Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 13:30

General Information for Congress Participants

As the IFHP’s Centenary Congress in London on 8-11 June is ongoing, please stay updated with this information for you as a participant at the congress.

Congress Programme
The Detailed Congress Programme is now available online. In the Congress Brochure, you can find useful information about the congress, including speakers and moderators list, the Detailed Programme, venue maps, addresses etc.

Registration Desk
Please collect your congress bag and name badge at the registration desk. Registration will take place in the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT.

Registration will open at 08:00 on Monday 10th June. The first plenary session starts at 09:00 so please arrive promptly to register.

Coffee and pastries/fruit will be available before the first session starts at 9:00.

Getting around
To the Opening Ceremony at Forman’s Fish Island
Please not that you need to sign up (separately) for the Opening Ceremony in order to attend.

By public transportation
Go to Stratford Station by Central Line, Jubilee Line or the DLR. Please allow at least one hour to get from central London to Stratford Station.

A special bus shuttle service (running from 18:30 on Sunday, 9 June) will bring you from Stratford Station to the Opening Ceremony at Forman’s Fish Island.

Information for the shuttle bus pick-up point at Stratford Station to the Opening Ceremony

Stratford station is an incredibly complex site as it was expanded to be the main transport hub for the Olympic park last summer. Please allow plenty of time for navigating your way around it. It consists of two shopping centres (old and new) connected by a pedestrian bridge. The shuttle buses will run from the new side, outside The Cow Pub, 4 Chestnut Plaza, Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, London, E20.  Chestnut Plaza is in The Street and is signposted from the Westfield Shopping Centre exits leading to the external shops and restaurants areas. Grid reference A1 on the map.

Map of Stratford station

Address and location
Forman’s Fish Island, Stour Road, London E3 2NT

To UCL (University College London), main venue of the congress
By London Underground (tube)
The closest tube stations to the main congress venue at UCL are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line). More information and a journey planner.

By bus, national rail, coach, air

Address and location
UCL, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

To The Crystal
By public transportation
The nearest station to the Centre is Royal Victoria Station (Zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), only a three minute walk away from the Crystal. From Central London, take the eastbound Jubilee Line and change onto the DLR at Canning Town taking the Beckton line. Royal Victoria Station is the first stop. Alternatively, several London Underground lines also connect to the DLR at Bank and Tower Gateway. Please allow at least an hour from central London to The Crystal.

Address and location
One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, Eastern Gateway London E16 1GB

Study Tours
If you have booked a pre-congress or post-congress tour (i.e. to Letchworth Garden City, East London or Welwyn Garden City via the TCPA’s website) you will be sent some specific information about that tour.

For the tours on the afternoon of Monday 10th June, which are included in your ticket price, please bring comfortable shoes for walking and an umbrella or rain jacket in case of inclement weather.

If you have signed up for the tour to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (study tour 1) you will be sent some specific information about security. You will need to bring a passport or photo driving licence to enter the Olympic site.

For your accommodation, we kindly remind you to take care of a hotel reservation if you haven’t already done so.

The local currency is the British Pound GBP. Money can be exchanged at the airport and in the city. There are many cash machines in the city centre and close to the congress venue. Generally, you can use your credit card at most places in London so there is no need to keep too much cash.

Weather forecast
June becomes usually pleasantly warm and sunny in London as the summer arrives. Daytime temperatures can reach a high of 19°C (66°F) and only fall to around 11°C (52°F) in the evenings. However, given the unprecedentedly cold Spring the UK is having, please prepare yourself for rain or shine. We advise bringing an umbrella. Check the latest weather forecast.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some sunshine.

We are looking forward to an inspiring and highly informative IFHP Congress together with you.

If there is anything else we can help you with, please let us know.