The 19th ITEX meeting will be held at Stirling University April 25-27, 2018.
Registration is required for all attendees and costs £50 (which covers coffee/tea breaks throughout the meeting, lunch on 26 April and packed lunch on 27 April). You can make payment via this link, and this counts as formal registration too:
The Conference Dinner and Ceilidh (dance) is optional, although we would really love to see everyone there! This costs £30, which includes a 4-course Scottish dinner (vegetarian options available) as well as live music (from the Riverside Ceilidh Band) and traditional dancing. No previous ceilidh dancing experience is necessary (which is part of the fun) and there will be a ‘caller’ who takes everyone through the moves. Link for payment here:
Registration is open until 23 March, but is limited to 80 participants (due to the size of venues available) and is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please contact Philip Wookey if you experience any problems with the payment system.
Information on getting to/from Stirling University (and Stirling) can be found here:
Make sure to follow the Stirling Campus (not Highland Campus); if you scroll down you will find a clickable link to various modes of transport, too.
If you are arriving by air, there are public transport links from both Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow (GLA) airports.
All of the following can be booked via booking.com, or other online sites
Stirling doesn’t have any large international chain hotels, apart from Holiday Inn Express, but this is out on the ring road and not suitable if you don’t have a vehicle. If several people want to stay together there are quite a few options for self-catering apartments. There are also many B&Bs – too many to list – but this form of accommodation is common in Scotland, and can be good value. In terms of hotels, the following all have a good reputation. I also list Stirling Youth Hostel, which could be a good option for people wanting to stay together on a limited budget (there are bunk/shared rooms and dormitories). The small town of Bridge of Allan, which is slightly closer to the University than Stirling itself, and easy walking distance, also has several B&Bs as well as the Royal Hotel.
The following are tentative plans for before and after the conference.
Tuesday 24 April - A (relatively) local hike for those wishing to get some fresh air and exercise, with a leisurely start and back in good time for the Pub Gathering in the evening prior to the start of the meeting; this may be to Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen, or to Ben A'an in the Trossachs. They are both moderate walks (requiring robust footwear and warm/waterproof clothes), with some steep/rough terrain, but distances < 5 km.
Saturday 28 April (with possible departure on Friday evening, and return on Sunday) - A field excursion to the Cairngorms National Park. Because of the distance (about 2.5 hrs drive each way, in a minibus, from Stirling) it makes sense to stay over for at least one night (either Friday or Saturday). This trip will target accessing some of Scotland true alpine ecosystems (weather permitting), so will demand a willingness to hike over steep and rugged terrain, and appropriate clothing and footwear is required. Caledonian pine forests (at Abernethy and Rothiemurchus) can also be accessed, and requires less hiking, for any smaller groups who may have an interest in these beautiful and iconic Scottish ecosystems, too. For anyone wanting to come to the Cairngorms, but needing to be back in Edinburgh or Glasgow for flights on Sunday, we should be able to arrange to get you on the train or bus (from Aviemore) on Saturday evening if the group is staying overnight.