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Lysosomes in health and disease

13—14 May 2010

Charles Darwin House, London, UK




Venue information

The Biochemical Society Focused Meeting ‘Lysosomes in health and disease’ will take place at Charles Darwin House.

 

Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU
UK

 

Charles Darwin House is a newly built conference centre on the ground floor of the Biochemical Society’s office and is run jointly between the Biochemical Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and the British Ecological Society. The facilities include a state of the art lecture theatre seating up to 150 people, a collection of smaller meeting rooms and breakout areas as well as exhibition and poster display space.

 

The location, in the heart of London, makes it easily accessible by public transport. Charles Darwin House is located within walking distance of major London tourist attractions including the British Museum, Leicester Square, the National Gallery and Covent Garden market. Furthermore, it is surrounded by numerous traditional British pubs, restaurants and clubs. For further information please visit the website (coming soon).


Venue map

Charles Darwin House 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 National 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 National 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 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

 

Eurostar

 

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 Charles Darwin House


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
Charles Darwin House is situated at a walking distance from the following underground stations:

 

Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
Holborn (Central and 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 Charles Darwin House:

 

Kings Cross (15 minute walk or additionally use underground and/or bus services)

 

Euston (15 minute walk or additionally use underground and/or bus services)


St Pancras International (15 minute walk or additionally use underground and/or bus services)


Charing Cross (20 minute walk or additionally use underground and/or bus services)


Blackfriars (20 minute walk or additionally use underground and/or bus services)


Farringdon (15 minute walk or additionally use underground and/or bus services)

 

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 Charles Darwin House.

 

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: www.cclondon.com
 

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

Earlybird registration deadline: 13 April 2010
Registration has now reached maximum capacity. If you wish to be add to the waiting list, please contact the Conference Office
 
Non-residential fees
Full member £125
Non member £250
Student member £65

 

Non residential fees include lunches and refreshments for the duration of the conference and the Conference Dinner on 13 May. Please note that non residential fees do NOT include accommodation and delegates are advised to make their own arrangements. View list of hotels in London.
 


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

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.

Subject to approval, applicants will receive a bank transfer of the appropriate amount of funds after the meeting. 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. Please note that you may apply for a grant at the Registration Desk, or up to four weeks after the meeting.


Poster abstract submission

Abstract submission deadline: 11 March 2010

Online abstract submission is now closed. If you wish to submit an abstract please contact the Conference Office. Late abstracts will not appear in the programme book.
 
 

BJ Cell poster prize

BJ Cell is pleased to sponsor the BJ Cell poster prize, which will be awarded for the best poster presented at the meeting. The winner will receive £150 and a host of BJ Cell goodies. Entrants must be PhD students or post doctoral scientists within 7 years of receiving their PhD. To enter, please collect a sticker from the registration desk before the start of your poster session.
 

Biology of the Cell oral communication prize

Biology of the Cell will award a £100 prize to the best selected oral communication presented during the programme.  Oral communications will be selected from poster abstract and will be given during the main science programme.  If you wish your abstract to be considered for an oral communication slot, please tick the box during abstract submission.

 

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 1.2m high (portrait).

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


Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the registration fees. Delegates are advised to book their own accommodation. Please see below for a list of hotels in London which are located in close proximity to Charles Darwin House.

 

Argyle Hotels Group
42 Argyle Square, WC1H 8AL, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 837 0571

Please quote ‘Charles Darwin House’ to book your accommodation for a reduced rate (Argyle Hotels Group only).

 

Goodenough Club
23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AD, London

Approximately 0.2 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 769 4727
 

Hotel Ibis London Euston St Pancras
3 Cardington Street, NW1 2LW, London

Approximately 1.2 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel : +44(0)207 304 7712

 

Ambassador Hotel Bloomsbury
12 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0HX, London

Approximately 0.9 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 693 5400
 

Euston Square Hotel
152-156 North Gower Street, NW1 2LU, London

Approximately 1.3 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 388 0099
 

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Coram Street, WC1N 1HT, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0871 423 4876
 

Jurys Inn Islington
60 Pentonville Road, N1 9LA, London

Approximately 0.8 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)20 7282 5500
 

The Mentone Hotel
54-55 Cartwright Gardens, WC1 H9EL, London

Approximately 0.7 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 387 3927
 

Swinton Hotel
18-24 Swinton Street, WC1X 9NX, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel : +44(0)207 837 1451
 

The Thanet Hotel
8 Bedford Place, WC1B 5JA, London

Approximately 0.7 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 636 2869
  

The Rathbone Hotel
30 Rathbone Street, W1T 1LB, London

Approximately 1.3 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 636 2001
 

Hotel Russell
1-8 Russell Square, WC1B 5BE, London

Approximately 0.5 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0844 824 6171
 

Elmwood Hotel
19 Argyle Square, WC1H 8AS, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel:+44(0)207 833 4818
  

Comfort Inn Kings Cross
2-5 St Chad's Street, WC1H 8BD, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 837 1940
 

Mabledon Court Hotel
10-11 Mabledon Place, WC1H 9AZ, London

Approximately 0.8 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 388 3866
 

Hostels and budget accommodation

  

Generator Hostel London

37 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SE, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 388 7666

 

Smart Russell Square

70-72 Guilford Street, WC1N 1DF, London

Approximately 0.4 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 833 8818

 

Ashlee House

261 - 265 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8QT, London

Approximately 0.5 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 833 9400

 

Clink Hostel

78 Kings Cross Road, WC1X 9QG, London

Approximately 0.5 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 183 9400

 

Susan Lawrence Hostel

170 Kings Cross Road, WC1X 9DH, London

Approximately 0.7 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0844 472 1800

 

YHA London St Pancras
79-81 Euston Road, NW1 2QE, London

Approximately 0.8 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0845 371 9344

 

Other useful websites

 

LastMinute.com

LondonNights

LateRooms

Expedia

 

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.
 


Refreshments

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 contact 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:

Biochemical Society Transactions
Portland Press Ltd

Biochemical Journal

Biology of the Cell
Genzyme

Enzo Life Sciences

Actelion


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.

 


Refunds

Cancellations will be accepted in writing until 28 April 2010 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 at Biochemical Society conferences

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
Proceedings and abstracts of Harden Conferences 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 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:

 

#biochemsoc

 

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.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation

This meeting has been approved for CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians. Delegates can apply for 12 credits after the meeting has taken place. Please ask at the registration desk on arrival at the meeting for your certificate of attendance and evaluation forms. For further details please contact the Conference Office.


Contact Us

If you require any further information, please contact:

The Conference Office
The Biochemical Society
Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU

UK

Email: conferences@biochemistry.org

Telephone (Conference Office): +44 (0)207 685 2450
Telephone (Main reception): +44 (0)207 685 2400
Fax: +44 (0)207 685 2467