IOP Conferences

Venue and city guide

The NPPD Conference will take place at the University of Glasgow. The plenary sessions will be held in Bute Hall - a grand hall with beautiful stained glass windows, an elaborate ceiling and wood panelling.

Founded in 1451, Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the UK and has 15000 undergraduates, almost 5000 postgraduates, 5000 adults in continuing education, and students from more than 100 countries.

Today, the University of Glasgow is one of the world's top 100 universities with an international reputation for its research and teaching and an important role in the cultural and commercial life of the country.

City Guide
Steeped in history yet defined by innovation, Glasgow’s breathtaking Victorian architecture and traditional welcoming embrace have provided a stately inheritance for the city’s commercial resurgence and cultural vigour.

Reiterating its status as one of the world’s most desirable destinations to work, study or simply enjoy a weekend visit, Scotland’s thriving central metropolis is developing and recasting itself to meet the challenge of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, home to the art nouveau architectural treasures of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on the doorstep of Scotland’s glorious countryside.

Named a UNESCO World City of Music in 2009, Glasgow is also preparing to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow was named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in the world to see in 2009, while US magazine Travel and Leisure declared “Glasgow is the UK’s hippest and most happening city”.

Glasgow is a shopper’s paradise and was voted Britain’s top retail destination. The main shopping thoroughfare, Buchanan Street, has been voted one of the world’s top retail destinations.

The pristine splendour of the Ayrshire coast and Robert Burns country, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - the gateway to Scotland’s famed Highlands – are less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow

Scotland is the home of golf, and some of the world’s finest Open championship courses such as Royal Troon and Turnberry are just an hour away from the city. Sample a dram in some of Scotland’s celebrated whisky distilleries, or visit some of our hauntingly beautiful castles – all within easy access of Glasgow.

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