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Directions to venue

Sackville street campus
The conference, exhibition and poster sessions are taking place in the Renold building, located on the Sackville street campus of the University of Manchester.

Please see the campus map available here for the exact location (building 8).

Travel by air
Manchester Airport is one of the largest and busiest in the country. It is located about 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, about 30 minutes from the university.

The airport has a number of transport links to the city:
•Train - The airport’s two terminals are linked directly to the city centre by a fast, frequent 24 hour train link to both Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations. On arrival at one of the stations, see directions to Sackville street campus under section “Travel by train”.

•Taxi - A taxi from the airport to the University will cost approximately £15.

•Bus - Local buses also run to the Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas of the campus. Most major airlines fly to and from Manchester. For more information please visit

Travel by train

The University of Manchester is located close to both Piccadilly main line station (about two and a half hours from London) and Oxford Road train station, with Victoria train station a little further away. The closest station to the Sackville Street campus is Piccadilly main line station (5 minutes walking distance).

For details of timetables, tickets and other rail information, please ring National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (+44(0)20 7278 5240 from overseas) or visit

Directions from Piccadilly station to Sackville Street campus
Head for the escalators to the left of the concourse, following the signs for ‘Taxis’/Fairfield Street. Immediately outside the station main entrance, turn right and cross London Road to the Bulls Head pub. Keeping the Bulls Head on your right walk down London Road & turn right immediately after the railway viaduct, onto Altrincham Street. Continue straight ahead, and to your left you will see the Barnes Wallis Building, Staff House and the Renold Building. For Manchester Conference Centre and Days Hotel, please continue straight ahead and turn left at the Security Lodge; MCC/Days Hotel will be on your right.

Directions from Oxford Road station to Sackville Street campus
At the bottom of the station approach, cross over Oxford St. into Whitworth St (to the right of the Palace Theatre). Turn right before the University's Sackville Street Building and continue along Sackville St. Proceed under the railway viaduct, turn left immediately before the security lodge and continue along the pedestrian walkway to the Renold Building, Staff House and the Barnes Wallis Building.

Travel by car

Detailed instructions on how to get to Manchester and Sackville street campus can be found on the University of Manchester website at

Travel by bus and coach
National Express coaches serve over 1,200 destinations across the UK from the Chorlton Street Coach Station, which is near Piccadilly railway station and a short walk from the Sackville street campus.

Chorlton Coach Station Tel: +44(0)8705 808080

Directions to Sackville Street campus

Turn right out of Chorlton Street Coach Station onto Chorlton Street and walk to the junction with Whitworth Street. Cross Whitworth Street and the Sackville Street part of the campus is straight ahead.

Car parking

Delegates should make use of the multi-storey car park on Charles Street. Delegates are issued with a parking ticket on entry and pay on exit.

Current charges are: £8 for a day; £9 for 24 hours.

Arriving on Sunday

Registration hours for those participants arriving on Sunday are 16:30 hrs to 18:30 hrs.

The registration desk on Sunday only will be located in the reception area of the Weston Conference Centre. Those participants that are staying at Weston Hall and the Days Hotel will also be able to check in for their accommodation in the same area. See the accommodation page on this site for details of check-in/check-out hours.

A Welcome reception with drinks and nibbles has been organised in the Barnes Wallis building for those participants arriving on Sunday. The reception will be followed by the dinner at the Barnes Wallis restaurant for those who have pre-booked a place through the Institute. Please note that the dinner is not part of the registration fee and should have been booked as an extra item.

Conference Registration Desk

Photon06 Registration Desk Number: +44(0)161 306 4099

The registration will be open during the following times and in the following locations:

Sunday (Weston Conference Centre): 16:30 hrs - 18:30 hrs
Monday (Renold building, main entrance area): 08:15 hrs - 18:30 hrs
Tuesday (Renold building): 08:15 hrs - 18:30 hrs
Wednesday (Renold building: 08:15 hrs - 18:00 hrs
Thursday (Renold building): 08:15 hrs - 13:00 hrs

All participants will be given a registration pack containing conference material, a participant badge and tickets for social events. There will be no tickets for refreshments and lunches; instead participants should wear their badge.

Access to conference sessions and ITP sessions

Registered Photon06 participants (full attendees or one-day attendees) have access to all conference sessions, including the ITP sessions. A conference badge (transparent) will be handed out to participants with their conference material when when they register.

Participants that have registered for the Industry Technology Programme only (see the daily ITP fee listed on the Registration Form), will be given a different colour badge (red) at the time when they register. This registration does NOT include attendance of any of the main conference sessions.

Please note that it will not be possible to amend your booking onsite from ITP participation to full conference participation, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Lecture Theatres

All sessions will take place in the Renold building. Participants should check the programme for exact room locations.

Poster Sessions

All poster sessions (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) will be located in the basement area of the Renold building. Please see the programme for exact timings.

Beer and soft drinks will be served with poster sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Presenters giving a poster should read the “Instructions for Presenters” section of the Programme and Conference Handbook carefully.

Urgent messages, Contact numbers

A message board will be placed in the proximity of the conference registration desk. Participants should check regularly for messages, as an attempt to locate participants during session times will be only made in case of extreme emergency.

Any urgent messages can be left during the registration opening hours on the Photon06 Registration Desk Number: +44(0)161 306 4099.

Public Transport in Manchester

The Public Transport for Greater Manchester website at has a wealth of information on local bus timetables, journey planning, park and ride and latest prices for tickets, fares & passes.

Wireless Connections

Sackwille Street Campus accommodation facilities - Student bedrooms at Weston Hall do not have wireless access. Days Hotel has wireless access provided by the service provider The Cloud. For further details please enquire at the Days Hotel reception desk upon your arrival.

Renold building - a number of internet access kiosks and internet points will be available for participants in the area where posters /lectures / exhibition are going to take place. For further details, speak to the organisers onsite.

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Photon 06 is supported by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), the EPSRC, as well as all the key UK organisations of the UK Consortium for Photonics and Optics (UKCPO).

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