Maintaining trust in medicine in a "post truth" world - 2020 IME Conference
2nd - 3rd July 2020
Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP
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Students - £20 for one day/£30 for 2 days
IME members - £40 for one day/£70 for 2 days (In order to get this price please ensure you log in at the top right of the booking page)
Non-members - £70 for one day/£120 for 2 days (IME Membership is only £80 for full membership (£70 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit - sign up here before registering to get the members delegate fee)
Austin Court is a unique conference venue which is a stunning listed building in the heart of Birmingham city-centre. Its beautiful blend of modern design, period features and inspiring waterside location makes it an ideal venue. Undergoing a refurbishment in Summer 2019 means that you will be treated to an location with state of the art audio visual equipment.
Located slightly along the canal from the Gas Street basin the immediate area boasts many restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. A map of Birmingham can be downloaded here and whilst Austin Court is not specifically shown it is located in square B4 between the ICC and the Barclaycard Arena. Whilst not open at the time of writing, there will be a tram in place before the conference that will enable delegates to travel from across the city (including New Street Railway Station) to within a 3 minute walk (0.2 mile) of Austin Court.
Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the conference venue. The network is unsecured and no password is required.
Austin Court is fully accessible with a level ground floor, lift to the first floor and access to the staged area. Accessibility toilets are located on both the ground and first floors.
All catering (food and drinks) is complimentary during both days of the conference (lunch and break times). Additionally food and a welcome drink are provided during the social event on the Thursday evening. In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, all catering will be vegetarian.
The social aspect of IME events is often commented on in terms of how positive the atmosphere is, and how many delegates get together outside of the formal confernce proceedings. There is an organised social event taking place on 2nd July (free of charge to delegate attendees) and there will be delegates that meet up for a drink and a chat on the evenings of both the 1st July and the 2nd July. Should you want to meet up with other delegates feel free to contact the IME office near the time of the conference to find out about these informal plans.
Find a walking route map here
Leave the bus in the City Centre. Ask for directions to the "Town Hall". A signpost to Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena points to the entrance to Paradise Forum.
Walk through the Mall and exit over the footbridge into Centenary Square, passing the Hall of Memory on your left. Continue towards the ICC and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, also passing the new Birmingham Library, turn right in front of the International Convention Centre to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach Austin Court on your left. Allow 15-20 minutes to walk this route.
(If your bus enters the City via Broad St, get off at "Symphony Hall", then walk past the front entrance (leaving the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on your right), to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach IET Birmingham: Austin Court on your left.
To New St Station
Leave the platform at the North (Wolverhampton or Bristol) end and take the stairs to the "Way out to Victoria Square". When outside, cross the road (Navigation St) and continue directly ahead up Pinfold Street. At the top of the hill the Council House with its clock tower ("Big Brum") can be seen.
As you enter Victoria Square, on your left is the Town Hall (modelled on a Grecian Temple). Follow the signposts for Paradise Forum, Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena. Continue straight on and the Town Hall is ahead on the opposite side of Chamberlain Square and the Council House.
Follow the ramp around the edge of the arena and just to the right hand side of the Town Hall, a signpost to Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena points to the entrance to Paradise Forum.
Walk through the Mall and exit over the footbridge into Centenary Square, passing the Hall of Memory on your left and the Birmingham Library on your right.
Continue towards the ICC and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, turn right in front of the International Convention Centre to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach IET Birmingham: Austin Court on your left. Allow 15 - 20 minutes to walk this route.
To Snow Hill Station
(Chiltern Railways, some Centro services from Hereford, and Metro service from Wolverhampton). Ascend into Colmore Row and turn right. At the end of Colmore Row, across Victoria Square, is the Town Hall (modelled on a Grecian Temple).
Turn right at the Council House; follow the ramp around the edge of the arena, a signpost to Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena points to the entrance to Paradise Forum.
Walk through the Mall and exit over the footbridge into Centenary Square, passing the Hall of Memory on your leftand the Birmingham Library on your right.
Continue towards the ICC and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, turn right in front of the International Convention Centre to meet Cambridge St. Turn left, follow the road until you reach IET Birmingham: Austin Court on your left.
If you wish to take a taxi, Leave the platform near the centre, ascend to the bridge and the main concourse. Leave the concourse by the doors to the left of the escalators.
There is a Taxi Rank just outside. Ask for " IET Birmingham: Austin Court, Cambridge St (next to the Malthouse Pub)".
Birmingham International Airport is served by national and international flights. You can either take a taxi directly to IET Birmingham: Austin Court - ask for "Cambridge St (next to the Malthouse Pub) in the City Centre" - or use the shuttle link to Birmingham International railway station.
From there a frequent service operates to New Street station.
IET Birmingham: Austin Court is adjacent to Tindal Bridge, at the top of Farmers Bridge Locks where the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal joins the Wolverhampton Main Line.
- From the South-West (M5), leave the motorway at Junction 3, follow the A456 towards the city centre
- From the South (M40), South-East (M6) East (M69), or North-East (M42) follow the M6 to Junction 6, then the A38(M) towards the city centre
- From the North-West (M6) or West (M54) follow the M6 either to Junction 7, then the A34 towards Birmingham city centre or to Junction 6, then the A38(M) towards the city centre
By far the easiest, although not the most direct route, is to follow one of the main radial routes towards the city centre.
On reaching the Middle Ring Road (A4540), follow this to the junction with the A457 Dudley Road. Spring Hill Library, a Victorian Gothic Terracotta building, is on one corner. Turn towards the City Centre, also signed Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena.
Take the first available right (at traffic lights) into Summer Hill St, at the next roundabout carry straight on up the hill (King Edward's Road).
The National Indoor Arena and its car parks are on your right. At the top of the hill, the rear wall of IET Birmingham: Austin Court should be visible on the right across the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.
There is very limited parking at IET Birmingham: Austin Court. There is an EV charging point which can charge two electric cars. If the car park is full, the nearest parking is at the National Indoor Arena. It is Pay-and-Display.
There is limited street parking (meters) in side streets opposite the NIA, also on the south side of Broad St (A456). Other car parks are just past the Birmingham Rep between Cambridge St and Broad Street, and at the end of Cambridge St at the junction of Summer Row (A457), the entrance is in Brindley Drive. As well as being further away, these are generally more expensive than the NIA car park.