Scientiae 2016 FAQ

Conference Matters

When will a draft programme appear?

In order for us to publish a draft programme, we need to have a rough idea how many of the accepted speakers will come. We aim to provide a draft programme in April, but please bear in mind that since this will be issued during registration time, it will not be entirely accurate. The final programme will be issued prior to the start of the conference.

When does the conference commence on the 5th of July?

The conference will commence early in the morning, with the registration starting at c. 8.00/­8.30 am. This will be confirmed in due course.

When will the conference dinner take place?

The conference dinner will take place in the evening of 6th of July.

Is there a vegetarian option at the conference dinner?

Yes.

What does the ‘food only’ option actually mean?

It means any drinks you may wish to consume will paid on the premises.

College Accommodation

When is the check­in / check­out?

You can check in after 1.00 pm on the day of arrival and you must check out before 10.00 am on the day of the departure.

Can I bring my family to St Anne’s?

Unfortunately, all the rooms are single occupancy only. If you intend to bring your family, you should look for alternative accommodation at other colleges or hotels.

Travel Guidance

How do I get to Oxford from Heathrow?

The best solution is to take the Airline Oxford Bus. You can either purchase the tickets online or, more safely, you can just buy directly from the driver.

How do I get to Oxford from Eurostar’s King’s Cross St Pancras?

By bus. Take the tube to Baker Street (Hammersmith & City line or Metropolitan line), walk 5 minutes to the bus station X90, which takes you to Oxford (Stop P on this map). The X90 runs every 15 minutes or so to central Oxford and you can buy roundtrip tickets from the driver. The cost is £20 roundtrip for period return (£15 for students, under 26’s and over 60’s).

By train. The other option is to take the tube line to Paddington (Hammersmith & City line) and take the train from there to Oxford. You can use TrainLine to book train tickets. Off-­Peak Return costs £27.50 and should be booked in advance.

How do I get to Oxford from Gatwick?

By Train. The cheapest (and often fastest ) way is via Reading. The journey takes about one hour and 45 minutes. Participants should buy a return ticket not via London.

If you wish to travel via London, you can take the train to London Victoria, then the tube to Paddington (Circle line) and then the train to Great Malvern. There are trains that have Oxford as their final destination, but these are slow trains and should be avoided. Alternatively, from London Victoria, you can also take the Airline Oxford Bus (see below).

By Bus. You can take the direct Airline Oxford Bus from Gatwick (£37 per period return). Alternatively, you can take the EasyBus to London Victoria, and from there either the X90 Oxford Bus or Oxford Tube, both £20 for period return (£15 for students, under 26’s and over 60’s). Get off at the last stop, Gloucester Green Bus Station.

How do I get to Oxford from Stansted?

By Bus. There is a direct connection via the National Express JL737 bus, which is direct to Oxford and takes about 3.15 ­- 3.30 hours. Otherwise, you can take the EasyBus to London Victoria, and from there either the X90 Oxford Bus or Oxford Tube, both £20 for period return (£15 for students, under 26’s and over 60’s). Get off at the last stop, Gloucester Green Bus Station.

By Train. You can get a train to King’s Cross, take the tube from this station to Paddington (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan or Circle lines), and then the train to Oxford.

How do I get to Oxford from Luton?

By bus. Take the EasyBus to London Victoria, and from there either the X90 Oxford Bus or Oxford Tube, both £20 for period return (£15 for students, under 26’s and over 60’s). Get off at the last stop, Gloucester Green Bus Station.

How do I get to St Anne’s from Gloucester Green Bus Station?

The best and fastest is probably to book a taxi, which is going to be around £5 to St Anne’s College. There is a taxi rank 2 minutes from Gloucester Green Bus Station. Alternatively, you can walk to the college, but it takes around 20 minutes.

How do I travel within London?

The best way to travel within central London is by Tube. You can find a downloadable tube map here. For short distances you can also use the double­decker bus. The standard tickets for Tube rides are expensive; if it’s feasible for you, we suggest either using a contactless card which should be touched in and out or an Oyster card, which can be purchased for £5 at the automatic ticket dispensers or at a till (the Oyster can be returned at the end of your stay and the money recuperated). The contactless/Oyster makes the tube rides remarkably cheaper.

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