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Travel, general and Covid-19 information

Conference Venue:

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange,

150 Morrison St,

Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Telephone: 0131 300 3000



Please check the guidelines applicable to you before travelling to Scotland, official travel details can be found via the Scottish Government’s website.

Edinburgh is a wonderful city and you may wish to make the most of your visit and explore the city! Please note, there may be certain venues that will require masks so do ensure that you bring sufficient masks with you for your trip, but just in case we have one special SfE one for you in your delegate bag. There may be venues that may require a COVID-19 passport upon entry, however, this isn't required for entry to the Conference and the Conference dinner.


Coronavirus guidelines in Scotland
  • COVID-19 passports are not required for the Conference or for the Conference dinner. If the rules around this or any other COVID measures change, we will make sure to update this information and communicate to all event attendees.


  • Please note, as usual, your ID will still be checked upon registration in order to collect your badge. 


  • Masks must be worn at the conference at all times unless you are eating or drinking.


  • If you are attending the Conference Dinner at the National Museum of Scotland on Tuesday 9 November, masks must be worn on arrival but can be removed during the drinks reception and when seated at dinner. Staff will be wearing masks throughout service.


  • If you do not have a face mask, one will be available in your delegate bag and at the Registration desk.

Travel to venue

Multi-faith prayer room:

A private room is available throughout the duration of the conference. On Level 1 - Dressing rooms 1 & 2.

Nursery room:

A private room is available throughout the duration of the conference for breastfeeding, formula feeding and for nursing women to express. Located on Level 1 - Gladsmuir room.

Parking near the EICC
There are many car parks in close walking distance to the EICC. Please access the following links for further details:

National Car Parks (NCP) in central Edinburgh
Sheraton Hotel Car Park located 150 meters from the EICC, with limited accessible parking spaces
Semple Street Car Park located 300 meters from the EICC
Spaces near EICC available via

The EICC is a modern, purpose-built and fully accessible events venue. The venue has been designed to be inclusive to people of all abilities and our team has received full Equality and Diversity Training.

Getting to the conference:

Located in The Exchange district of central Edinburgh, the EICC can be reached by several routes with plenty of accessible travel options to choose from.

Accessible Parking near the EICC
Dedicated accessible parking spaces are available in the following facilities:

  • Sheraton Hotel Car Park located 150 meters from the EICC, with limited accessible parking spaces
  • Semple Street Car Park located 300 meters from the EICC
  • Castle Terrace NCP Car Park located 650 meters from the EICC

In addition, there is on-street parking on Morrison Street near the EICC's main entrance and in surrounding streets, such as Gardner's Crescent, which is free and without a time limit for Blue Badge holders.

Visitors from outside the European Union can apply for Blue Badge status for the duration of their visit. They should contact the City of Edinburgh Council with as much notice as possible via their Request a Blue Badge webpage.

Please note that you should not park:

  • In bus lanes during the hours of operation
  • In cycle lanes
  • On single or double red lines during the hours of operation or in a dangerous section of the road
  • On zig-zag pedestrian crossings at the school entrance
  • In bus stops


Several local buses stop at Lothian Road, which is approx. 300 metres from the EICC. Additionally, Lothian Buses service No. 2 stops just a few metres from the EICC’s main entrances.

All Lothian Buses are easy to access, they are equipped with:

  • Low entrances that can “kneel” to kerb height to give step-free access where possible
  • Retractable boarding ramp for wheelchair access
  • Completely flat areas on the lower deck (with no internal steps)
  • High visibility handrails
  • A dedicated wheelchair space
  • Drivers who are specially trained to help customers enjoy the full benefit of their buses


The EICC benefits from a reserved drop-off area where taxis and cars can park temporarily, directly outside the venue’s two entrances. The taxi rank is situated at the front of the EICC where there is a dropped kerb. Taxis can be booked at the EICC’s Concierge Desks.

The preferred taxi supplier is Central Taxis. All Central Taxis are wheelchair accessible. They offer a mix of 5-seater TX Hackney cabs, 6-seater Mercedes M8 taxis and Peugeot E7 taxis each of which is supplied with a wheelchair ramp, seatbelts and additional safety anchors. All drivers have completed training in Wheelchair Access and Disability Awareness.


The closest train station to the EICC is Haymarket. The station is accessible and is less than 500 metres from the venue.

Waverley Station is one mile from the EICC. All entrances to the station are step-free. Further details can be found in Waverley Station’s accessibility guide.


Edinburgh Trams stop directly outside Haymarket Station, which is the closest tram stop to the EICC. The trams provide frequent connections from the city centre to Edinburgh Airport.


The approach to the EICC from Lothian Road is flat with a gentle slope down towards the two main entrances - the Strathblane and the Lennox. From this direction, you will arrive at the Lennox entrance first.

Arriving from Haymarket Station to the venue, after the step-free pedestrian crossing the pavement slopes upwards – from this direction you will arrive at the Strathblane entrance first.

Venue Access

The EICC’s two main entrances, the Strathblane and the Lennox, both have automated sliding doors that are operated by a push button from the outside and by sensor from the inside. During an event, these doors are manned with security who can offer assistance if required.

Navigating the venue

An effective concierge service, as well as prominent signage and lighting, ensure smooth navigation of the venue. In spite of the building’s complexity and size, it is highly functional yet welcoming. A helpful team of staff is on-hand to assist with navigational and accessibility needs.


All areas of the venue can be reached by lift. All lifts have spoken messages indicating which floor the lift is on and whether the doors are opening or closing. Additionally, all lifts have grab bars for delegates with impaired mobility.

Toilet Facilities

On each floor of the venue there are adapted toilets, with grab rails, emergency buttons, lowered mirrors and fittings. Currently, these toilets allow for either a left or a right lateral transfer, not both.

Induction Loop

In the Pentland Auditorium, an Induction Loop is located in the central section of seats from row F to the rear of the auditorium. To use this, delegates should switch their hearing aids to the "T" position. Additional induction loops are installed as required.

Wheelchair Spaces

There are three spaces in the front of the Sidlaw and Fintry Auditoria, which are available for wheelchair users. There are also six wheelchair spaces in the Pentland Auditorium.

The EICC can make reasonable adjustments to facilities where required, such as providing a wheelchair ramp, which can be utilised to take wheelchair users onto the stage in the Lomond Suite, breakout rooms, Cromdale Hall, and Strathblane Hall.

Society Conference Policies

Social media

The Society welcomes the use of social media at all its events, and delegates are encouraged to tweet about this year’s SfE BES conference using the hashtag #SfEBES2021.
However, we ask that anyone who wishes to post a speaker’s scientific results online, or through other forms of media, ensures that they have first gained approval from the speaker/poster-presenter. This policy applies to both professional journalists and nonjournalists.
All speakers/poster presenters have the right to ask delegates not to
disseminate the research that they have presented.

Photography and filming

Please refrain from filming or taking photographs of any session, poster or exhibit without the prior consent of the speaker, poster presenter or exhibitor. Any official footage or
photographs were taken at the Conference may be used by the Society for Endocrinology for promotional purposes. In addition, the meeting organiser Bioscientifica will be conducting filming for promotional
purposes. Footage will be time-lapsed and no individuals will be identifiable. If you have any queries about this policy, please visit the registration desk onsite.

Children (anyone under the age of 18 years) are not permitted in the exhibition hall at any time.

  • Because of limited seating capacity, the nature of the programme content and to avoid distracting/interrupting speakers or other delegates, children are not allowed to attend any presentations in the scientific programme or industry-sponsored satellite symposia.

  • In all other areas of the event, children are allowed and breastfeeding is welcomed.

  • Where catering is only available in the exhibition hall and you have a child with you, please speak to a member of the Society Events Team, either via registration or the Organisers Office, and catering and refreshments will be provided for you in an alternative area

  • For reasons of insurance liability and safety, infants must be held or be in a pushchair at all times.