As the lead institution on the Raman Nanotheranostics (RaNT) programme, the RaNT 2022 Conference is being hosted by the University of Exeter on its main Streatham Campus overlooking the City of Exeter, the beautiful heart of the South West.
The full conference programme will take place in the Living Systems Institute (LSI), with laboratory tours also taking in parts of the adjacent Physics Building.
Arrival & lunch begins at 1PM. 1st session begins at 2PM.
Conference guests should report to the registration desk at the LSI reception (see map – green cross).
Here you will be greeted by members of the Exeter RaNT team who will provide you with your conference badge and delegate pack. The team will then give you access to the building and direct you through to the conference spaces.
A buffet lunch will be provided on arrival in the Weston Exchange Hub.
Conference guests arriving after the opening sessions should report to the LSI reception (see map – green cross) and give their name to staff on the welcome desk.
Reception staff will check the guest list and give you access to the building.
If reception is uncrewed, please email email@example.com, and a member of the RaNT team will arrive ASAP to look after you.
Below you can find information on possible methods of national and international travel to the conference venue in Exeter.
Exeter has two main railway stations – Exeter St. David’s and Exeter Central.
Use the National Rail Enquiries website to plan your route to the city and buy train tickets. You can also do this by downloading the Great Western Railway (GWR) app, which additionally provides you with the latest travel updates on the rail network. For passenger information you can telephone +44 (0)8457 484950.
Getting to the conference venue from Exeter St. David’s:
The conference venue is approximately 22 minutes walk from Exeter St. David’s station. Google Maps directions.
Taxis can be found immediately to the right of the station exit. Ask the driver for the “University of Exeter Living Systems Building” – journey time approximately 7 minutes.
If you’re arriving early in the morning, a free university minibus service runs from St. David’s station between 07.45-10.30 AM. These can be found to the right of the station exit, beyond the taxi rank. Look for the white minibus with the university logo, or ask station staff to direct you to the “University Minibus”. Once on board, ask the driver for the “Living Systems Building”, and they will drop you near the entrance.
Getting to the conference venue from Exeter Central:
The conference venue is approximately 25 minutes walk from Exeter Central station. Google Maps directions.
Exiting by the main station building onto Queen Street, cross the road to the bus stop (number 26) outside the Mercure Hotel (tall red brick building opposite & slightly to the left when exiting the station). Take the “UNI” bus service to the North Park Road stop on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus – busses run approximately every 40 minutes (journey time approximately 13 minutes). From this stop, the Living Systems Institute is a short walk up the hill.
Take the UNI bus service to the North Park Road stop on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus – busses run approximately every 40 minutes (journey time approximately 20 minutes). From this stop, the Living Systems Institute is a short walk up the hill.
Head to the National Express website to plan your coach journey to Exeter.
Exeter is linked directly to the rest of mainland UK by the M5 motorway, and more locally, to the South West of England by the A30, A38 and the A377.
There is EXTREMELY LIMITED visitor parking on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus.
If you plan to arrive at the conference directly by car, or if you need parking for accessibility reasons, please let the organisers know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will be able to organise a visitors parking permit for you and advise on where you are able to park.
Exeter Airport (EXT)
There are limited direct flights operating into Exeter from airports in the United Kingdom and Ireland including: Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isles of Scilly, Jersey, Newcastle, and Norwich.
Onwards travel from Exeter Airport to the conference venue:
Bristol Airport (BRS)
Bristol airport is a convenient alternative airport and often offers a greater number of flights to and from most European destinations.
Most budget airlines operate from this airport and there are good rail and road connections to Exeter.
Onwards travel from Bristol Airport to Exeter by train:
Traveling to Exeter from London Heathrow (LHR)
For both stages of the journey – from Heathrow to London Paddington, and from London Paddington to Exeter St David’s – you can buy tickets at the airport, or if you’re short of time, you can buy them on the train. You can also buy tickets in advance online using the National Rail website or the Great Western Railway (GWR) app.
Below you can find a suggested list of hotels and B&Bs in Exeter.
They are presented in order of walking distance from the Living Systems Institute. Walking time to the nearest bus stop on the “UNI” route is also highlighted.
CLICK on the ‘walking’ or ‘bus’ icons to access Google Maps directions from the accommodation.
There is very little car parking available on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus.
If you need parking for accessibility reasons, please let the organisers know AT LEAST 1 week before you arrive by emailing email@example.com.
Nowhere in Exeter is more than a 30 minute walk away, and most key locations can be reached within a 15 minute stroll of your starting point.
If you need a taxi during your stay at the conference, we recommend Apple Taxis. Call them on +44 (0)1392 666 666.
Busses run throughout the city. We recommend using the “UNI” bus service to access the conference venue from the City Centre – timetable below.
Dinner is NOT being provided on the evening of Tuesday 6th September, so attendees will need to seek out their own evening meals.
However, the local hosts and session chairs will be happy to lead anyone interested in a group meal into town.
There are lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout the City Centre.
You will find something that caters to most tastes after a stroll along the High Street, Fore Street, Sidwell Street, North Street, South Street, and through the Cathedral Yard. The City’s main dining quarters can be found along Queen Street and in Princesshay.
If the weather is nice, you can take a short walk to Exeter Quayside where you can enjoy a meal with a view across the River Exe.
There are also many excellent independent restaurants along Magdalen Road.