Useful Information


Dr Janet Lovett .


Main conference venue: School of Physics and Astronomy, KY16 9SS

Accommodation: Agnes Blackadder Hall, KY16 9XW

The banquet venue: Upper and Lower College Hall, KY16 9AL


Please do not travel or attend the conference should you have, or suspect you have, COVID-19. Although you are legally allowed to travel within the UK it would be better for your health as well as the health of others if you don’t. Please contact the organiser if this is the case.

The current Scottish Government guidance is that face masks are recommended when inside but are not mandatory. Please respect the choices other people make.

Please contact the organiser by email immediately from your residence should you believe that you have COVID-19 once you are at the conference. There is not a formal solution set out for this case but we will do our best to help.

General registration information:

Registration closed on 1st May. We have 138 delegates.

Registration for delegates includes all the full conference, abstract booklet, meals and coffee breaks from Monday 6th June evening to Friday 10th June lunchtime inclusive, receptions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Banquet with wine, followed by a Ceilidh on Thursday evening. Accommodation will be provided in the Agnes Blackadder Halls. Rooms are ensuite and contain a double bed. The Agnes Blackadder will also host breakfast and dinner (except the banquet) and is a 5-10 minute walk from the conference venue in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is the main conference venue. Lunches will be served at the main conference venue. Receptions for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night will be held at the main conference venue. Accompanying persons are welcome to attend these receptions.

Lectures will be held in Lecture Theatre A of the main conference venue. This is with the exception of the RSC ESR group AGM and the EasySpin Workshop (and Q&A) which will be in Lecture Theatre C of the same building.


Speakers must use their own computer or discuss alternative arrangements with the organiser in good time. Find the organiser if you’d like to test the equipment. Otherwise please come to Lecture Theatre A at the start of the break before your session, or at 8.40 am if you are in the first session of the day.

It may be that delegates need to be remote from the conference so some lectures will be streamed live for them. Please be prepared for this to happen. There is no permission to record lectures.

Talks should be 5 minutes less than their time slot to allow 5 minutes for questions. So Plenary speakers have 35 minutes to talk, Invited speakers have 25 minutes to talk, and contributed talk speakers and JEOL talks have 15 minutes to talk. Prize lecturers will have been emailed with information on their talk time, and there are no questions for prize talks.

Posters should be A0 or smaller in size. If your poster is A0 landscape please talk to the organiser. It is much preferable for your poster to have portrait orientation if it is A0.

Posters will be presented in the main conference venue and will be accessible during breaks and lunches. Posters for presenting authors A-L must be put up in good time for the Tuesday afternoon poster session (anytime from Monday evening) in the position labelled by the page number your abstract appears on in the abstract book (supplied upon onsite registration).

They may remain in place until the start of Wednesday lunchtime. Posters for presenting authors M-Z must be put up in good time for the Thursday afternoon poster session (anytime from Wednesday lunchtime) in the position labelled by the page number your abstract appears on in the abstract book (supplied upon onsite registration). They may remain in place until Friday lunchtime.

Check-in and onsite registration

The conference registration will open at 3 pm on Monday 6th June in Agnes Blackadder Hall. The residential rooms will be available for check-in at this time. If registration is missed, then you can register at the main conference venue at any time. If check-in is missed, then you can check in at any time. Should the reception be closed just use the bell and assistance will come.

On Monday evening we will have Whisky Tasting and short introduction to Whisky. Please be in Physics and Astronomy shortly after 8 pm to enjoy the introduction.

Other useful information

WiFi is available throughout the University. There is Eduroam, and details of the guest WiFi for accommodation will be provided in the rooms.

Details of the banquet and possible social activities for the free afternoon will be given at the Welcome just before the first lecture on the 7th June. If you miss this information session, please find the organiser or local assistants (who will have University of St Andrews branded hats on) and they will answer any questions.

If you are planning on swimming in the sea please do remember to bring suitable clothing to the conference! Swimming is at your own risk.  Please note that lifeguard patrols do not begin on West Sands beach until June 18th, for further beach and safety information see

Please sign up to the mail list for the group to receive emails about this conference and future ones. See the homepage for details.

Further accommodation

Extra nights at the University accommodation being used for the conference may be available, and should you require these, please see for more information and contact details. State in the online booking notes that you are attending a conference under ref KX80365 and would like to stay in the same room.



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