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Future Events > Synthetic Biology UK 2015 > General Information

Sponsored by:

Synthetic Biology UK 2015

1—3 September 2015

Kingsway Hall Hotel, London, UK

Venue information

Kingsway Hall Hotel
66 Great Queen Street 
London WC2B 5BX

Venue map

Kingsway Hall Hotel location map

Travelling to the venue

Travelling to London

By Air

The following airports are all accessible to London:


Heathrow Airport (linked to central London by the Heathrow Express from London Paddington, Piccadilly Undergound Line, Airbus or taxi).
Transport links between Heathrow Airport to central London.


Gatwick Airport (linked to central London by the Gatwick Express from London Victoria, First Capital Connect trains, Airbus or taxi).
Transport links between Gatwick Airport and central London.


London Stansted (linked to central London by the Stansted Express from London Liverpool Street, national rail, Airbus or taxi).

Transport links between London Stansted Airport and central London.


London City (linked to central London by the London Underground/tube network and taxi).
Transport links between London City Airport and central London.


London Luton Airport (linked to central London by the First Capital Connect trains, Airbus or taxi).
Transport links between London Luton Airport and central London.


By rail
The British Rail train network connects London to all the major cities and most towns within the UK (and some European destinations). It is advisable to reserve your seat where possible. In addition, Eurostar trains go directly from London to Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel.


There are nine major British Rail train stations in London, each serving different parts of the UK. Therefore the station you travel from is determined by where you want to go. In order to make your journey more efficient, you need to know which station you leave from and how to get there.


London Transport have a 'Stationlink' bus service which runs between the major London British Rail stations; in addition all the stations are part of the Underground train network. It is reasonably easy to travel from one station to another.


On the trains, there are many levels of service, from Economy Class to First Class travel, restaurant facilities and Sleeper carriages (which allows you to have a bed to rest in during your journey).


In addition you can get information by visiting in person one of London Transport Information Centres at:


Heathrow Airport, terminals 1-4
Victoria, train station
Euston Station, train station
King's Cross, train station
Liverpool Street, train station
Oxford Circus, Underground station
Piccadilly, Underground station
St. James's Park, Underground station


Visit the following websites for travel information and online booking:


National Rail 
International phone: +44 (0)20 7278 5240
UK only phone: 08457 48 49 50


The Train Line


UK Railways


Virgin Trains




By coach
National Express operates coach services across the UK connecting London to major city destinations. For more information visit the National Express website.



Travelling to Kingsway Hall Hotel

Visit the Transport for London website to get up to date information on trains, tubes and bus services as well as route planners and maps.


By underground
Kingsway Hall is situated at a walking distance from the following underground stations:


Holborn (Central and Piccadilly line)
Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Chancery Lane (Central line)
Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line)
Euston (Northern and Victoria line)
Kings Cross (Nothern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line)


View Tube Map


For more information visit the Transport for London website.


By rail
The following rail stations are located in the area of Kingsway Hall:


Kings Cross (1.1 miles)

Euston (1.3 miles)

St Pancras International (1.1 miles)

Charing Cross (1.6 miles)


For further travel information visit the Transport for London and National Rail website.


For maps of the local area visit the MultiMap website.


By car
We strongly advise delegates against driving into central London by car.


Parking is available at nearby NCP car parks, visit the NCP website for further details. Please note that parking costs are likely to be very high in the central London area.


For further directions and up to date travel information please refer to the AA or RAC for advice.

Please note that there is no parking available at Kingsway Hall.


London Congestion Charge Information
Transport for London will impose a charge of £8 per weekday on most vehicles being used in Central London. The charge is an area licence vehicles used in the central area zone must be registered. The payment is £8 per day and allows you to cross into and out of the zone unlimited amount of times on that specific day.


Zone operates: 07:00 to 18:00 weekdays
Pay by phone: 0845 900 1234 (UK only) or +44 20 7649 9122 (International)
Pay online:

By bus
Please see Transport for London Buses for further information.


By taxi
Please ensure you only use a reputable mini-cabs or Black cabs. Most firms provide a safe and reliable service but there are a lot of unlicensed and bogus mini-cabs around.


Hackney Carriages / 'black cabs' (identified by the 'TAXI' sign on the roof) can be easily flagged down from the pavement.


Private Car Hire Services (including mini-cabs) can only be booked in advance by telephone. Both types display official licence plates on the outside of the vehicle and all legitimate drivers carry identification cards. It is advisable never to get into a private hire car/mini-cab you have not ordered.


Charges may be metered or pre-set, please check before travelling. Cab drivers expect to be tipped 10% of the total fare.

Registration fees and forms

Members rate: £165

Non-members rate: £250
Students rate: £125


Please note that after the earlybird registration deadline has passed all fees will be increased by £50.


Note: Full/Early Career/Associate Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society.
Not a member of the Biochemical Society? Join today and save £'s on your registration fee.


Members of the following organizations are eligible to register for the reduced member rates for all Biochemical Society conferences:
New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq)
Chinese Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CSBMB)

Note that members of the Society of Biology, the Microbiology Society and the Society for Applied Microbiology are also entitled to register at the member rate.

Please ensure you enter your membership number during registration. For details please see International Associate Membership.

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.


Confirmation email

At the final stage of the online registration process, all registered delegates will be directed to a confirmation page and receive 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.

Poster abstract submission

Abstract Submission Guidelines
The maximum number of words allowed in your abstract body is 230. Please note that author details will be added on the final page of the submission process (do not add your author list or affiliation details to either of the fields on this page). The preferred method for submission is to type your abstract straight into the online submission form, or alternatively paste the text from a word-processed document. The ‘Full title’ should be presented sentence case (not in Title Case or BLOCK CAPITALS), that is only the first letter of the title or appropriate terms such as abbreviations or proper nouns should be upper case. Please do not include tables, figures or references in the abstract as these will be removed before your abstract is published.


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 contact the Conference Office.

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: 1m wide x 2m high (portrait).

Velcro to mount your poster will be provided at the meeting.


Accommodation is not included in the registration fees. Delegates are advised to book their own accommodation. The Grange Hotel have a number of high quality Hotels located in the area and offer special rates for Biochemical Society Delegates.


To book please contact the Central Reservation Office and quote "Biochemical Society" 


Tel: +44 (0)207 233 7888

Fax:+44 (0)207 630 9897



Grange Holborn 
50-60 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR‎


Grange White Hall 
2-5 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BU‎

The Beauchamp
24-27 Bedford Place, London, WC1B 5JH‎

Blooms Townhouse
7 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BP  

The Buckingham
39-40 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JT

The Portland
31-32 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JH

The Clarendon
34-37 Bedford Place, London WC1  

The Lancaster
4-6 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JO  





15 Monck Street, London SW1P 2BJ


Other useful websites





Please note: these are suggestions to help you secure accommodation for the duration of the meeting. The Biochemical Society takes no responsibility for the availability or quality of the hotels. Delegates are advised to book early in advance to secure accommodation.


At the meeting
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees and will be included in the registration fee.

Dietary requirements

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

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:

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 August 2015, 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

Tweeting and Blogging

With increasing frequency, conference attendees at scientific conferences are using Twitter or blogs to share and highlight interesting information discussed at conferences, and also to network with each other. The Biochemical Society has created the following policy with regards to the use of networking sites at Biochemical Society conferences.


The Biochemical Society’s Twitter and blogging policy

Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events
Proceedings and abstracts of Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events are unpublished, in order to promote the exchange of novel information and ideas.  Delegates are asked to respect the closed nature of the conferences, and not to report information discussed via Twitter, Facebook, blogs and similar social networks.

Focused Meetings, Workshops and Annual Symposia

The Biochemical Society encourages the discussion of its conferences via Twitter, Facebook and similar social networks.  In order to promote discussion and the exchange of information, delegates who wish to tweet are asked to use the Biochemical Society hashtag:




Speakers will be made aware of this policy, and have the right to ask delegates not to disseminate their research via the Internet. If a Speaker makes this request, delegates are asked not to discuss the relevant work in this way. Delegates are respectfully asked to refrain from communicating using mobile devices whilst lectures are in progress.


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The Conference Office
Biochemical Society
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The information on this website is regularly updated. Although at the time of publication the information contained on this web site is believed to be correct, neither the Speakers, Organizers nor the Biochemical Society assume any responsibility for any errors or omissions herein contained.


Delegates who plan on attending meetings are advised to check the website has not been amended, and if in doubt, contact the Conference Office to confirm meeting start and finish dates before booking transport and accommodation.


In addition, delegates who have not received confirmation of their registration should contact the Conference Office to confirm their attendance before making arrangements to attend.