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CBMS 2011 - the 24th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
June 27th - 30th, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Bristol, United Kingdom

Centrally located in the south west of England, Bristol enjoys a unique location close to coast and countryside and within easy reach of the neighbouring world heritage city of Bath. Bristol is the eighth largest city in the UK as a whole, and the largest city in the south west.

Situated 120 miles west of London (90 minutes by train), Bristol offers superb transport links including a great location next to two of the UK's largest motorways (the M4 and M5), Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway train stations, an extensive bus service, and an international airport.

If you are travelling to the university's Frenchay campus or your hotel from London's Heathrow Airport, you can do so either by taking a National Express coach to the bus station followed by a bus to the university, or by catching a train to Bristol Parkway or Temple Meads followed by a bus or taxi to your final destination.

You can learn more about what Bristol has to offer from the official Bristol tourist information website.

The following slideshow should give you a brief taste of what there is to see, place your mouse pointer on any picture to pause the slideshow and display more information. Most pictures are hyperlinked to external sites. You can see more photos of Bristol on UWE's Flickr account.


Did you know?

British graffiti artist Banksy was born and raised in Bristol. Many of his earlier creations can be seen around the city.

Over 25% of the world's natural history films are made in Bristol, with the majority of these at the BBC's Natural History Unit.

British trip hop group Massive Attack, musician Tricky, drum and bass DJ Roni Size, experimental electronic group Portishead and trip hop/rock band Kosheen all hail from Bristol. No wonder it was named most musical city in March 2010.

Bristol is home to a number of renowned comedians. The Office's Stephen Merchant and UWE alumnus Russell Howard are from Bristol, comedienne Miranda Hart studied at UWE (then Bristol Polytechnic), while Bill Bailey and Richard Herring grew up in neighbouring Somerset. With such a rich cultural background, it's no surprise that Bristol has become a source of inspiration for essays experts, who often explore the intertwining of the worlds of art, music and comedy in their work.

Bristol is home to many large businesses and employers including Airbus, AXA, BBC, Hewlett Packard, Ministry of Defence, Orange, Rolls-Royce and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Bristol has many awards and accolades including the 'UK's Most Sustainable City', the 'UK's First Cycling City', 'European City of the Year' and was named as one of the world's 'Top 10 Cities for 2009' by DK Eyewitness.


For overseas visitors

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is composed of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a population of approximately 61.8 million people, is part of the European Union, and is a member of the Commonwealth.

Unlike many European countries, the UK uses its own currency, Pound Sterling (indicated by the £ sign or GBP); retailers are not likely to accept Euros in Bristol. All purchases are subject to a value added tax (VAT) of 20%; prices shown for goods and services usually include VAT unless explicitly stated. Tipping is not obligatory in the UK, but a 10% tip is often the norm in restaurants with a waiter service, and a small gratuity for hotel maids/porters and taxi drivers.

Although English is spoken throughout the UK, nearby Wales has its own language as well (Welsh) and road signs use both languages. Gaelic, Irish and Scots are also spoken in parts of the UK.

Power sockets in the UK use plugs with 3 rectangular pins, and supply AC electricity at 240 volts, 50Hz. You are advised to purchase an adapter before entering the UK or at the airport if required.

The international country code for calling UK telephone numbers is 44. You would prefix the UK number you want to call with 0044 or +44 and omit the leading zero.

You will need a valid national passport in order to enter the UK. If you are not a citizen of the European Union, you are likely to need a visa.

If you have submitted a paper to the conference and require a letter of invitation for travel purposes, please request this as soon as possible. Please ensure that we receive this from a verifiable academic or corporate email address or on your organization's letterhead. This is a strict legal requirement.

Event Sponsors

IEEE   The British Computer Society (BCS), Bristol Branch   Association for Computing Machinery   University of the West of England, Bristol