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2010 Annual Meeting Location/Travel

20th Annual Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, 28 – 30 October 2010
Workshops Sunday, 31 October 2010

Birmingham, UK

Location

Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city with a population of over 1 million people that boasts more canals than Venice, and is the home of Cadbury’s chocolate and Europe’s largest free Artsfest. The centre of the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham has a rich heritage including the invention of gas lighting and the mass production of the steam engine, yet it remains Europe’s greenest city with more open spaces and parks than any other. The city centre has undergone a major rejuvenation in recent years, combining modern architecture with its classic buildings; the Bullring has been home to a market for the past 800 years.

The city has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the UK and a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings. Nightlife abounds with many places to go such as canalside cafés, pubs, restaurants, the cinema, theatre, ballet or laugh the night away at the Glee and Jongleurs Comedy Clubs. Birmingham’s Chinatown features a wide range of restaurants and interesting specialist supermarkets, and for those who are fond of curries, Birmingham is the capital of the 'Balti.'

More information can be found at www.visitbirmingham.com.

Additional information about IADMS in Birmingham can be found at: www.birminghamconventionbureau.com/iadms2010.

Climate and Clothing
Predicting the weather in the UK is something that our weather forecasters have yet to master. Generally October is a mild autumn month, though it is best to prepare for the worst! The average day time temperature is 10°C (50°F) with evenings dropping to 7°C (45°F). October is one of the wettest months with an average of 69mm (2.75 inches) of precipitation

Please visit the BBC Weather web page or other weather web sites prior to travelling.

Time Zones
Birmingham, UK will be on "Summer Time" ("BST” = "Daylight Savings Time") when the conference begins. "Standard Time" begins Sunday, October 31 (clocks will be set back one hour at 2 am). This is different from some other areas, such as the USA, where "Daylight Savings Time" ("Summer Time") ends Sunday, November 7. See wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/rules/eu.htm for more information.

Travel
For complete details, you may also see www.meetbirmingham.com/getting-here

Air (Birmingham International Airport)
Birmingham International is the UK's third largest airport for charter traffic, with the highest proportion of business traffic, second only to London Heathrow. The airport acts as the region’s premier gateway to Europe, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Over 50 airlines operate scheduled and charter services to more than 100 destinations.

Local Airport Transportation

Train
Birmingham International Airport is just 8 miles (13 km) from the city centre. The Airport rail station, Birmingham International, is located only 500 metres from the Airport Passenger Terminals. The rail station is linked to the Passenger Terminals by the free, frequent Air-Rail Link from 5:15 am to 2:00 am. Air-Rail link runs every two minutes with a journey time of less than 2 minutes, providing a fast and easy connection from train to plane. There are approximately 9 trains per hour during the day to Birmingham New Street (city centre) with a journey time between 10 and 20 minutes. Services are less frequent in the evenings and on weekends. The fare is approximately £3.10
www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/BHI.html

Bus
National Express coaches leave once an hour from the Birmingham International Airport to get you quickly (50 minutes) and comfortably into the city for approximately £2.70.

Taxis
Black Cabs can be hailed on the street, at the airport or in the city centre. TOA Taxis are operated by Black Cabs, but reservations are required. Travel from the Birmingham International Airport to Birmingham City Center by taxi will cost approximately £20-35 and will take approximately 30-50 minutes.

Transport from London and Manchester / Road and Rail Network
Birmingham sits in the heart of England yet is only 118 miles (190 km) from London. At the centre of the country’s motorway network, it offers easy access to all of the UK’s major cities.

The M5, M6 and M42 motorways service the city from all directions, with many of the junctions just a few minutes from the city centre. There are over 25,000 parking spaces in the city centre alone and numerous local car parks that charge £3 a day, so parking will not be an issue when you arrive.

Birmingham New Street Station lies in the heart of the city and is the hub of the UK rail network. High speed trains to and from London Euston Station operate three times an hour; the journey takes just 82 minutes.

For train times, prices, and to book tickets for your journey, visit www.londonmidland.com

Venue
The Birmingham Hippodrome is easy to find, very centrally located, and well connected to public transportation. It hosts a variety of entertainment including resident companies Birmingham Royal Ballet and Welsh National Opera. The Hippodrome attracts almost 500,000 people per year.


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Entry Visas
All foreign visitors entering the UK must be in possession of a valid passport, with an entry visa if required. Most visitors do not require visas, but delegates should consult the following web site for specific regulations: www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out comprehensive medical, travel and personal insurance prior to the commencement of travel, in the unlikely event that unforeseen circumstances affect the meeting or your travel plans.

Liability
Any and all parts of the IADMS 20th Annual Meeting, workshops, and related events as described herein are subject to change. The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science is not liable for damages of any nature sustained by delegates or accompanying persons, or loss of, or damage to, their personal property as a result of the conference or related events.

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