University College London
London WC 1E 6BT
+44 (0)20 7679 2000
GECCO-2007 tutorials, workshops,
and technical sessions are scheduled to be held at
the UCL Gower Street Site, in the Darwin Lecture Theatre
and the Roberts and Malet Place buildings.
Find Underground, National
Rail, and Bus travel information, and maps of UCL sites
and surrounding London on this UCL webpage:
Publicity Chair Peter Bentley has arranged
a special conference rate at two local hotels. Space
is limited, so book early! To obtain the rates,
follow the instructions below.
130 Tottenham Court Road , London W1T 5AY
To make a reservation:
+44 (0)20 7666 5444 direct hotel reservations
(give code 0706UCL when booking)
+44 (0)20 7451 0196 central reservations
(give hotel name and booking code 0706UCL)
Give name of hotel and code 0706UCL (may be slower than
phoning due to volume of emails. Please do not send
credit card information via email)
Save time and check in online at
http://www.radissonedwardian.com/ey/home.jsp within 7
days and up to 2 hours before your arrival.
GECCO rates (available from 6-12
Single room: £120 per night
Double room, single occupancy: £140
Double room, double occupancy: £160 per
Go to the hotel website and book online or by phone,
quoting "0706UCL" to obtain this rate.
Cancellation less than 1 month before will be chargeable
for the full accommodation charge. Prices include tax,
service charge and breakfast. Rooms have ensuite showers
or baths (choose when booking). Each room features complimentary
wireless Internet access, US 110v sockets. Check in is
from 2.00pm onwards, check out is before 11.00am.
152-156 North Gower
Street, London NW1 2LU
tel: +44 20 7388 0099
20 7788 9699
mobile: +44 79 2057 2008
GECCO Rate: 89 pounds per room (double
room, single or double occupancy), available from 6-12
Go to the hotel website and book online or by phone,
quoting "GECCO conference" to obtain this rate.
Cancellation less than 6 weeks before will be chargeable
for the full accommodation charge. To confirm any reservation
the hotel requires credit card details to guarantee the
booking. Continental breakfast is included in the above
quoted rate. Check in time is 14.00. The hotel provides
free wireless internet in public areas and broadband
internet in rooms. All rooms are en suite, with flat
screen interactive television, video on demand, internet
television and hospitality tray.
For the best value London hotels (look
for those in WC1 or Bloomsbury):
College London's Residences
Rates and Reservations
Rates at UCL Residences range from £25
to £50 per night.
GECCO does not have a group rate for student
accommodations. You must make your room reservation as
an Individual Booking.
The student residences that accept Individual
The Ifor Evans Site
Rates for these residences can be found
IMPORTANT: dates are written
down: day/month/year in England. The date 6/7/07 means
6th of July 2007. TAKE CARE WHEN BOOKING HOTELS!
Unless you specify a roommate, University
College London's Residences will assign one to you. Single
rooms may be available; inquire with UCL Residential
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University College London
was the first university to be established in England
after Oxford and Cambridge, providing a progressive
alternative to those institutions’ social exclusivity,
religious restrictions and academic constraints.
Today UCL is one of the intellectual powerhouses
of British higher education, able to compete with the
best nationally and internationally. UCL is proud of
its sustained academic excellence, for example in biomedical
science (it has many leading London hospitals within
its purlieu), the Slade school of fine art and the Bartlett,
UCL’s faculty of the built environment that takes
in architecture and urban planning. UCL also has arguably
the finest economics department in the UK. UCL has the
highest number of professors of any university in the
UK, with more than 600 established and personal chairs,
as well as the highest number of female professors. Nobel
Prizes have been awarded to 19 academics and graduates.
Innovative partnerships with commerce and
industry are of great importance to UCL, including a
research and graduate training centre at BT's Adastral
Park, as well as a £4.6-million programme to equip UCL's
scientists and engineers with enterprise and business
Some Interesting Facts:
university's main building was designed by William Wilkins
who went on to build the National Gallery.
first Professor of Mathematics was De Morgan.
was the first university in England to admit students
of any race, class or religion, and the first to welcome
women on equal terms with men.
disciplines were introduced as required by the emerging
industrial and commercial society; the first English
university to offer the systematic teaching of law,
architecture and medicine.
first student union is established at UCL
of the more bizarre things to see at UCL is the "autoicon" of
Jeremy Bentham - UCL's spiritual father who died in
1832, but still sits in his favourite chair, in a glass
case in the South Cloisters. The local pub is also
named after him.
1839 Charles and Emma Darwin leased a town house with
garden in Bloomsbury, London. The site on Gower Street
is now occupied by the Darwin Lecture Theatre of University
College - the main lecture theatre used by GECCO 2007.
University of London
Although UCL itself comprises many institutes,
hospitals and centres, it is just one college of the
University of London, which consists of around 50 other
colleges, such as Kings, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary.
The University of London (www.lon.ac.uk)
is a federal University and is the third oldest university
in England, as well as being one of the largest and most
diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal
Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally
as a world leader in Higher Education.
The two founding Colleges of the University,
UCL (founded 1827) and King’s College London (founded
1829), both predate the University, as do many other
of the University’s constituent institutions. For
example, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School
(now part of Queen Mary) and St Thomas’ Hospital
Medical School (now part of King’s College London)
both have twelfth-century origins.
The University has a very diverse
student population of over 125,000 students, with a
further 34,000 students studying by distance learning
on the University's External Programme.
Eat, Drink, Do
near to UCL:
near to UCL:
to do in London:
the summer, London enjoys daylight from 5am to 9pm. Daytime
temperatures vary from around 20 to 28 C. London is usually
one of the warmest and driest parts of the UK, but umbrellas
may be needed as the weather is always unpredictable!
has a huge variety of public transport, including underground
trains (known as "the tube"), overground trains, buses,
taxis and even rickshaws. London is also a nice city
to walk about in - you will find that UCL is walking
distance to all the nearby hotels, pubs, restaurants,
and also China Town, Covent Garden and the West End.
(Driving is *not* recommended as parking is hugely expensive
and UCL lies within the congestion charging zone, meaning
all drivers would have to pay a daily fee, or incur a
summer 2007 smoking will be banned in all pubs and restaurants
traditionally some pubs close their doors at 11pm,
many now have 24 hour licenses so will stay open longer.
all large cities, London suffers from crime. Keep your
valuables safely with you, especially when in restaurants,
pubs or traveling by the tube. Do not keep wallets,
phones or passports in back pockets or jacket pockets
where they may be easily snatched. Try not to look
too much like a tourist (don't walk around with a map
the heightened security following the 9-11 attacks and
the bombing of the London underground, you are required
to keep your luggage with you at all times when you travel.
Bags left unattended at a station - even briefly - will
be treated as suspicious and may be destroyed.
have the right to stop and search you should they be
suspicious. Just cooperate and smile, and everything
will be fine.