To maintain the safety of our delegates, exhibitors and everyone involved, we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s physical HIS conference, and to shift to a virtual event. We continue to evaluate the feasibility of organising an HIS in 2021 in its original format.
Venue and Accommodation
The conference will take place over one full day at the
Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA
Tel: + 44 117 925 5100 Fax: + 44 117 925 1515
The hotel is situated in the centre of Bristol, adjacent to the Cathedral. Please note that the conference venue hotel is the Bristol Royal Marriott - not to be confused with the Bristol Marriott hotel, which is completely different!
The Royal Marriott has extensive leisure facilities including a gymnasium, sauna, steam room and large swimming pool. The hotel has good on-site parking (operated by NCP) but spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The rail journey from London (Paddington) to Bristol (Temple Meads) takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, and then it is under 10 minutes by taxi to the hotel.
There are daily direct international flights to Bristol airport from Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Paris, as well as from several UK airports.
Overnight Accommodation Options
The conference offers both residential and non-residential registration options. The following information may assist decision making.
The delegate registration desk will open at 0800, alongside the exhibition and a “welcome” coffee, with technical talks beginning promptly at 0900, starting with the opening Keynote presentation. Formal discussions will end at about 1715, but a further hour of informal networking between participants (delegates, speakers and exhibitors), accompanied and assisted by a relaxing drink, will be available until 1830.
Conference registration alone costs £220; the optional extra cost of dinner, bed and breakfast on the evening of 4th November is £145, paid to CSR Events at the time of registration. But please note:
- £145 is a package rate (the cost includes dinner, whether taken or not)
- bedrooms are contracted by us with the hotel, as a (substantial) block allocation
- bedrooms cannot be cancelled, but substitutions are possible, and we may be able to reallocate
- when the block is full, further bedrooms are at the discretion of the hotel
We are able to offer a £25 reduction for early bookings, prior to 1st July.
For new entrants to the profession, as defined on the registration page, we can offer registration for just £110.
Bristol Visitor Attractions
The Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Avon gorge acts as a defining symbol for Bristol, designed by IK Brunel and completed in 1864. A tour of the docks can take in another of Brunel’s masterpieces, ss Great Britain “the world’s first great ocean liner” as well as other historic sites.
Also visit the Matthew, a reconstruction of the ship (a caravel) from which John Cabot landed at Newfoundland in 1497, the first recorded European landfall in North America. The 32m high Cabot Tower was built 400 years later to commemorate his voyage – and his return to Bristol!
Right next to the conference hotel is Bristol Cathedral, founded (as an abbey) c. 1140. Don’t miss the Chapter House (c. 1160), the cathedral east end, and Elder Lady Chapel.