Traveling & Venue

The conference will be held at Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, United Kingdom.

The Aston University campus is located in the centre of Birmingham, within 5-10 minutes walk of the main shopping, business and entertainment areas of the city.

How do I get there:  Click HERE

Book room in the Conference Aston Hotel: Click HERE

Traveling by plane

Arriving at Birmingham International airport

Birmingham International Airport has flights within the UK and across Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North America.

It is easy to get from Birmingham International Airport to Aston University. A free shuttle service runs between Birmingham International airport and the Birmingham International train station. Several trains an hour run from Birmingham International train station directly to New Street Station and take less than 10 minutes.

Alternatively, the airport is approximately 20 minutes away by car or taxi.

Arriving at other UK airports

Aston University’s central location in Birmingham means it is well connected by the coach and rail networks linking various parts of the UK.

For passengers arriving at other airports including London Heathrow or Gatwick airport, the simplest means of transport is a coach.

Travelling to Aston University by car

From whichever direction you are approaching Birmingham, Aston University is best reached from the M6 motorway and A38M (not the M6 Toll, which bypasses the city). Our road map (PDF) shows the Birmingham city centre road system around campus.

Our main generic address is Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

Please note that Parking is not normally available on campus for visitors but is available in pay car parks close by.

Travelling to Aston University by coach or bus

By coach

Coach services, including motorway services to London, operate from Digbeth coach station, which is a short taxi ride or 20 minutes’ walk from the campus through the city centre.

To plan your journey visit or call National Express enquiries: +44(0)990 80 80 80

Remember, if you are aged 16 to 26 you are eligible for a Young Person’s Coachcard, which can save you up to 30% off travel costs.

By bus

Because of our central Birmingham location many bus routes pass close to the Aston University campus.

To plan your journey, visit the Travel West Midlands website


Travelling to Aston University by train

Birmingham New Street Station is the nearest main-line station to Aston University, a short, flat 10-15 minutes walk away through the main shopping areas of the city along Corporation Street. The station has direct lines to most parts of the UK and many local services.

Some regional and national services arrive at Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, which are a short ten minute walk from campus. View an interactive map of the route from Snow Hill station to Aston University. Please check your timetable to ensure you know which station you are arriving at.

Visit to plan your train journey, or call National Rail Enquires on +44(0)845 484 950.

Walking to campus from Birmingham New Street Station

  1. Exit New Street Station at the new “New Street Exit.”  Turn right along Stephenson Street, then left into Stephenson Place following signs to the City Centre.  Cross New Street on to Corporation Street (you will see a Lloyds Bank and an Urban Outfitter on the left hand side once you have crossed New Street)
  2. Follow Corporation Street for half a mile to the Aston University campus.  You will pass a large House of Fraser department store on your left.  Keep walking along Corporation Street (over any pedestrian crossings).  After walking past the Square Peg pub (on the left), you will cross a large traffic roundabout (Old Square) and will see a Tesco Metro on your right.  This road is the continuation of Corporation Street.  Keep walking.
  3. You will see a Pizza Express on the right and will pass the Victorian red brick Law Courts on your left.  When you reach STA Travel (on the right hand corner) at the bottom of the road you should turn right into Ryder Street and walk to the pelican crossings over the dual carriageway (James Watt Queensway).
  4. After crossing the dual carriageway, follow the signs into the Aston University campus, walk past the Lakeside Residences and then continue following the path (the lake will be on your right hand side) and the signs until you reach the Main Building with its large clock and its distinctive red and blue sky lifts.  The Main Reception is within this building.
New Street

Some regional and national services arrive at Birmingham Snow Hill and/or Birmingham Moor Street stations (including direct trains from London Marylebone) – please check your timetable.   The Midland Metro Tram service from Wolverhampton and North West Birmingham also terminates at Snow Hill station.


Taxis (London-style black cabs seating 5) can be hired from the taxi rank at New Street Station and cost around £5 to £8  to the University. There is also a taxi rank on campus (on Aston Street by the mini roundabout) to get back to the station.