjoy a tailored sightseeing tour of Scotland's beautiful countryside and vibrant cities with an experienced chauffer acting as your guide.

Discover Scotland Tours
Discover Scotland Tours provide a superb selection of one day coach tours to some of the most dramatic and scenic places in Scotland, including visits to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, and the Highlands.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant city.  It is also the nearest location to Glasgow where castles can be found. Click here to explore more about the castles in Edinburgh.

Golf
Scotland is the home of golf and has more than 600 golf courses, including renowned championship courses such as Loch Lomond, Turnberry, and GleneaglesClick here to learn more information about golf in Scotland.

Rabbie's Trail Burners
Experience Scotland's stunning scenerey and visit waterfalls, castles, and whisky distilleries, all the way to the Highlands and Islands.

Seaplane
Loch Lomond Seaplanes operate a seaplane service from a new purpose-built terminal at the Glasgow Science Centre on the River Clyde to Oban Bay - a journey time of approximately 24 minutes, flying over areas of outstanding natural beaty.

Timberbush Tours
Travel Scotland in an exciting range of one, two, and three day luxury tours departing daily from Glasgow City Centre all year round.

Waverly
This is the only sea-going paddle steamer in the world, built in Glasgow by A&J Inglis in 1947 for the LNER.  It has enchanted millions of passengers who have boarded for a cruise from the heart of Glasgow.
    
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