The 2017 BSI Congress will be hosted in the city of Brighton & Hove on the Sussex coast.
Brighton & Hove, one of Britain’s liveliest cities, has a bohemian, artistic and eccentric atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. Combining the modern with the traditional, the city has a heritage that is rooted in the Regency era and is brought up to date with a unique cultural offer.
The Congress will be held across three iconic venues in Brighton. The Grand Brighton and the Brighton Centre are adjacent seafront venues.
Keynote, plenary sessions (4, 5 and 6 December) and parallel sessions (7 December)
The Grand Brighton
Parallel sessions (5, 6 and 7 December), workshops, exhibition and posters
The Brighton Centre
Plenary session (7 December)
|Monday 4 December||Tuesday 5 December||Wednesday 6 December||Thursday 7 December|
|Registration||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre|
|Refreshments and lunch||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre||Brighton Dome and Brighton Centre|
|Opening & Keynote||The Grand|
|Welcome reception||Brighton Centre|
|Parallel sessions||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre and The Grand|
|Plenary sessions||The Grand||The Grand||Brighton Dome|
|Poster sessions||Brighton Centre||Brighton Centre|
Brighton is just under an hour by rail from London and 45 minutes by road from the M25, half-an-hour from London Gatwick Airport, 90 minutes from London Heathrow or on a direct rail link from the Eurostar Service at St. Pancras International. The city also benefits from regular coach connections from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports and is within easy access of Northern France from the nearby port of Newhaven.
Travel from London Gatwick Airport via train
Direct train services are the quickest and easiest way to get to Brighton. Trains to Brighton run frequently from Gatwick Airport railway station located directly under the South Terminal.
The North and South Terminals are linked by an inter-terminal shuttle service. From the North Terminal, follow signs for the South Terminal. In the South Terminal, follow the signs for the Train Station. Departure boards are clearly displayed in the area where you buy tickets. Ensure you buy tickets before you join the escalators for the platform.
Direct trains to Brighton take 30–40 minutes. For train times and tickets, visit www.thetrainline.com.
Brighton Train station is a 10-minute walk to the Brighton Centre and hotels (see below).
Travel from London Gatwick Airport via coach
Gatwick Airport is also served by National Express Coaches.
North Terminal: Coach services arrive and depart from the lower level outside international arrivals. The ticket office is located inside the terminal at international arrivals. Lifts and escalators are available to help with your luggage and the transit train on the upper level provides a fast connection service with the south terminal.
South Terminal: Coaches arrive and depart from the lower forecourt at stops 16 & 17; signage will direct you between the coach forecourt area and the terminal with escalators, lifts, ramps and travelators to help with your luggage.
The ticket offices are located in both the arrivals travel centre and the upper forecourt area.
Direct coaches to Brighton take approximately 1 hour. For coach times and tickets, visit www.nationalexpress.com.
Brighton Coach Station (Pool Valley) is a 5-minute walk to the Brighton Centre and hotels (see below).
Travel from London Heathrow Airport via train (Heathrow Express)
Heathrow Express trains stop at Heathrow Central (for Terminals 1 and 3) and Heathrow Terminal 5.
Passengers travelling to Terminal 4 should change onto the free Heathrow Express shuttle at Heathrow Central. This service will take you to London Paddington Station. For connections to Brighton on the London Underground, take the Circle Line to St. Pancras International or London Victoria Station. Upon arriving at the station(s), take the direct over ground train services to Brighton.
Travel from London Heathrow Airport via train (Underground Travel via Central London)
Underground Piccadilly Line trains run from all terminals and journey time into Central London is 50–60 minutes. You will then need to use the London Underground Network to arrive at London Victoria, London St.Pancras or London Bridge Stations which all service direct trains to Brighton.
For more information on London Underground, visit www.tfl.gov.uk.
Travel from London Heathrow Airport via coach
Heathrow Airport is served by National Express Coaches.
The Eurostar arrives into London St. Pancras International Station. Onward direct services run to Brighton (see below).
Brighton is served by direct rail links from the following major central London stations:
For train times and prices, visit www.thetrainline.com.
Brighton Train Station is centrally located within a 5–10 minute walk of the Brighton Centre and major City Hotels.
Directions from Brighton Train Station to the Brighton Centre: Walk out of the station and head south down Queens Road, when you get to the Clock Tower cross over and follow West Street directly south until you get to the seafront. The Brighton Centre is to the right and less than a minute’s walk and is situated on Kings Road.
There is a taxi rank situated immediately outside the front of Brighton Station.
All National Express coaches arrive into Brighton Coach Station (Pool Valley) which situated just off the seafront; it is the final stop on your journey and is a 5-minute walk to the Brighton Centre and major City Hotels.
Directions from Pool Valley to the Brighton Centre: Walk directly south out of the coach station heading south towards the sea and onto Kings Road. The Brighton Centre is to the right and around 5 minutes’ walk and is situated on King’s Road.
Transmanche Ferries operate a daily, year round classic ferry service between Newhaven and Dieppe and LD Lines operate a summer ferry service from 1 May to 30 September between Newhaven and Le Havre.
For times and prices, visit www.aferry.com/visitbrighton/.
Brighton is 25 minutes by road or rail from Newhaven.
From London and the North
The easiest way to get to Brighton from London and the North is to connect via the M25 London orbital motorway. It takes about 45 minutes to reach The Brighton Centre once you leave the M25; leave the M25 at junction 7 southbound onto the M23, which later becomes A23 directly into Brighton. The road will continue through the City straight to Brighton Seafront where the Brighton Centre is located.
From the East and West
Brighton and its closest neighbours to the East and West are linked via the A27. This is the easiest route to Brighton from both directions. Leave the A27 via the A23 ramp (signposted Brighton), take the 3rd exit on the first roundabout and 1st exit on the second roundabout, this will join you onto the A23 / London Road directly into Brighton. The road will continue through the city straight to Brighton Seafront where the Brighton Centre is located.
The Brighton Centre does not have its own car parking facilities onsite and, like other historic and compact cities, parking right in the heart of the city is at a premium. If you decide to bring your car into Brighton & Hove, there’s a Park & Ride is available from Withdean Stadium in the north of the city. It’s signposted from the A23 and enables you to park your car and catch a bus to the centre. However, if you do decide to bring your car into the centre, you’ll find a map detailing city centre car parks at www.journeyon.co.uk/car-park-map.asp.
You’ll also find all day pay & display parking available along Madeira Drive (between Brighton Pier and the Marina) and on the Kingsway in Hove (between the Peace Statue and Fourth Avenue).The Brighton Centre also has 3 NCP car parks within a 5 minutes’ walk of the venue and the majority of the major Hotels offer car parking facilities.
For general car parking information in the City Council car parks visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking
Parking concessions are made available to Blue Badge holders. For more information, visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking
Travel within Brighton
Brighton and Hove is very compact and therefore it is extremely easy to explore the city on foot; maps and information on the best routes around to make sure you take in the sites can be obtained from the Brighton Centre information desk located in the Foyer, from your Hotel or from the Visitor Information Centre in the Pavilion Gardens.
If you do require a taxi or bus, they are plentiful throughout the city 24 hours a day. Buses run from all over the city and neighbouring towns and all lines have stops in the city centre where the Brighton Centre is located.
Taxis that you can hail are easily identifiable by the aqua and white livery; they can be booked in advance or can be picked up from the various ranks around the city. The closest to the Brighton Centre is at the bottom of West Street outside the Odeon Cinema. Private hire vehicles are also available but will not stop if you try and hail them.
Both are bookable by telephone and the Brighton Centre information desk staff will be happy to do this for you.
Local Taxi companies include: