Information for CISA seminar speakers

The seminar

CISA seminars are traditionally held on . Seminars are usually 50 minutes long followed 10 minutes of discusion. We also like to arrange a lunch buffet and/or dinner, where people in Informatics can have more informal discussions with the speaker.

Accomodation and expenses

For help with accomodation and claims for expenses speakers (we can cover UK travel costs and one nights accomodation), contact the CISA secretary (). The website has a rather exhaustive list of places to stay. A somewhat less exhaustive list with some comments from guests:

If you have any comments on these places or want to suggest a nice place you have stayed at previously, please tell the seminar organiser ().

How to get here

CISA is based on the second floor of the Informatics Forum, which is part of the University of Edinburgh's central campus. The forum in on the corner of the George Square gardens, in the Southside area of the city.

When you get to The Informatics Forum, you will need to sign in and reception will contact your host. If you are staying for an extended visit you can ask the CISA secretary or your host () to see if a visitor office can be arranged for you.


Arriving by train

Get off at Edinburgh Waverley station. From there, it's 10 minutes walk to The Informatics Forum (refer to this map), or you can take a taxi. Ask the driver for the Informatics Forum, number 10, Crichton Street.

Arriving by plane

From Edinburgh airport, you can take the city shuttle bus (number 100) from directly outside the terminal to the Waverley train station (the last stop on the route). Tickets for the bus can be purchased at the stop outside the terminal, or on the bus itself -- they are 5 pounds for an open return, or 3 pounds for a single ticket. The journey takes around 25 minutes. From the Waverley station, follow the `arriving by train' instructions above.

An alternative is to take a taxi directly from the airport.

Arriving by Car

Parking in Edinburgh is a pain at the best of times. For a short stay, there are spaces with `pay and display' parking meters in many of the surrounding roads, such as Buccleuch Place. These can be quite expensive for a long stay though. You may want to consider driving to your hotel/accommodation and leaving the car there. Contact the CISA secretary if you need car parking space within the university ().