Conference Venue
The Conference will be held in the Pentland Suite of the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh First.
Conference Address: Edinburgh First, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY

On-Site Accommodation
If you have made accommodation reservations via the conference website/or direct with Edinburgh First and are staying on campus the following information may be helpful.

The address is Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh (NB this is the same location as the conference venue – The John McIntyre Centre).
Please check in at the Main Reception Centre (located at the main entrance to Pollock Halls of Residence).

Residents who are staying at Salisbury Green or Masson House should also initially check in at the Main Reception Centre where you will be given directions to Mason House for check in. Telephone number for the reception centre is 0131 651 2002.

Check-in time for accommodation is 2pm – however you can leave your bags at Reception if you arrive earlier. They also have a 24 hour check-in desk – therefore late arrivers will have no problems getting to their room. Check out is 10.30am and luggage can be stored at the Main Reception Centre.

The John McIntyre Conference Centre and all accommodation blocks have free wifi access. Please search for Keysurf

Registration Desk
The Conference Registration Desk will be located in the main conference foyer of the John McIntyre Centre, and will open at 8am on Tuesday 11th July 2017. We will endeavour to staff the desk throughout the entire conference, therefore please direct any questions you have to that point.

Conference Programme
The Conference Programme with information on keynote speakers, oral presentations and Poster Lightening talks is currently listed on the conference website. At registration you will receive a full conference booklet. A full delegate listing will also be available.

  • The following schedule has been set:
  • Keynote Speakers – 40 minutes in total, suggest present for 30 minutes and 10 minutes for Q&A
  • Oral Presentations – 15 minutes in total, suggest present for 12 minutes and 3 minutes for Q&A
  • Poster Lightening Presentation – 2 minutes in total – no Q&A time
  • Each Oral Session will have a chair who will introduce the session and each oral presentation within that session. They will also keep the presentation to time.
  • A PC laptop will be available and loaded with Powerpoint 2013.
    If you are using a Mac, you MUST bring an appropriate device AND adaptor to connect to the data projector on the day of your presentation
  • For those giving a poster lightening presentation, powerpoint presentations must be emailed to miua.2017@ed.ac.uk by Friday 30th June and cannot be uploaded on the day
  • Poster Lightening Presentation template can be found here: LightningTemplate
  • For those giving a keynote presentation or oral presentation, you can email your presentation to miua.2017@ed.ac.uk by Monday 3rd July. After this date, please bring your presentation on a memory stick

Poster Lightening Presentation (Paper Posters)
This session will take place on Wednesday 12th July from 11.05-12.00pm in the Pentland Suite. Each presenter has 2 minutes to present their poster (in powerpoint format).
Along with the lightening presentation, you will be able to display your poster on Wednesday 12th July ONLY. Poster boards will be ready from 8am on Wednesday 12th July

Poster Lightening Presentation (Clinical Abstracts)
This session will take place on Thursday 13th July from 11.30-12.30 in the Pentland Suite. Each presenter has 2 minutes to present their poster (in powerpoint format).
Along with the poster lightening presentation, you will be able to display your poster on either Tuesday 11th or Thursday 13th July. Poster boards will be ready from 8am on Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th.

All Poster Boards will be hung in portrait format and are A0 in size

If you are a user of Twitter, please follow @miua2017
There will be ongoing conversations throughout the conference, please use #miua2017

The conference delegate fee includes coffee/tea and lunch on 11th-13th July. It also includes the conference drinks reception and ceilidh on Tuesday 11th July and the conference dinner on Wednesday 12th July

Drinks Reception
Time: 18.30-19.30
Location: South Hall, Edinburgh First Conference and Accommodation Campus
Enjoy a glass of wine and canapes whilst catching up with colleagues old and new

Time: 19.30 – 21.30
Location: South Hall, Edinburgh First Conference and Accommodation Campus
A traditional Ceilidh band will entertain so make sure you have your dancing shoes looked out! Traditional Scottish supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties will be served

Conference Dinner
Time: Pre Dinner Drinks at 7.00pm
Dinner at 7.30pm
Location: The Royal College of Surgeons, Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
Details: Enjoy the conference dinner followed by a Presentation from University of Southampton, Hosts of MIUA 2018 Conference.
Close at 10.00pm
If you are staying on-site, there will be walking groups from the conference venue to the dinner venue.
18.30 – slow walk to conference venue
18.45 – fast walk to conference venue
22.00 – Walking groups back to conference venue
You can sign up for these at registration

As you would imagine there are a vast quantity of restaurants in Edinburgh and the surrounding area of the conference/accommodation venue. However there are some good restaurants within a short walk from Pollock Halls, please click on the links below for further information:

For more of a selection please visit The List website via the link below

From Edinburgh Airport:
There is a brilliant Shuttle service from the Edinburgh Airport into the city Centre which is £4.50 single or £7.50 return, which takes approximately half an hour. The bus drops off and picks up from outside Waverley Train Station.

There is also a tram service which also departs from Edinburgh Airport and you can disembark at Princes Street.
Tickets are priced at £8.50 return and the journey time is similar to that of the bus service

There is a taxi rank located on the opposite side of the road from the Bus drop off point. The journey to the conference venue will cost approx £5-£7.

To travel to the conference venue by bus, from Waverley Bridge walk across the road onto Princess Street. A Lothian Bus No 30 will take you to the conference venue.
All fares cost £1.60 per journey or you can purchase an all day travel ticket for £3.50. You must have the correct money for your journey as no change is given.
See map for locations of bus stops including the Air Link service.
Information about the airport can be found at

From Waverley Train Station
The nearest train station to the conference location is Edinburgh Waverley, this is a principal station and provides both national and local services. If arriving by train then you can travel to the venue by bus or taxi (information above)

Tourist Information
Upon registration you will receive a Edinburgh Delegate Passport which includes discount offers to restaurants, things to do, tours, shops etc
You can view these here http://www.edinburghrewards.com/
For those interested in the Highland Tour, interest from our delegates was not sufficient to enable a tour to be organised by ourselves. However via the Edinburgh Passport, you can select which tour suits you best and obtain the relevant discount.
Find out more information here http://www.edinburghrewards.com/category_listing.html&category_id=2