The venue

See the conference google map at the foot of this page.

Getting to Lancaster

To figure out the best way to travel to the Lancaster University, please have a look at the Lancaster University travel site.

Engineering works will be taking place over the summer on the Leeds-Lancaster train line, which means that accurate timetables and tickets for this route may not be available until 11th June. Please see Travel update for more information and to sign up for weekly alerts about this disruption.

The city

Lancaster is small enough to explore on foot and there are regular bus services linking the city with the campus and with the local area, including the Lake District. Lancaster was designated a Cycling Town in 2005 and has a network of linked cycle tracks in the centre and around. The River Lune and the Lancaster Canal run through the centre. Lancaster has numerous historic buildings including the Castle c1150 (a site of witch trials in 1612 and a jail until 2012) and The Priory c1094.The long standing connection with Quakerism is one of the inspirations for the theme of the conference. The Quakers, also known as The Religious Society of Friends, has its roots in 17C England, when small groups of ‘Seekers’ in towns and villages around the country coalesced around the informal leadership of George Fox. Early Quakers rejected professional priests, and held all life and all places to be equally sacred. They met in each other’s homes, and later in purpose-built ‘meeting houses’ where they waited silently for the Holy Spirit to guide them. Lancaster’s Friends Meeting House was built in 1708 and George Fox spent two years imprisoned in Lancaster Castle for his religious and social dissent and his preaching at The Priory.

There are a variety of cultural activities related to science and technology in Lancaster including a Visitor Centre at the nearby Heysham Power Station. STS scholars at Lancaster have long been associated with local activism on technoscientific issues, for example around Cumbrian hill sheep farmers and the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident (1986), the effects of Foot and Mouth Disease (2001) and currently in relation to contestations over fracking.

Lancaster has a wealth of restaurants and public houses, many in picturesque locations such as the canal side. There is also an award winning local brewery and a thriving shopping scene, with many independent shops. The bustling Charter Market is in the city’s historic centre every Wednesday and Saturday, and the Assembly Rooms is worth a visit to browse the eclectic mix of stalls selling vintage, period and retro clothing, comic books, art and memorabilia.

Bus travel between campus and the city

Stagecoach, the local bus operator, has partnered with EASST and Lancaster University to make travel between the city and campus as easy as possible. Delegates may use their conference badges as bus passes to travel to and from campus on any service anywhere in the Stagecoach Bay Megarider Lancaster & Morecambe zone: see route map. For your first journey from Lancaster to campus, before you have picked your badge, you may use an the print-out of an email confirming your conference attendance as a pass.

Travelling from the city

The bus station is situated on Damside Street in the city centre. Buses (services U2, U3, U3R, U4, X3, 41, 42) leave for the University frequently and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. The U3R bus service runs every 30 minutes between the Railway Station and the University (Monday to Saturday daytimes).

Stagecoach will provide additional capacity from 25th-28th July during the times that most delegates will be travelling to and from campus. Additional services will run to and from Common Garden Street. Additional services will also run from the train station on Wednesday 25th, which, combined with the scheduled U3R service, means there should be a bus departing for campus every 15 minutes.

This PDF map shows the bus station, railway station Common Garden Street, Town Hall (venue for Thursday’s plenary session) and more.

Travelling from campus

All buses drop off and collect passengers in the Underpass, situated underneath Alexandra Square in the centre of campus. Additionally, services U3, U3R, U4, 41 and 42 serve the southern perimeter road and South West Campus, Cartmel College (i.e. most conference accommodation) is located. There are also bus stops directly outside the Sports Centre on the main drive.

Routes U3, U3R, 40, 41, 42, and X3 run direct between the city and campus, taking around 15 minutes. Other routes go via Hala or Bowerham, which can take an additional 15 minutes.

For bus information use the Transport Hub in iLancaster or call ‘Traveline’ on 0871 200 22 33. Alternatively, visit the Stagecoach website for current timetables and further information. We would encourage delegates to leave plenty of time to make the journey between campus and the city.

Bike rental

Bikes can be hired from Leisure Lakes Bikes in the town centre (103 Penny Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XN) – although they currently only have 15 in stock, so you may need to book quickly! Lancaster was a designated ‘cycling demonstration town’ with good cycling connections from the university to town, and beyond to the countryside and coast. Walking and cycling route maps are available here (but see below).

If you book a bike for 3 or more days using the code CONFERENCE10 you will get a 10% discount. 1 or 2 day hire will be charged at the normal rate of £15 per day. You will need to pay a £250 security deposit, which will then be refunded less the hire charge at the end of the hire, and to provide proof of ID which will be kept on copy until the hire has ended. Bookings should be made at least a week in advance.

Bike routes

There are multiple routes to cycle between city centre and Lancaster University campus. See cycling map for the area. There is no completely traffic-free route, and in rush-hour traffic can be relatively heavy. Also, Lancaster is hilly, so a good route may take you around a hill, rather than go in a straight line.

A suggested route from Dalton Square to campus (or campus back to the city) is:
* Follow A6 /Thurnham Street (the one-way system circling the town centre) for 300m and turn left across the canal onto A6 South Road. 
* Follow the A6 for about 4 km until you can turn left onto campus.

For a quieter, but slightly more complex route:
Follow A6 /Thurnham Street (the one-way system circling the town centre) for 300m and turn left across the canal onto A6 South Road.
At the first roundabout, turn left onto 
Bowerham Rd, which turns into Barton Road, for appr 2 km. Turn left onto
Lentworth Drive, which turns into Claughton Drive, for appr. 1km. At the end of this street, cross the crossing road onto
a cycle path, which you can follow until the end (appr. 600m), where you turn left onto
Bailrigg Lane. Follow this for 200m, until you can turn right onto
another cycle path, which after about 200m will take you to the North end of campus.

Cycle parking is available at the corners of Bowland Avenue closest to University House and Bowland Hall, in Bowland North Quad, and in Great Hall Square (for the conference sessions), and outside Barker House Farm in Cartmel College (for conference accommodation).

Reverse these instructions if cycling from campus to the city!

We have placed the two routes described above on a special Google map. Both routes are also suitable for those walking. The Eastern route is quieter , while slightly longer, and slightly hillier.





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