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Registrations, lectures and poster sessions will take place at the University of Chester:
University of Chester
Chester CH1 4BJ
Tel: +44 (0)1244 513112
Fax: +44 (0)1244 511312
The historic City of Chester with its 2000 years of architectural heritage and City Walls is a short walk from the conference centre.
Its Roman remains, the city walls, the River Dee and historic galleries of exclusive shops are well known tourist attractions. The City also offers a wide range of activities and venues for out-of-conference hours and evening entertainment.
Chester is an ideal base for exploring the Cheshire countryside, whilst the excellent rail and motorway networks can lead you to the natural beauty of North Wales or the bustling commerce of Manchester and Liverpool.
Downloadable pdf with details of how to Travel to the University of Chester
Map of the University of Chester campus
Travelling to the University of Chester
The nearest airports to Chester are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon airports, which are both 40 minutes by road from Chester.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the fastest growing regional airport for scheduled traffic, serving over 60 European destinations with all the major operators. LJLA is fully integrated into the Northwests public transport system and located just 10 minutes from the major motorway network.
Manchester International Airport serves many destinations in the US, Europe and Asia. Trains run from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly railway station (approximate journey time is 20 minutes and costs approximately 6 return). Trains to Chester operate regularly from Manchester Piccadilly.
Virgin Trains run frequent, high speed direct services between London Euston and Chester in approximately two hours.
There are also many services to Crewe, from both London and the North West, for onward connections to Chester.
High speed rail services are available to Crewe, Chester and Warrington from London Euston and London Paddington (2.5 hours), and from Glasgow on the West Coast main line. Rail services also run from Manchester International Airport.
Further information regarding train times and tickets can be found via National Rail Enquiries (telephone: +44 (0) 8457 48 49 50) or TheTrainLine
Main motorway links to Chester and Cheshire are through the M6, M56 and M53.
Further information and route advice can be found at AA route planner or RAC.
A taxi can be picked up from outside both Liverpool and Manchester airports. The journey to Chester takes about 30 minutes and normally costs just over £40. A taxi can also be caught from outside the rail station in Chester, it costs approximately £6 to travel to the University.
Registration fees and forms
Earlybird Registration Deadline: 15 June 2009
A late fee of £50 has now been added to the registration fees.
Residential Registration Fees (with accommodation):
Full Member/Young Researcher Registration: £300
Non Member Registration: £400 (note: Non Members paying this registration fee will receive a complimentary one year membership subscription)
Student Registration: £220
Registration includes 2 nights accommodation (single en suite room), lunch, refreshments and evening meals throughout the conference (including the conference dinner).
Registration Fees (no accommdation):
Full Member/Young Researcher Registration: £200
Non Member Registration: £300 (note: Non Members paying this registration fee will receive a complimentary one year membership subscription)
Student Registration: £160
Registration includes lunch, refreshments and evening meals throughout the conference (including the conference dinner).
Payment of fees
All payments must be made prior to the meeting. Please note that invoices for registration fees will not be issued.
Credit card/Debit card
(Preferred method of payment, and the only acceptable form of payment for online registration)
The following credit/debit cards will be accepted:
Mastercard and Visa.
If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or bank transfer please contact the Conference Office.
As the final stage of the online registration process, all registered delegates will receive a confirmation page and a separate email to confirm registration details. This confirmation should be checked carefully to ensure that all requirements are correct. In particular, the spelling of names and affiliations should be checked, as this information will be used to create badges.
Confirmation emails also act as a receipt. Please bring a copy of the email with you to the meeting.
If you have not received a confirmation email two weeks before the meeting, please contact the Conference Office.
Registering at the meeting
Please bring your confirmation email to present at the registration desk at the meeting. Badges will be issued upon registering and, for security reasons, must be worn for the duration of the meeting.
Student travel grants
The maximum student travel grant available is 150 and includes:
Registration fees (up to 50)
Accommodation (up to 50)
Travel (up to a maximum of 50)
The following principles apply to application for a Student Travel Grant:
1. Students can apply for a Travel Grant if they are a member of the Biochemical Society by the poster abstract submission deadline and have submitted a poster abstract.
2. Students can only apply for one Student Travel Grant in a year.
3. Students are not eligible for a Student Travel Grant if they have already received funding from the General Travel Fund in that same year.
4. All student members of the Biochemical Society are entitled to apply for these Travel Grants and this entitlement will extend to PhD graduates for up two years after graduation and to foreign student members in respect of travel in the UK and Irish Republic.
How to apply:
The online registration form for the meeting should be completed along with the Student Travel Grant Application Form.
Grant applications received four weeks prior to the meeting will be available for collection at the meeting (cheque only); however, you may apply for a grant at the Registration Desk, or up to four weeks after the meeting.
Subject to approval, applicants will receive a cheque for the appropriate amount. The maximum amount for travel expenses that will be reimbursed will be at the level of the current Young Persons Railcard fare. If the application does not use up the full amount of the Grant, the balance cannot be transferred to another meeting.
Poster abstract submission
Abstract submission deadline: 13 May 2009.
Abstract submission is now closed.
Has my abstract been accepted?
After submitting your abstract you should receive a submission number which will identify your abstract. If you have not received a submission number, then please email Conference Office immediately.
Approximately 2 weeks after the abstract submission deadline has passed, you will receive an email informing you whether your poster has been accepted or not and informing you of your poster number and session time.
All poster abstracts will be available to view online two weeks prior to the meeting.
Poster board size
1.8 x 0.9 meters, portrait style.
Velcro to mount your poster will be provided at the meeting.
Single en suite accommodation will be provided at the Univeristy of Chester. More information to follow.
At the meeting
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees and will be included in the registration fee.
Should you have any special dietary requirements, please indicate this on the registration form. Alternatively, please inform the Conference Office as changes to the menu cannot be made at the meeting.
Disabled access is available. If you require assistance during the meeting please contact the Conference Office.
Sponsors and trade exhibition
The following companies will be sponsoring the meeting:
Biochemical Society Transactions
Portland Press Ltd
British Heart Foundation
Please feel free to view our sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities at this meeting.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the meeting please contact the Conference Office.
Cancellations will be accepted in writing until 1 July 2009, and a refund (less 15 administration charge) will be issued.
After this date, neither full nor partial refunds can be given. Please note that refunds of less than 15 cannot be issued.
Official letters of invitation
Official letters of invitation, which are intended to assist with administrative arrangements in certain countries will only be issued when the individual has completed the following criteria:
1) Submitted an abstract which has been approved by the meeting scientific organizer for inclusion into the relevant meeting
2) Sent a letter from the head of their academic department on University headed paper saying why they need to attend the meeting in relation to their research
3) Registered and paid for the meeting
Such letters do not imply commitment of financial or other support by the organizers
If you require any further information, please contact:
The Meetings Office
The Biochemical Society
16 Procter Street
London WC1V 6NX
Telephone (Meetings Office): +44 (0) 20 7280 4150
Telephone (Main Reception): +44 (0) 20 7280 4100
Biochemical Society prizes
The Biochemical Society will be awarding cash prizes of £50 to the two best posters and the best short talk at the meeting. To enter, please collect a sticker from the registration desk.