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Birmingham Tours


The following tours are being offered:

The Green Heart - This is a striking new 12-acre parkland at the centre of the University campus, and near to the Conference venue. It has new bridges and pathways that allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross campus, and provides a unique space for performances and socialising, opening up views of original campus buildings, and showing off the modern architecture surrounding it. It starts at 0830 on Tuesday, April 2nd at the North Gate and provides an opportunity for early arrivers to be informed and energise before the Conference starts.

The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory - General - The CTL is a £40 million, BREEAM Excellent, facility which incorporates a wet lab, dry lab and e-lab and has brought together teaching of a range of STEM courses. It has created more effective use of staff time and resources and practical teaching space, and enabled innovations in teaching delivery and the reinvention of practical classes. These tours will give a general overview of most aspects of the facility, but won’t enter the plant room or deal with other building service or engineering issues. Tours will leave the Conference registration desk at 1605 on Tuesday, April 2cnd and 1120, 1400, 1450, 1600 and 1700 on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory - Building Services/Plant - See above for CTL description. This tour will enter the plant room and is aimed at estates staff, and M&E and other suppliers. Tours will leave the Conference registration desk at 1430 and 1550 on Tuesday, April 2nd and 1450 on Wednesday, April 3rd.

Core Facilities and Imaging - This tour will go to the Medical School Building to view the Imaging (microscopy) Centre hosted for the entire university as part of the Enabling Technologies initiative. Staff from other facilities including next generation sequencing, flow cytometry, genome editing and protein expression will be available for further questions and discussion arising from the two Conference sessions on multi-core facilities at Birmingham (U2 and U3). Tours will leave the Conference registration desk at 1630 on Tuesday, April 2nd and 1600 on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The Institute of Traditional Medicine - The ITM was founded to break down the principal barriers to developing novel technologies from research into the clinic. It sits between the Medical School and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and occupies a 1000 m² 3rd floor space that has been refurbished to create labs, a clinical simulation suite and working space. The tours will focus on the innovation activities taking place with the Institute, especially the work of Norwegian medical software company Dignio on wearable monitoring devices as part of a secure, scalable, cloud-based TeleHealth initiative to allow people with chronic conditions to access home-based care and reduce the number of hospital visits. Tours will leave the Conference registration desk at 1630 on Tuesday, April 2nd and 1600 on Wednesday, April 3rd.

Tours taking place at the end of the day (1600, 1630 and 1700) will not return to the Conference venue so delegates may wish to take belongings with them, especially if taking the train as the tours are all nearer to the station than the venue. However, the Conference luggage storage space will remain open until 1800.

Site capacity to run tours is limited, and so places are restricted. External delegates who have pre-registered will be given priority. If you have not pre-registered (or work for the University of Birmingham) check at the Registration desk if places are still available.


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