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2017 Visitor Information
9th International Materials Education Symposium

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BedroomRooms for delegates will be available at the main conference venue: Clare College. Due to the limited number of rooms available, we recommend making your reservation as soon as possible. These rooms are very convenient for meeting attendees, being on the same site as the Symposium. All bedrooms include:

  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Good working area for study with Internet access
  • Breakfast is provided

Single room price = £99.60 per night, per room (including VAT)
Twin room price = £145.20 per night, per room (including VAT)

Check-in is available from 3pm. You need to check-in at the Porters' Lodge at Memorial Court.

You can book these rooms when you register.

Please note: rooms are comfortable and modern, but this is a conference venue used as student housing during University term, not hotel accommodation. Contact us if you are interested in a twin room.

Map of Clare College

Alternative Accommodation

Alternative nearby College accommodation is available, please visit Cambridge Rooms for availability and more information. Alternative nearby hotels:

Short course and workshops venue information

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

The Short Course and Workshops will take place at:

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
27 Charles Babbage Road

Maps & full directions on the Materials Science Department website »

Symposium venue information

The Symposium will be held at Clare College in the University of Cambridge. Accommodation and parking are available on site.

Clare College travel

Clare College
Queen's Road
The Gillespie Conference Centre and accommodation are at Clare's Memorial Court, which is accessed off Queen's Road.

Maps and directions at the Clare College website »
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From the rail station: Cambridge rail station is about 1.5 miles from the College—a 10 minute taxi-ride, although it may take longer at peak periods (ask for "Memorial Court, Clare College"). For bus connections, take a bus to the city centre.

From the bus station: Cambridge bus station is about a 15 minute walk, or 5 minute taxi-ride (ask for "Memorial Court, Clare College") in clear traffic from Clare College.

Driving: Follow the driving instructions at the link provided above. Nearby parking is available to Symposium attendees on a first-come, first-served basis at £4.50 per day. Contact us to arrange parking.

On arrival, report to the Porters' Lodge at the Memorial Court.

Clare College history

Clare College is the second oldest of Cambridge's thirty-one colleges. It was founded in 1326, and endowed a few years later by Lady Elizabeth de Clare (Lady de Burgh), a granddaughter of King Edward I (1272-1307). It became known as Clare Hall as early as 1339 (the present simplified title, 'Clare', dates from 1856). In 1359, a set of statutes were defined by which the new college was to be governed. The remarkably enlightened attitude to learning and university education in these statutes has guided the college for nearly seven centuries: 'the knowledge of letters ... when it hath been found, it sendeth forth its students, who have tasted of its sweetness, fit and proper members in God's Church and the State, to rise to diverse heights, according to the claim of their deserts.'

The present college buildings which surround the 'Old Court' were built over a period of seventy-seven years, from the mid-seventeenth-century to the early eighteenth (1638-1715). There is no record of the architect who designed these beautiful buildings, the prospect of which, looking across King's College lawns, is one of the most famous in England. (Clare tradition has it that the architect was the great Inigo Jones; but this tradition cannot be verified.)

Memorial Court (the location for our meeting and accommodation) was built just across the river from Old Court during the 1920s to a design of Giles Gilbert Scott and dedicated in 1926.

Find out more about the history on the college website »

Dinner Venues

Presenters' Dinner

The Presenters' Dinner will be held at Clare College in the University of Cambridge.

Clare College
Queens Road
The drinks reception will take place at the Scholars Gardens, and the dinner at the Main Hall.

Maps and directions at the Clare College website »

More information about Clare College above »

Symposium Dinner

The Symposium Dinner will be held at Gonville and Caius College in the University of Cambridge.

Gonville and Caius College
Trinity Street
The drinks reception will take place at Gonville Court Lawn, and the dinner at the Old Courts Main Hall.

Maps and directions at Gonville and Caius College website »

Directions from Queen's Road to Symposium Dinner: Follow the yellow dotted line on the map from Clare College, on Queen's Road, along Garret Hostel Lane, to Gonville and Caius College's Old Courts site, on Trinity Street.

Map of Old Courts site at Gonville and Caius College »

Gonville and Caius College history

Gonville and Caius College, often referred to as Caius College, is the fourth oldest in the University of Cambridge. It was first founded as Gonville Hall by Edmund Gonville, Rector of Terrington St Clement in Norfolk, in 1348, as a college capable of supporting 20 scholars in pursuit of higher degrees, particularly in the arts and theology.

It was refounded and extended in 1557 by former student and fellow, John Keys. He spelled his name in many different ways (following Elizabethan practice), one of which was 'Caius'. By 1630, the college had expanded considerably, with about 25 fellows and 150 students. There was rapid expansion from about 1840 onwards, including a larger hall, a new library, and major residential buildings.

The college's three famous gates of 'Humility', 'Virtue', and 'Honour', symbolise the student’s moral journey from arrival to departure. It is now one of the largest Cambridge colleges and it has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners.

Find out more about the history on the college website »

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While you are in Cambridge, why not take the time to explore some of the beauty of this ancient university town? Local websites provide many walks and guided tours, or just head out and start exploring

Useful links:

punts Kings College Looking down the river, along the Backs
Bridges over the river Cam The Senate House Mathematical Bridge