ECKM Practical Information

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, ECKM 2020 Practical Information helpful.  

Conference Location

Engineering and Computing Building (Main Entrance)
Coventry University
Gulson Road
CV1 2JH  

University Information

We are a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines including health, design and engineering laboratories, performing arts studios and computing centres. We have been chosen to host three national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which has enabled us to invest substantial sums of money in health, design and mathematics. Our city-centre campus is continually developing and evolving, and we have plans for further investment in it over the next few years. We are a major presence in Coventry, which contributes to the city's friendly and vibrant atmosphere and also enables us to foster successful business partnerships. Through our links with leading edge businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors, our students are able to access project and placement opportunities that enhance their employability on graduation.

Local Information

Coventry is a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan student city with a diversity of cultures and ethnic groups. The University campus is spread across the city centre, making for a dynamic and sociable setting with affordable accommodation just a stone’s throw away. It’s easy and safe for students to find out what Coventry is all about. The city’s rich history and heritage sees world famous sites like Coventry Cathedral and St Mary’s Guildhall sit alongside exciting newer developments like Coventry Transport Museum, Fargo Village and a host of shops, restaurants and cultural entertainment and nightlife venues.

      • In 2018, Coventry was ranked in the top 5 best student cities in the UK, and the 44th best student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2018)
      • Coventry will be UK City of Culture in 2021
      • The University celebrated 175 years of providing education in the city in 2018, having started life as the Coventry School of Design in 1843
      • Coventry is the European City of Sport 2019
      • Our city centre campus won the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2016 from leading environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Discover more about our vibrant city https://www.visitcoventry.co.uk/

Getting to ECKM

The nearest Airport is Birmingham International Airport, which most international airlines operate from. Travel from the Airport to Coventry is easy by train, with around 120 trains a day. The journey time is about 15 mins, and can cost between £3-8. A taxi journey can cost between £20-£30. Coventry is also easily accessible from the London Airports (Heathrow and Gatwick), although additional train travel to Coventry is required.  Coventry is served from London Kings Cross Train Station. It is recommended that you book your train ticket in advance if travelling fro London. This can be done via the trainline. https://www.thetrainline.com/

Route and Prices from the Airport to conference by: - Car-Train-Bus–
This event is taking place in the Engineering and Computing Building (ECB) on Gulson Road which can be found on the map of Coventry University campus. Please see below for further information about travelling to Coventry.

By Car
Coventry lies at the heart of a motorway network. Once you get to the city centre there are signposts to the University from all the relevant ring road junctions From London: follow the M1, leaving it at Junction 17 onto the M45. At the end of the M45, continue along the A45 and follow the signs for the city centre. From East Anglia and eastern England: Take the A14 until it meets the M1/M6 interchange. Then take the M6 to Junction 2 and follow signs for the city centre. From southern England: take the A34 to the M40. Leave the M40 at Junction 15, then take the A46 and follow signs for the city centre. From the southwest: take the M5, then the M42, leaving the M42 at Junction 6. Follow the A45 to Coventry. From South Wales: follow the M4 to the M5, then as above. From western Scotland and the Northwest: leave the M6 at Junction 3 and follow the signs for Coventry city centre. From the North: take the M1 to Junction 21, then to the end of the M69, following signs for Coventry city centre.

By Train
Coventry is on the main intercity route. Trains from London (Euston) leave every 30 minutes throughout most of the day with journey times of 1 hour to 80 minutes. It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Coventry from Birmingham International Station. There are also daily services from Scotland and the Northwest, from Bristol, the Southwest and South Wales. In addition there are frequent services from Oxford, Southampton and Bournemouth, as well as Nuneaton, Rugby, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International (for Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre). Check the National Rail Enquiries website for more information. If you take a taxi from the station, the fare will be approximately £4.00 and you should ask for Engineering & Computing Building on Gulson Road. If you choose to walk, it will take you 15–20 minutes. There are extensive building works between the train station and the city.

By Bicycle
Coventry is well served by cycle paths and if coming from outside the ring road, there are cycle and pedestrian shared-use subways which allow you to circumvent the ring road junctions. For more details see the council's Coventry cycle map. If you are travelling to or from the station by bicycle, the trip will take you approximately 5 minutes. There is a designated cycle path from the Toucan crossing over the ring road and an off-road cycle path that takes you to Friar’s Road. There is covered cycle parking at many locations around the University.

By Bus or Coach
Pool Meadow bus and coach station is located ten minutes' walk from the University's Engineering and Computing building. For details of local bus/coach/train times and destinations please contact the bus station enquiry line on: +44 (0) 24 7655 9559.

Taxi company suggestions and prices from train station and/or airport
There are always plenty of Hackney Carriages at both the airport and train station. If you wish to book in advance we recommend the following companies: Trinity Taxis  02476 999999 https://trinitytaxiscoventry.co.uk/ Airport Taxis Coventry 07933660089 https://www.airporttaxiscoventry.co.uk/

Conference Accommodation

The main conference hotel is yet to be confirmed. This is usually where pre-conference drinks are held and where any transportation required for the conference dinner will run from.
 
We do not currently have special arrangements with the local hotels, but you will find competitive prices on online booking agents such as booking.com.
 



Key Locations

Key locations for the 21st European Conference on Knowledge Management – ECKM 2020 - Coventry, UK are shown on this google map: