15 – 18 October 2017 | ACC, Liverpool, UK
Why come to Liverpool?
Liverpool is a historic maritime city in northwest England, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, it is now a modern, vibrant city proud of its rich heritage, world trade roots, famous for its friendly people, and known worldwide for football and a particular pop foursome. Only by visiting can you fully appreciate how much this wonderful city has to offer.
For a compact city, Liverpool features an impressive collection of attractions. The waterfront boasts a fascinating mix of the historic and modern, while the city itself features everything from historic quarters to modern shopping and entertainment areas. With plenty of open space, Liverpool is a joy to wander – you will find pleasant surprises around many corners.
What is this Lambanana everyone is talking about?
This is a very good question, what is this lambanana? In basic terms a lambanana is a merge of a ‘lamb’ and a ‘banana’ which was originally created by a Japanese artist Taro Chiezo. The sculpture was created for the ArtTransPennine Exhibition in 1998, part of an initiative to create a ‘corridor of art’ through the North of England.
Liverpool’s contribution, was the Superlambanana which was unveiled to the city at the reopening of Liverpool’s branch of the famous Tate Gallery. An ironic comment on the dangers of genetic engineering, it was developed with the city specifically in mind as both the banana and lamb were once a common cargo in Liverpool’s bustling docks and is now seen as a representation of the city’s traditional role as a port, exporting Lancashire wool and importing Fyffes bananas.
Chiezo’s SuperLambBanana was intended as a fusion of thoughts about the future and the past at a time when Liverpool was leaving behind a rather troubled recent history to become a centre of excellence for medical science and hi-tech engineering.
Chiezo had first created a model of the hybrid beast just four inches tall and that was brought to towering 17-foot life by local sculptor Andy Small, Julian Taylor, Tommy Reason and Ray Stokes and these are what you will see when you come to Liverpool in October 2016!
Liverpool, a city like no other, now comes complete with an app that’s faithful to its rhythm and soul. Britain’s most tourist-friendly city (according to Rough Guides and CNN Traveller) is an urban adventure zone of UNESCO-protected cityscapes, family-focused fun and after-dark exploits. It’s Liverpool taps into the real Liverpool.
A useful app can be found at: http://www.itsliverpool.com/app/
- ATMs/Cash Machines
- Smoking Policy
- Tax Refunds
- What to pack
ATMs are located across the city in addition to within the ACC at the Galleria, the conference venue
Shops in the city centre are generally open Monday to Friday until approx. 7pm, 10am until 6pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays
October temperatures range from 9C to 13C. On average there are 5 hours of sunshine per day. Those that know the British climate will now that a rain coat or umbrella are useful to have just in case!
It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places and workplaces in England, including Hotel bedrooms
The local currency is £ (GBP). Most shops will only accept UK sterling, but many larger hotels and larger shops may accept Euros, however you may not be offered the best exchange rate. All major credit cards will be accepted in hotels and shops, and PIN numbers are required in general for their use.
All purchases in the UK are subject to VAT @ 20%, except books and food. VAT is already included in all shop pricing. Visitors from non-EU countries can claim a refund of VAT from selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the Retail Export Scheme.
The standard electricity supply in Liverpool and England is 240V AC. 50HZ. The plugs are different from those used in Europe, and an adapter will be required for use. North American appliances need a transformer and an adaptor. Australasian appliances need only an adapter. Plugs have 3 pins and adapters are widely available.
From March to October, the UK operates on Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour
The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.
There are no set rules for tipping in England. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly with table service. Tipping in bars is not expected and for taxi fares, it is usual to round up to the nearest pound (£)
English is the national language and will be used throughout the meeting. The local Liverpool accent (“Liverpuddlian”) can be difficult at first to understand to those not used to it!
Dress Code: Conference: Smart/Business casual. Gala dinner: Smart/Cocktail attire